A recent article about a farmer in Kentucky highlights the hemp security issues surrounding cultivation and transportation. The farmer in the article said the same thing that I have heard many clients say. They never thought that growing hemp would have the same security risks as marijuana cultivation.
Our hemp clients all saw a simple, newly legalized, cash crop to grow and sell for a tidy profit. Simple, easy, and a natural extension of their current business model. None of them thought that they would have to deal with people looting their hemp fields. They go through the fields thinking they are stealing marijuana to get high on or sell on the black market. Unfortunately, hemp has the same security issues as marijuana because criminals can’t tell the difference.
I have one client that called and said that he couldn’t believe anyone would want to steal hemp like that. He posted signs all over his greenhouse that say the crops inside are hemp and not marijuana, and that the plants contain less than .3% THC, etc. He then had a retired Michigan State Police (MSP) officer fcome by and tell him that those signs didn’t matter. If anything, they call attention to the fact that he has something in there worth stealing and thieves wouldn’t be likely to believe the signs anyway.
The Same Security Issues as Marijuana
The retired MSP officer then told him that he needed armed security for his greenhouse. He was also told that if he tries to just put his hemp harvest on a truck and drive it down the road to sell, he’s asking to get robbed. Having received my card from his cultivation consultant, he then called to ask if that made sense to me. I had to agree with the advice he received from the MSP officer and others, there is a need for hemp security.
Fortunately, this client had received some good advice before he had security issues. He hired Marijuana Security Operations (MSO) to provide both armed security for his greenhouse during harvest time and secure transportation for his hemp harvest when he is ready to move it.
The farmer in the article mentioned above learned the hard way and now has the same security measures in place.
The most risky time for hemp and marijuana cultivators is when the plants go into flower, through trimming. Please give us a call before you approach this time and find out how we can help.
Let us handle the hemp security issues so you can focus on what you do best.