Currently, thirty-three states put programs in place for the approved use of medical marijuana. Although this number is subject to change daily, state programs put a strain on the overall distribution and business associated with medical marijuana.

When it comes to the law, these businesses often find themselves working within a gray area simply because marijuana remains a Schedule 1 controlled substance on a federal level.

This puts a strain on the marijuana industry as a whole, as it continues to face unique challenges, especially regarding dispensary security.

A substantial black market for marijuana exists due to its sheer legality, as it does with many other drugs and pharmaceuticals. Therefore, medical marijuana dispensaries run a much higher risk of being robbed or burglarized than most other businesses.

Medical marijuana facilities manage stock that has an elevated street level compared to what’s sold through dispensaries.

Due to the ambiguous legal status of marijuana, many other present factors have a significant impact on security concerns overall. For example, many major banks may refuse to accept money legally earned through the sale of marijuana.

Because of this irregularity, the majority of dispensaries are required to operate on a cash-only basis. Considering the amount of cash a dispensary would be necessary to have on hand, as well as the amount of marijuana, the threats dispensaries of this industry face become rather apparent.

And, yet, the difficulties don’t stop there. Major security providers take it a step further, like ADT, for example, also refuse to contract with any dispensaries.

Their policies specifically cite the illegal status of marijuana within federal law as the reason for denying security services. When you take all of these concerns into consideration, it’s easy to see how a medical marijuana dispensary’s operation is a distinctly high-risk business.

Dispensary Security Guard Services

BSS features a team of security specialists trained to cover all of the most critical risk exposure areas to medical marijuana dispensaries often face. Our customized services include:

Specialized Training

Each and every BSS guard must be subjected to initial rigorous training before they are dispatched to an assignment. Regarding medical marijuana dispensaries, comprehensive instruction is designed to meet the challenges of the industry.

Our security strategy accounts for risks directly related to facility location and operations, specifically. BSS training specialists also provide criminal justice and law enforcement backgrounds to certify personnel in nine critical phases of security services.

Complete Coverage

Businesses must have a constant, visible presence of security personnel, particularly in the medical marijuana field.

When used alone, this tool proves to be the most significant criminal deterrent – preventing it from the get-go. Building Security Services provides uniformed, present guards, available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Overall Flexibility

Building Security Services will work with you to create a comprehensive security plan tailored to medical marijuana dispensaries’ unique needs.

Whether you are facing elevated security risks surrounding supply deliveries, bank deposits, etc., our officers are prepared to cover any present exposures, as needed. However, in situations where risk is at a minimum, a security presence reduction makes financial sense.

Depending on your specific needs and demands, armed and unarmed guards may be utilized.

Reliable Experience

The consultants of BSS provide unique experiences that qualify them to directly manage the constant demands of security work.

Previous work in private security, military careers, and various law enforcement roles ensure our individuals are prepared with a wealth of training and knowledge. Building Security Services features a diverse team, highly trained to meet the challenges medical marijuana dispensaries face.


By practicing exception professionalism from the beginning, BSS prides itself in responsive customer care.

With well-trained, professional, and courteous dispatchers, clients may rest assured in the tremendous degree of integrity present in every member of our security personnel.

Why You Should Hire Medical Marijuana Dispensary Security Services

The overall security of your medical marijuana dispensary is in good hands when you rely on Building Security Services to cover your unique safety concerns.

Although it may be overwhelmingly challenging to obtain reliable security services given the industry’s obstacles, the officers at BSS are prepared to meet the demands.

The difference between Business Security Services and other security companies is the level of protection offered by certified law enforcement officers. As a fully licensed, insured private security agency, our records hold their own.

By providing comprehensive security services to a variety of high-profile clientele, BSS is well equipped to maintain your dispensary security at a high level of integrity.

Joseph Ferdinando is the visionary founder of Building Security Services, a leading security company renowned for its comprehensive security services. With an illustrious career spanning over 40 years in the security industry, Joseph has been instrumental in elevating the standards of security guard services for a broad spectrum of businesses and organizations. As an influential member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) in both New York and New Jersey chapters, Joseph has played a pivotal role in shaping industry standards and practices.