When it comes to the cannabis business, there aren’t many places that are more attractive than Las Vegas.
At least, that’s what best friends and business partners Lindsay Ballengee and Marta Spegman-Lopez Venture figured when they moved here from California last year to get their startup off the ground.
The pair, who went to the same school in New York City but later became good friends while working in the cannabis industry in Northern California, plan to soon launch SafeArbor, a company that will specialize in secure contactless cannabis transactions.
SafeArbor’s locker product—which will be known as “grab-and-go” lockers—will allow cannabis customers to pay for and pick up a dispensary order without ever interacting with a person.
It’s basically an Amazon-type locker—like what might be seen outside a convenience store—but specifically for the cannabis industry,
Other than recreational cannabis being legal here, Ballengee said there were many other factors that helped draw the pair to Southern Nevada.
One is its partnership with American Locker, a manufacturer based in North Las Vegas.
“Las Vegas has the right economic climate, and it’s a much more cultural city than I think we think we knew before we moved here,” Ballengee said. “We’re really excited to be here. The support system is here for us.”
The idea for SafeArbor would seem to address a market need. That’s what Ballengee and Spegman-Lopez Venture said they found after visiting with many cannabis industry workers and officials in recent years.
It’s true, the pair will be selling lockers, but they’ll also be selling convenience.
“You won’t have to wait in line; you can be on your couch, place your order, then go to the dispensary to pick it up,” Bellengee said. “You’re not waiting in a line with people maybe coughing on you, you go up to