Rebel Security LLC’s Guide to Dispensary Security Requirements

Establishing a secure environment is not just about compliance; it’s about safeguarding your property, inventory, cash, and most importantly, the people who are the heart of your business. From the moment you begin planning your dispensary, security should be at the forefront of your considerations. In states with stringent regulations, including New York, the absence of adequate security measures can prevent you from even opening your doors. Beyond regulatory compliance, effective security practices are essential for protecting your assets and ensuring the safety of your staff and customers.

Timing is Everything: When to Focus on Security

The best time to think about security is right from the start. Most states mandate the submission of a comprehensive security plan as part of your licensing application, requiring you to have all security measures in place well before you welcome your first customer. This proactive approach ensures you meet all regulatory requirements and paves the way for a smooth opening.

Navigating New York’s Security Requirements

New York sets a high bar for dispensary security, with specific mandates for adult-use and medical dispensaries. These include advanced surveillance systems, perimeter alarms, access control, and secure storage protocols to prevent unauthorized access or theft. Each dispensary must also be prepared to retain surveillance footage for a minimum period, ensure system functionality during power outages, and meet strict access and lighting criteria.

Creating Your Dispensary Security Plan

Developing a detailed security plan is a critical step toward compliance and operational peace of mind. This plan should outline how you’ll meet state and local security requirements and protect your products from diversion. Collaborating with a security consulting firm, alongside your architect and general contractor, can streamline this process, ensuring your security infrastructure is both comprehensive and compliant.