Although twenty-nine states legally approve the use of medical marijuana for distribution, businesses associated with it still find themselves operating in something of a gray area these days when it comes to the law. The problem stems from the fact that marijuana remains classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance at the federal level. As a result, the medical marijuana industry faces several unique challenges, particularly in the area of providing security for dispensaries.
As with other drugs and pharmaceuticals, a substantial black market for marijuana persists due to its illegality. Medical marijuana dispensaries, therefore, run a significantly higher risk of being targeted for theft, robbery, and burglary—much greater than many other businesses. These facilities will carry stocks that have a considerably elevated street value compared to what they sell for through a dispensary.
There are also other factors connected to marijuana’s ambiguous legal status that create additional security concerns. Many major banks refuse to accept money derived from the sale of marijuana. The result is that dispensaries must frequently operate as cash-only businesses. When considering the possible amounts of both marijuana and cash on hand, it is easy to see how these firms become appealing targets for criminals.
The difficulties, unfortunately, don’t end there either. As with banks, major security providers such as ADT also refuse to contract with the dispensaries. ADT’s policy cites the fact that marijuana’s still illegal under federal law as the key factor in denying service. Taken all together, the combination of these factors can make running a medical marijuana dispensary a very high-risk business.
Our team of security specialists can cover the most critical areas of risk exposure for medical marijuana dispensaries. Our services include:
Training: Before we dispatch our guards to any assignment, they first go through rigorous training. In the case of medical marijuana dispensaries, this instruction is specific both to the challenges faced by the industry, as well as to the particular facility they will be guarding. Our security strategy accounts for all risks related to both location and operations. Also, our criminal justice and law enforcement experts are also training specialists who can certify personnel in nine critical phases of security services. This training is supplementary to the CPR/AED/First Aid certification that all staff has.
Coverage: Particularly in the field of medical marijuana, it’s going to be crucial for your business to have the visible presence of security personnel at all times. This tool alone is shown to be the most effective for deterring criminal activity before it begins. Our guards are a uniformed presence that can be available twenty-four hours per day and seven days per week.
Flexibility: We’ll work with you to come up with a security plan that fits the needs of your business. There are many periods when you may be facing an elevated security risk. Supply deliveries or bank deposits of large volumes of cash may be occasions of particular exposure for your business and employees. We can expand our presence for these critical operations to mitigate your risk. At other occasions, when risk is minimal, it may make more financial sense to reduce your security presence. Armed or unarmed security services may also be utilized, depending on your specific needs.
Experience: Our consultants all have experience that uniquely qualifies them for the challenges of security work. They come from various fields of law enforcement, the military, as well as previous work as private security personnel. They have brought with them a wealth of knowledge and training before even starting their professional careers with Nationwide Security Guards. The result is that our company has built a diverse team that can successfully handle a broad range of security-related challenges and situations. Our services range from personal security to special events to commercial. Whatever the circumstance, we train our consultants to be prepared to handle it in the most professional and productive manner possible.
Professionalism: You’ll notice our exceptional professionalism from the very first time you contact Nationwide Security Guards. We pride ourselves on our responsive customer care. Our dispatchers are well-trained, courteous and professional. Our security personnel are highly motivated and approach their jobs with a tremendous degree of personal integrity.
It is critical that you put your security concerns in the hands of professionals, regardless of your what your needs may be. However, the necessity becomes even greater in situations such as those faced by the medical marijuana industry. Just as dangerous as the would-be criminal on the street can be the new security provider trying to exploit an industry that faces obstacles in obtaining reliable services.
The difference between these companies and Nationwide Security Guards is that we are a protection agency that is owned and operated by certified law enforcement officers. We are a fully licensed and insured private security and private protection agency. Our record speaks for itself in having provided services to Fortune 500 companies, high profile celebrities, and all manner of business and commercial operations. Don’t take chances when it comes to the security of your assets and the safety of your employees. Choose a recognized global leader in private security. Choose Nationwide Security Guards.
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