Ex-law Enforcers Transition From War On Drugs To Medical Marijuana’s Big-business Prospects – News – Journal Star – Peoria, Il

Capitol police chief and U.S. Senate sergeant-at-arms. After some initial reluctance, the 68-year-old said he was swayed in part by “the sea change in society and our attitudes” toward the drug and the possibility of big business. He advises Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries on its security needs, has worked with prospective marijuana-business owners in Florida and New York and testified in support of the industry before Maryland lawmakers. “The business people involved in this are very serious about their investments,” he said. Other players in Illinois include retired Will County Circuit Judge Robert Livas, co-founder of a company licensed to open two Chicago-area dispensaries who was once named judge of the year by the Illinois State Crime Commission. Another is a former Chicago-area assistant state’s attorney who handled gang crimes and now is vice president of a company that owns a dispensary. There’s also an ex-Cook County prosecutor-turned- general counsel of PharmaCannis, the state’s single largest pot provider with four dispensaries and two indoor growing operations. There’s also Arnette Heintze, a former U.S. Secret Service senior executive who helped protect two presidents. Terry Hillard, Heintze’s partner at the Chicago consulting firm that advises medical marijuana growers and retailers on security, spent five years as Chicago’s top cop.

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