This past weekend marked Boston’s third annual New England Cannabis Convention. The event celebrated Massachusetts’ new recreational legalization laws, with vendors selling glassware, soil solutions, grow boxes, and app ideas throughout the Hynes Convention Center. But scattered among the booths of cannabis tech companies and hydroponic growers were a number of security companies, selling their services and hoping that marijuana’s transition from illicit drug to cash crop will bring increased business to the protection industry.
“We’re trying to be the go-to security company for the cannabis industry,” Gerard Boniello, the managing partner of Omnium Protection Group, told Mass Live. Omnium had a booth at the Boston convention, and Boniello spent his weekend trying to convince potential clients that their unique businesses would require a special type of security.
With high value product and federal prohibition blocking banking, Boniello argues that Massachusetts’ canna-businesses will face a high threat of robbery.
In addition to Omnium, Arlington, Mass. based American Alarm and Communications Inc. put up their own booth, and handed out brochures detailing how…