Medical Cannabis

Marijuana viewed through a magnifying glass

The Medical Cannabis industry is rapidly expanding across the nation.  Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws legalizing marijuana in some form or another.  Alaska allows adults 21 and over to transport, buy or possess up to an ounce of marijuana and six plants.   Oregon approved a similar measure allowing adults to possess up to an ounce in public and 8 ounces in their homes.  Colorado and Washington passed similar measures legalizing marijuana for recreational use in 2012.  Under the marijuana legalization law that took effect February 26, 2015, District of Columbia residents over the age of 21 are allowed to possess up to two ounces of marijuana on their person, as well as use and grow marijuana in their private residence.

Every state’s application process for cultivation and dispensary permitting includes requirements for Security Plans.  The cannabis industry faces unique challenges in both physical and operational security.  SWA’s team can develop plans to mitigate against and reduce exposure to security breaches.  Our policies, procedures and systems are designed not only to provide physical protection, but to include training to observe, monitor, detect and report any actions and situations that threaten the operation.

Our security plans are written utilizing security benchmarks and standards applied and adapted to all applicable acts, laws and ordinances. Our plans meet and exceed all requirements put forth as related to physical security, loss prevention, safety, and emergency management ensuring safe and secure operations for your medical cannabis dispensary or cultivation center.

In the Illinois application process, SWA provided content for both cultivation center and dispensary applicants for the Security Plan portion of the application.  SWA’s relationship with our sister company Midwest Integrated Solutions allows us to design all of the security technology systems and provide technical drawings and plans.  We produced a highly detailed video surveillance system design report complete with 3D renderings from all cameras leaving nothing to the imagination as to the CCTV coverage afforded.  The security technology systems designs also included an alarm system and engineered access control system complete with CAD drawings and overlays on floor plans.

To date, all SWA clients who have applied for permits have won them.  While we know that we are not entirely responsible for their success, we’ve also been told repeatedly that our comprehensive approach to site safety and security has been a key component in their receiving the permits.

As a proven winning content provider, SWA should be your first choice.  We are working with applicants and facilities in IL, CA, AZ, NV, MD, MA, MN, NY and PA.  Contact us now to add us to your team as a proven security partner for your endeavor.