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Surveillance Systems for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries & Grow Facilities

Now legal in several states, medical marijuana dispensaries represent a rapidly expanding industry. Depending on the location and size of the facility, some medical marijuana dispensaries include a small retail storefront whereas others are large in size and maintain cannabis growing operations.

Medical marijuana dispensaries must meet state regulations in order to conduct business. Strictly enforced state regulations vary for each state but all have thing in common: all states permitting dispensaries require that the facility manager have a functioning video surveillance system monitoring the dispensary at all times.

You can learn more about state medical marijuana laws by visiting the NCSL website.

Security Threats

Loss Prevention: Every dispensary manager knows the importance of protecting his or her assets, which is why it’s critical to invest in retail loss prevention measures. Security cameras strategically placed at all entrances & exits help to prevent robbery and catch detailed imagery in case an unauthorized person breaks into the building. To increase cash or point-of-sale security, cameras should be installed in areas where cash is being handled. Finally, to reduce inventory shrinkage, the main sales floor as well as stock area should be monitored by HD security cameras in case an employee or customer shoplifts.

Employee Theft: Dishonest employees are not afraid to take directly from the cash register, and dispensary managers can’t always be right there to make certain that all sales for the day have been added up correctly. An easy way to reduce employee theft is by strategically placing surveillance cameras above the cash register. Employees performing cash transactions will think twice when there’s a camera directly above them. Another fraudulent activity to be aware of is “sweethearting,” which occurs when the employee gives unauthorized discounts to friends or family. Security cameras facing the display monitor can catch instances of sweethearting to prevent it from becoming a problem. Cameras should also monitor grow operations, the cash safe or other restricted areas of the site that contain raw cash, and the retail space to ensure employees are not attempting to steal plants or product.

Operations Monitoring

Grow Monitoring: In addition to reducing security threats, video surveillance systems allow dispensary or grow facility operators to monitor their crops and growing process, ensuring that every marijuana plant is harvested efficiently and meets the highest standards of quality. Depending where cameras are placed, dispensary managers can gain keen insight into the daily operations of their facility by viewing live and recorded footage.

The cultivation of marijuana seeds requires detailed attention. Reviewing video footage of growing operations ensures only the best practices are used in the process. Video enables facility managers to pinpoint unnecessary or poor growing practices. Eliminating these processes from happening in the future will help prevent low-quality marijuana products and edibles from reaching the consumer.

Remote Check-in: Thanks to the power of IP surveillance systems, dispensary managers can easily check up on their facility, employees, and level of customer service from a smartphone or tablet, giving them the freedom to be offsite without losing sight of their business. Many sophisticated mobile monitoring apps are available today, and give users the ability to monitor multiple cameras at once and review previously recorded footage. The advantage of mobile monitoring is that dispensary manages can view their facility from just about anywhere.

Security Camera Solutions

IP Video: Unlike CCTV cameras, IP video captures and transmits images over an IP network. IP video allows the user to view and record footage remotely from a smartphone or tablet. IP video systems also use fewer cables than CCTV systems, making them much easier to install in difficult-to-wire areas.

Full HD Resolution: The facility manager should look for an IP camera system with full HD 1080p resolution to achieve the best results. This level of resolution captures extraordinary detail in every image, ensuring that identifying traits are visible. Don’t risk capturing anything less than remarkably clear video — HD resolution is the best protection against grainy or unrecognizable video footage.

Wide Dynamic Range: This often underrated feature is a must-have for marijuana dispensary security systems. Wide dynamic range (WDR) can considerably reduce the overexposure effects of unfavorable or difficult lighting scenarios, therefore creating clearer, identifiable images. Without WDR, images are far likelier to be washed out or too dark. To ensure optimal image detail is achieved, wide dynamic range should be paired with full HD resolution.

Protective Housing: In high-risk areas, surveillance cameras should be outfitted with a vandal-proof enclosure. These enclosures help to minimize physical damage to the camera lens. It’s especially important to have a vandal-proof enclosure if one or more cameras are placed within close reach to a person. For outside placement, a weather-resistant enclosure is needed to prevent water damage and other harsh weather elements from entering into the lens. Outdoor cameras should be installed at the front and backdoor entrance to deter intruders from breaking into the facility.

NVR or Video Management Software: The centerpiece of the video surveillance system, network video recorders (sometimes referred to as “digital video recorders”) enable the dispensary manager to view, record, and manage all cameras from a monitoring station or a remote device such as a smartphone or tablet. Video Management Software is typically built into the NVR and lets the user control key features such as motion detection, wide dynamic range settings, or zoom level, to name a few.

The dispensary manager should always consult with an experienced, well-established security camera integrator prior to the design and installation of a video surveillance system. — A Trusted Security Camera Integrator and its team of IP video experts has years of experience and the skill set to design comprehensive security camera solutions for medical marijuana dispensaries. We offer a comprehensive selection of services, including system integration, configuration services, installation support, end-user training, system design and layout, and camera placement proposals.

From design to installation, will be there along the way to ensure the system is up and running at peak performance. The company carefully evaluates medical marijuana dispensary regulations to make certain all state requirements are met. As certified experts in their field, the team at is highly skilled in developing solid dispensary surveillance plans, for small and large operations alike.

To get started, call or email a certified IP video expert today and learn about indoor and outdoor security camera systems.

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