How New Technologies Enhance Cannabis Security

Ryan Allway

March 28th, 2017

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Cannabis security solutions used to consist of closed circuit cameras, armed guards, and perhaps access control cards. Since then, the security industry has developed high-tech devices capable of detecting what a person’s carrying before they enter a building or if unknown vehicles are approaching the premises. These technologies can help keep cannabis businesses safer and more capable of defending against physical and electronic attacks.

In this article, we will take a look at the importance of security, new security solutions on the market, and some tips for cannabis businesses.

Importance of Security

Cannabis businesses are forced to transact in cash and deal with a product that’s historically associated with crime, which exposes the industry to unique security risks compared to many other types of industries. According to NBC News, the Denver Police Department estimated that about 17% of marijuana retail shops were robbed or burglarized in 2009. This is a bit less than liquor stores (20%) and banks (34%) and on par with pharmacies.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) famously ordered all security and armored vehicle companies to stop serving legal medical marijuana dispensaries in 2013, but many states are prepared to override that guidance with laws requiring secure transport in an effort to keep cash and drugs out of the hands of criminals. These new laws could come into effect as early as next year, which means cannabis business should start preparing now.

New Security Solutions

There are many new security solutions that have been developed over the past several years, which could help cannabis business reduce their risk.

These new solutions include:

  • Discrete Armored Vehicles – Most armored vehicles can be easily recognized, but Hard Car Security has developed discrete vehicles that add an extra layer of protection by keeping these vehicles hidden from criminals in the first place.
  • Robotic Patrols – Internal security guards risk falling asleep, calling in sick, or even being an ‘inside man’. SHARP Electronics platforms provide high-tech security that doesn’t involve a human component for maximum security.
  • Image Recognition – Facial recognition and license plate recognition software can help companies keep track of everyone that comes in and out of the building and potential deter criminals from trying to burglarize or rob the place.
  • Weapon Detection – New weapon detection solutions alert dispensary owners when someone is carrying a concealed weapon, which can help them proactive lock down the store to prevent a security incident from occurring.
  • Cybersecurity Solutions – Cybersecurity solutions can be put in place to ensure that all computer systems – including point of sale solutions – are properly secured and aren’t put at risk by external hackers looking for easy access.

Tips for Cannabis Businesses

Cannabis business owners should start by evaluating their current security measures and identify any potential vulnerabilities. Often times, it makes sense to bring in a security expert to help perform this analysis to ensure that no stones are left unturned.

Business owners may also want to consider taking simple classes on MJ Reality Show to learn how to conduct basic background checks and what doors to use for the building. These tips can help provide a base level of information when first starting out.

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Ryan Allway

About Ryan Allway

Mr. Allway has over a decade of experience in the financial markets as both a private investor and financial journalist. He has been actively involved in the cannabis industry since its inception, covering public and private companies.

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