Experts Weigh In On Dispensary Security 

Experts Weigh In On Dispensary Security 

Looking to tighten up your dispensary?

We asked experts to lend us some of their wisdom when it comes to navigating the ever-evolving industry. Note: Names and identifying information have been changed to protect the privacy of our contributors. 

Perimeter Security: No Half Measures

Michaelangelo Emerson, Security Consultant, Former Law Enforcement Professional

“Here’s how it’s going to go. You do everything you can to protect your people and assets. There are all kinds of people out there. You think you can run a marijuana business without attracting the wrong type of attention? Think again. This business has been around for longer than you have. When it comes to security, there are no half-measures. You do it right, or you don’t do it at all.”

Cannabis security compliance laws vary from state to state. There’s a reason why the industry has an influx of former law enforcement and military professionals providing security and consulting services. All aspects of the business, including growing, distribution, and retail must be legally compliant. 

Emerson emphasizes the importance of having state-of-the-art security cameras. “You can forget about skating with the cheap stuff. You need to keep an eye on the entire premises, from head to toe. Invest in the best equipment on the market, and make sure surveillance covers every inch.”

Obey The Law And Know Your Rights

Sylvester Galloway, Criminal Lawyer, Former Retail Salesperson

“A wise man once told me that if you’re in the marijuana dispensary business, then you better make sure you dot every ‘i’ and cross every ‘t’! 

Now unless you want to have security personnel alternating shifts and standing guard like 16th-century knights, you’re going to have to embrace technology. ‘Cause if you don’t like electricity, I don’t know what to say to you. There are some real crooks out there looking to make a sucker out of anyone. I’m talking about hard criminals looking to hold up a store to some punk who thinks he can steal and blunt and walk out like it’s no big deal. People like that are always watching, whether you know it or not. They are waiting for a chance to pounce on you when you’re not ready and then BAM it’s too late! 

Now as a lawyer myself, I can tell you that we aren’t cheap. And those guys in law enforcement— well I’m sure they’d be happy to help, but only when they’re not saving people from emergencies around the clock. If I were you, I’d call Cannabis Compliant Security Solutions. You better call them and tell them Sylvester sent you!”

Access Control And Surveillance

Gilbert Furnstein, Legal Cannabis Grower, Former Restaurateur

 “First and foremost, only those who are permitted may enter. One compromise could topple everything. So you must be calculated—strategic, if you will. Understand your operations from the inside out. And if you cannot do it alone, hire people who have demonstrated excellence.”

Mr. Furnstein believes that while it is important to hire employees you can count on and trust, management is responsible for implementing systems that hold people accountable. “I have known a lot of people. Some who I could trust, others, whom I could not. But in the end, no matter who you trust in your establishment, you must restrict and limit entry points. Unauthorized access is the biggest threat to any business. 

One last thing I’ll add is that liaising with the local precinct was a major benefit to my business. I advise you to partner with someone who can do the same.”

You can call Cannabis Compliant Security Solutions today.

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