Thieves know that cannabusiness sales will reach $25 billion in the U.S. by 2025. Currently, 18 states, plus the District of Columbia and Guam, allow the recreational purchase of cannabis. Medicinal use of marijuana is allowed in 37 states currently. More than 145 million Americans live in a state that has legalized cannabis use.
Despite these successes, cannabis business owners face big challenges.
Video surveillance can help increase security for cannabis dispensaries. Here are some cannabis security tips to help keep these businesses safe.
Cannabis Video Security 101: What Does the Law Say?
Cannabis businesses work with cash—and lots of it—every day. Since these businesses can’t have bank accounts, there is usually cash on hand. That makes them vulnerable to theft from employees in addition to external burglary.
“Video security is one of the most important aspects of the legal cannabis business.”
Dispensaries in some states have been hit hard by criminals seeking cash. California has seen a wave of smash and grabs; 20 in November 2021 alone. However, the annual rate of robbery at cannabis dispensaries seems to be somewhere between 12% to 20%.
Security for these cannabis dispensaries relies heavily on video surveillance tools.
In fact, many state laws mandate that all cannabis facilities install and maintain video surveillance systems.
Cannabis video security systems protect all elements of the business, from retail dispensaries to storage warehouses, and growing operations.
Every state has a different set of security rules for video surveillance in cannabis dispensaries. Let’s take California as an example. The state currently mandates:
Most states also regulate fencing and some require video surveillance to integrate with other security systems. However, rules governing the security of cannabis dispensaries are constantly changing. When considering dispensary security, research the laws of your state.
Cannabis Security System Challenges and Solutions
Also, consider the different facets of your business. The cannabis industry brings together several disparate business models. First, there is the agricultural expertise required to cultivate and grow the product. Then, there is the logistics and transportation necessary to transport the product to the dispensary. Finally, there is the retail storefront where the product is sold.
From a security perspective, the cannabis business presents some unique challenges. For example, these facets of your business could be spread out over multiple geographic areas. Or, everything could come together in one large facility. The video security for cannabis dispensaries, as well as behind-the-scenes operations should include these considerations:
All of these systems should have mobile access that alerts you if there is a problem. In addition to on-site physical security, consider after-hours remote monitoring of your video feed. This can provide you with an immediate response should a break-in occur.
Cannabis Security Best Practices
Developing a security plan for your cannabis dispensary should be your first step in keeping your business, property, and employees safe. We recommend the following processes for shoring up existing cannabis security or when building a new business:
The cannabis industry is vulnerable to theft from both inside and outside the business. As a primarily cash business, cannabis dispensaries are particularly vulnerable. But a well-thought-out security plan featuring video surveillance can help protect these businesses.
Pro-Vigil is a leading provider of video surveillance security for cannabis operations, production, and retail dispensaries. To find out how we can help your growing business, chat with us today.