Since California made recreational marijuana legal, over 350 licensed recreational marijuana stores have opened in the state—with more on the way. The nature of the product presents unique security issues.
A Security Guard Presence. Security guards at marijuana dispensaries are a necessity. Because of federal laws, transactions are cash-only meaning dispensaries must have a significant amount of money on hand during business hours. This makes the dispensaries a tempting target for thieves who not only see the resale value in the store’s inventory, but the store as an easy target to grab large amounts of untraceable cash.
Post a security guard at the dispensary entry. The guards should be friendly (not intimidating to scare away patrons) yet ready to respond when necessary.