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Top 5 Cannabis Security Services for Marijuana Dispensaries

January 12, 2018

Finding quality cannabis security services for your marijuana dispensary is important to protect your profits and meet compliance standards. Security for cannabis retailers comes in many forms, from surveillance to armed guards to armored trucks. Selecting a cannabis security service that can provide solutions to all of your business needs should be a high priority for every dispensary.

To help marijuana retailers in their quest to hire the best security service, we’ve compiled a list of the top five cannabis security services. Keep in mind that not all of these security services will be available in every state but hopefully this guide will help you make an informed decision.

1. Cannaguard Security

Based in Portland, Oregon, Cannaguard is quickly becoming a leader in the cannabis security industry. Currently they offer their transportation services to marijuana dispensaries in Oregon, Washington, and have recently expanded into California. However, Cannaguard also provides consulting and security solutions for cannabis retailers around the country.

Catering to the marijuana industry, Cannaguard is also well versed in compliance for Washington, Oregon, and California. They’ve also embraced new technology within their security systems with utilizing mobile applications that allow owners to monitor real time video from anywhere.

In addition to transport and consulting services, Cannaguard specializes in electronic surveillance, cash and product tracking, IT services, and asset protection. If you’re a west coast dispensary enlisting cannabis security services from Cannaguard is highly recommended. We expect their territory to continually expand as the legal market grows.

2. Canna Security America

Canna Security America was established in 2009 and though they are based in Denver, Colorado, they service every state with legal medical and recreational marijuana. Boasting the title of the “first national security solutions provider for the marijuana industry,” CSA offers physical security guards, transportation, compliance consulting, video surveillance and alarm systems for dispensaries.

They also recently upgraded their transportation fleet to armored Mercedes Benz Sprinter vans equipped with bullet-resistant technology, GPS tracking, and a 4-point camera system that is always streaming to the command center. Investing in the new transport fleet with advanced traceability will definitely be worthwhile and allow the company to meet the increased demand for transportation security.

3. MPS Security Service

MPS Security Service was founded well before medical marijuana was even legal. The Murietta, California company was founded in 2003 as a subsidiary of National Business Investigations, Inc. They quickly noticed the need for security solutions for the medical marijuana industry and have built a strong reputation securing exclusive contracts for Seattle’s Hempfest and the 420 Denver Cannabis Cup.

MPS Security armored vehicles are second to none, including Brinks, and offer their transportation services to medical dispensaries, cannabis retailers, and cultivators in Colorado, California, Maryland and Illinois. Other services include security consultation, armed and unarmed guards, camera systems, and revenue protection.

4. Operational Security Solutions

Operational Security Solutions is a cannabis specific security service that is currently only serving the State of California. Established in 2016, OSS is fairly new to the marijuana industry but was founded by a very experience team of security professionals who understand cannabis compliance and risk management.

While Operational Security Solutions may not have as much experience as some aforementioned cannabis security services, they do offer financial services. They are currently registered as a money services business with the US Department of the Treasury and the State of California allowing them to securely transport, deposit, and transfer cash. This unique advantage will hopefully help the company grow and compete with the major marijuana security firms.

5. Senseon Secure Access

Number five on our list of reliable cannabis security services goes to Senseon Secure Access. Senseon offers a different type of security service for marijuana dispensaries. They focus on designing smart cabinetry locks for cannabis retailers that meet and exceed state compliance regulations. There is certainly a growing need for this type of technology and Senseon is pioneering the way dispensaries store, showcase, and access their merchandise.

Some of the more advanced features include automatic relocking, programmable RFID entry, and customizable staff permissions. Senseon’s proximity reader can support up to 15 entry methods making it perfect for big dispensaries with many employees. Installation is easy and the E-Locks are completely invisible. Eliminating the need for keys will prevent them from falling into the wrong hands and reduce theft from customers or staffers.