The Picture of Clout
- As cops, part of their jobs was to put away drug sellers and users. Now, former law enforcement officials are doing private security work for Illinois’ now-legal medical marijuana industry.
“I became a policeman in 1968,” says Terrance “Terry” Gainer, a former Chicago homicide detective and chief police legal adviser who went on to lead the Illinois State Police and the U.S. Capitol Police and is now a security adviser for a company that has been granted state permits to grow and sell medical marijuana. “I did not conceive that in the year 2014 I would be working for a company interested in the medical marijuana business.”
Gainer also served as the U.S. Senate’s sergeant-at-arms and was a top official with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. Now the head of his own consulting business, he is among at least five former law enforcement officials working for Illinois medical marijuana businesses.
Others who have hired on with medical pot interests:
• James Smith, a former U.S. Marshals Service inspector who spent nearly 30 years with the federal agency who is a managing member of Silver Star Protection Group.
• Kenneth Bouche, a former colonel with the Illinois State Police who’s now chief operating officer of the consulting firm Hillard Heintze.
• Ken Boudreau, a retired Chicago Police Department sergeant who oversaw gang school safety teams and is now chief executive officer of Embassy Security Group, which is working with nine Illinois marijuana license-holders.
• Michael Chasen, a former Chicago deputy chief of detectives who is chief security officer for Wicker Park’s Modern Medicine Dispensary.