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Maine to Begin Licensing Process for Recreational Marijuana Facilities

Friday, December 6, 2019


The Office of Marijuana Policy for the state of Maine has uploaded all applicable documents for adult use marijuana facilities. All application materials and instructions are now available at:


The Office of Marijuana Policy has begun to publish forms online for marijuana facilities catering to recreational customers. The Marijuana Legalization Act was passed in 2016 by voters, and constituents could be able to purchase marijuana without a doctor’s approval as early as Spring of 2020.   Title 28-B, the Marijuana Legalization Act, outlines the provisions for the Adult-Use program in Maine, as well as the licensing protocols and procedure.


One such provision gives municipalities the authorization to approve or deny operation of marijuana facilities within its borders. These municipalities also have the power to demand additional licensing fees that may exceed those required by the state. Some municipalities go so far as to require approval before submitting an application to the state licensing body. It is of the utmost importance to check local rules upon beginning the planning/application stages of starting a marijuana facility.


Security requirements vary from state to state. Some states’ rules are very clear and concise in referencing the safe storage or cannabis products, and others are not; Maine is not. Within medicinal facilities, the state rules require physical safety parameters that ‘deter theft and ensure safety’, Code ME R. 18-691-2.


Initial estimates by industry experts predict the recreational market in Maine could top $150 million in its first year of operation (1).


Cannabis dispensaries seeking to simplify compliance reference the Total Harvest Coverage plan for security planning & architectural programming including

  • Ingress/Egress
  • Entrances/Exits
  • Limited Access Areas
  • Storage Vaults & Vault Rooms

Whether you are seeking to maintain regulatory requirements and trace-ability / reporting at the minimum or maximum level, consulting with an experience integrator who has experience with applications, licenses, design, plans and build outs is key to business success.


To learn more about the standards for cannabis facility design as well as the protocols to deter theft and ensure safety, consult with Total Harvest Coverage consultants.

Marijuana Legalization Act


Information has been gathered from sources deemed reliable but not guaranteed, and is subject to change without notice.

Adult Use Marijuana Sales Begin in Michigan

Cannabis is legal in Michigan and up and running with retail dispensaries as of December 1, 2019

The recreational market began legally in Ann Arbor, Michigan on December 1, 2019. As of right now, this is the only city with any licensed recreational stores in the state.

At 10:00am, licensees were able to transfer product from medical inventory to recreational inventory for sale. The transferable product must be within a licensee’s inventory for a minimum of 30 days and may not exceed 50% of total product type available. The thinking is that this will help move product that medicinal patients have elected not to purchase, and the amount limitation will preserve product for medicinal patients over recreational consumers (1). This consideration is important, but foresight was definitely lacking within the licensing process. Especially since industry members have been expressing concerns over product shortages for months (2).


Marijuana regulatory agencies (nationwide) have failed to tap experts’ knowledge and assistance when formulating guidelines or planning processes. Anyone with a basic knowledge of economics could explain that product is required to supply demand. Within Michigan’s licensing process, they failed to license growers prior to retailers. It takes roughly four months for marijuana to be ready from seed to sale. Licensees were processed and approved on a first-come first-served basis for all types (2).


Any burgeoning industry will experience growing pains as they initiate implementation, but the recreational market in Michigan is not expected to be functioning at full capacity for at least another calendar year. This shortage of product in Michigan has driven the price of marijuana to roughly $4,000 per pound, four times the price as Colorado (2).


This is an historic occasion for the normalization and legalization of marijuana. Michigan is the first in the Midwest to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and will be a litmus test for neighboring states such as Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and others as to how they frame their regulations in the future.

For retail dispensaries and cannabis facilities seeking security planning or architectural plans and programming, please visit Total Harvest Coverage

(1) Adult-Use Marijuana Transfer Window Opens Sunday in Michigan,4601,7-154-89334_79571_79784-513379–,00.html
(2) Beggin, Riley. “Why easy access to recreational marijuana is taking so long in Michigan.” Bridge Magazine. November 25, 2019.

Oklahoma Marijuana Licenses & Cannabis Business Operations

Legal Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma takes due diligence and planning for success

The state of Oklahoma became the 30th state to legalize medical marijuana in August of 2018, they offer a series of licenses for cannabis businesses to support the growing, processing and retail sale of marijuana. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority is the governing body in OK and the definitive source for rules, compliance regulations, laws and protocols for diversion and reporting .

Licensees fall into three (3) very clear and concise categories for medical marijuana as follows:

Commercial Grow & Growers Operation License – commercial growers that are licensed in Oklahoma have the ability to legally seller cannabis to licensed retailer dispensaries and licensed packagers (think processors of cannabis). From a business operations standpoint, this is a wholesale exchange and does not include taxation per Oklahoma state laws.  It’s important to note that licensed commercial growers may not sell cannabis directly to a medical marijuana license holder. Those businesses that are licensed commercial grow operations (indoor cultivation) are only allowed to legally sell marijuana at the wholesale level to a licensed retail dispensary and licensed marijuana processor facilities. The design of these transactions is vital to compliance and regulation of security requirements, reporting, tracking and inventory management rules.

Medical Marijuana Processing License – a cannabis processor in Oklahoma that is licensed has the ability to take cannabis marijuana plants from the commercial grower and process said plants as concentrates, shatter, dabs, edibles, tinctures, terpenes, and other forms for consumption. Any licensed processor in Oklahoma may sell marijuana products it creates to the licensed retail dispensary and/or other licensed processors. Licensed processors may also process cannabis plants, into a concentrated form, for a medical license holder, for a fee.

Consider Total Harvest Coverage methodology for compliance & business operations to drive revenue.

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Dispensary – those that apply for an have received a medical marijuana retailer license can conduct retail sale of marijuana, or cannabis derived products (oils, tinctures, salves, terpines, etc) provided by licensed processors. It is important to note that cannabis products can only be sold to license holders.

Business Plans & Security Planning 

In order for any business to be successful, it requires thorough planning and business strategy to be in place from the onset. Cannabis compliance and standard operating procedures are the foundation for maintaining cannabis facility design standards in Oklahoma and the keys to long term success. Below are key components that you may need a consultant to complete and advise upon:

  • Thorough and Comprehensive Business Plans
  • Legal & Documented License Applications
  • Security Plans & Compliance
  • Business Operations & Protocols for Compliance
  • Operational Procedures
  • Diversion Reporting
  • Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery

Integrated security planning and programming go hand-in-hand with the architectural plans and floor plan layouts to ensure total harvest coverage from seed-to-sale. Security cameras and video surveillance, along with alarm systems and monitoring are a vital part of success in the cannabis sector. For more information on marijuana facility planning and security standards for design, call 866.867.0306

Security Planning for Arkansas Cannabis Facilities

Security planning for total harvest coverage is the best way to meet the standards for cannabis facility designs, compliance and driving profits for marijuana businesses.

Leaders in the marijuana industry in the state of Arkansas are taking steps to properly plan and prepare their facilities based on Federal DEA guidelines for security products, solutions and systems. When planning for cannabis facility designs, it is imperative that all security products meet the regulatory guidelines to  in secured areas of the facility.

Safes and Steel Cabinets – must meet the Federal DEA approved safes standards for storage of marijuana in the state of Arkansas: 


ArmorStor Vaults & Secured Rooms

ArmorStor vaults are designed to created secured rooms for any cannabis grower, processor or retail dispensary. Total harvest coverage would include security camera systems, SSPOS and security products to pass inspections and stay compliant.

Harvested marijuana and any cannabis product that has been processed must be stored in a secured area. Total harvest coverage with security cameras and video surveillance as required on all secure storage areas.


ArmorStor Modular Vaults meet this requirement.


Growers, marijuana processors and retail dispensaries in Arkansas should consider total harvest coverage of their facilities which is a leading platform for seed to sale compliance.

Doors and Door Frame

Security ratings must meet compliance for the following ratings based on the Federal DEA guildlines


    Compliant doors and day gates for State of Arkansas security plan requirements from ArmorStor

Alarm Systems & Monitoring

The following components for cannabis facilities in Arkansas are to be completed by the alarm and monitoring company.


For any business working with an architect or construction management firm, the specification of doors, vaults and security cameras and systems during schematic plans and programming will help reduce costs and headaches. Let the team at KL Security consult with you.

Marijuana Licensing in Missouri: An Abundance of Applicants

Protocols for Security Planning & Architectural Programming

The state of Missouri is in the process of establishing a system to regulate the sale of marijuana for medicinal use. And, it would appear Missourians are eager to cash in.

The state is offering an initial 348 licenses for marijuana businesses. These licenses include: cultivation, dispensaries, manufacturing, testing labs, and transporters. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received over 2,000 applications. [1]

The lucky winners will be announced December 31, 2019. It is estimated that cannabis facilities will open mid 2020 in Missouri.



All cultivation, dispensing, and manufacturing facilities are required to utilize security cameras as per 2019 MO Regulation Text 25597

Proper planning to ensure compliance with state regulations is vital to ensure protocols for diversion and reporting are met.

3 Key Components to Designing Intelligent Video Surveillance Systems

Assessment, Planning & Design – Work with experts to evaluate compliance with state laws and meeting business goals. This will help to identify gaps or challenges and put a plan in place for strategic initiatives that will improve cannabis business success.

Architectural Planning & Programming – Working closing with a surveillance system expert and your architect is vital to ensuring that both the compliance requirements are met as well as the schematic designs are planned, implemented and deployed correctly. Seasoned consultants and camera experts will be able to integrate intelligent video analytics (IVA) Intelligent IP video cameras and searchlight software into existing buildings and new construction environments.

Operate & Optimize – the Total Harvest Coverage methodology is implemented by leading cannabis businesses to ensure seed-to-sale compliance, reporting and to improve operations. Using a scalable platform, cannabis businesses can start with security cameras, data storage and smart-safe point of sale (SSPOS) systems to create a 360 degree view of the operation to meet compliance requirements.

According to the 2019 MO Regulation Text 25597 -, the following security equipment requirements must be met for safes, vaults and surveillance systems

(H)  All cultivation, infused products manufacturing, and dispensary facilities shall ensure the security of medical marijuana and facility employees by taking at least the following measures:

  1. Facilities shall install and maintain security equipment designed to prevent unauthorized entrance into limited access areas and to prevent diversion and inversion of medical marijuana including:
  2. Devices or a series of devices to detect unauthorized intrusion, which may include a signal system interconnected with a radio frequency method, such as cellular or private radio signals, or other mechanical or electronic devices;
  3. Except in the case of outdoor cultivation, exterior lighting to facilitate surveillance, which shall cover the exterior and perimeter of the facility;
  4. Electronic video monitoring, including

(I)  At least one (1) call-up monitor that is nineteen inches (19″) or more;

(II)  A printer capable of immediately producing a clear still photo from any video camera image;

(III)  Video cameras with a recording resolution of at least 1920 x 1080, or the equivalent, at a rate of at least fifteen (15) frames per second, that operate in such a way as to allow identification of people and activities in the monitored space, in all lighting levels, that are capable of being accessed remotely by the department or a law enforcement agency in real-time upon request, and that provide coverage of

(a)  All entrances and exits of the facility, including windows, and all entrances and exits from limited access areas;

(b)  The perimeter and exterior areas of the facility, including at least twenty feet (20′) of space around the perimeter of an outdoor grow area;

(c)  Each point-of-sale location;

(d)  All vaults or safes; and

(e)  All medical marijuana, from at least two (2) angles, where it is cultivated, cured, trimmed, processed, rendered unusable, and disposed;

(IV)  A method for storing recordings from the video cameras for at sixty (60) days in a secure on-site or off-site location or through a service or network that provides on-demand access to the recordings and that allows for providing copies of the recordings to the department upon request and at the expense of the facility;

(V)  A failure notification system that provides an audible and visual notification of any failure in the electronic monitoring system; and

(VI)  Sufficient battery backup for video cameras and recording equipment to support at least sixty (60) minutes of recording in the event of a power outage;


When you’re ready to begin the process of security planning for your cannabis business operation, the consultants at KL Security are available to assist with plans, security equipment, ArmorStor vaults, THC360 and more. Well versed in government regulations and recent legal mandates, we are prepared to help your business plan and pass requirements for Cannabis facility design and security programming.


*information not available as to how many transporter licenses will be awarded

[1] Schiller, Melissa. (2019, September 5). Cannabis Business Times. Missouri Receives More Than 2,000 Medical Cannabis Business License Applications. Retrieved from:

Information has been gathered from sources deemed reliable but not guaranteed, subject to change without notice.

Missouri Security Measures for Medicinal Marijuana Facilities

Planning for Medical Marijuana & Potential Recreational Cannabis Requirements

Security is a facet of consideration of any new business, especially those within the cannabis industry. Marijuana is currently purchased almost exclusively with cash, and has a high resale market value through illegal means. For these reasons, significant safeguards must be established to protect product and profit.

Key Considerations for Missouri Cannabis Facilities & Retail Dispensaries

  • Develop Protocols to Deter Diversion & Crime
  • Maintain Compliance with reporting sales, diversion & evidence for law enforcement
  • CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design)
  • Exterior Security Protocols
  • Interior Security Protocols
  • Plans for Security Cameras, Intelligent Video Surveillance
  • Prevention of Theft of Product & Cash
  • And many more.

This would lead an entrepreneur to infer that state regulations regarding security provisions for marijuana facilities would be explicit and detailed, but the contrary is true for Missouri. The legislation is vague in regards to physical security, and there is no detailed protocol for construction or building security requirements. It could be inferred that this is due to the illegal status of the product at the federal level. If (when) cannabis is legalized at a national level, states would need to revise legislation, guidelines, forms, administrative materials, protocols for diversion, etc. to meet these federal demands upon implementation. If a state does not address these provisions specifically, the legislation will be easier to amend when the time comes.

Facilities shall install and maintain security equipment designed to prevent unauthorized entrance into limited access areas and to prevent diversion and inversion of medical marijuana: 2019 MO Regulation Text 25597

Within the facility application, a business must describe verbally what measures to be implemented. At the schematic planning and architectural programming phases, this plan is vital to long term business success. Attachments/visuals are not accepted. The assistance of a security expert is incredibly beneficial within the preparation of this portion of the application. The cannabis facility security plan developed within the application MUST be adhered to after the issuance of a license (unless otherwise authorized by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services). Veering from the original plan would cause numerous delays and potentially incur fines and or financial consequences.

Luckily, there are industry experts that have experience with securing product on par with federal regulations. If stringent guidelines are imposed at the point of planning, the likelihood of changes needed afterwards is much lower. By using federal guidelines in place for the storage and handling of highly regulated products, a business owner can rest assured that they will meet or exceed federal guidelines when they are established.

4 Factors to Success for Marijuana Business in Missouri

  1. Proper Planning – Business Strategy & Security Plans / Safety Plans
  2. Maintain Compliance with State Laws & Regulations
  3. Optimize Business Operations for growing revenue
  4. Continual Improvement

Consulting and Planning for Missouri Cannabis Facilities

At KL Security we utilize the Total Harvest Coverage™ methodology for security plans as well as cannabis business operation improvements. With successful projects in facilities in multiple states we help leaders in the cannabis industry drive revenue and stay compliant with state laws.

  •             Developing Protocols for Business Operations
  •             Integration of Video Surveillance, SSPOS and Cannabis Software
  •             Cash Management Process
  •             Monitoring and tracking of plants, products and closing the loop at point of sale
  •             Schematic Design & Development from Architectural Planning through Construction

We work with leading architects, interior designers and construction management firms to ensure projects are completed from start to finish. With an established track record of completed facility designs, we set the standard for growing, cultivation and retail dispensary for medical and recreational marijuana plans, layouts and project management.


Information has been gathered from sources deemed reliable but not guaranteed and is subject to change without notice. Legislation referenced within this article: 19 CSR 30-95.040


How Leading Cannabis companies leverage RFID & Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA)

To understand the full benefits of RFID and IVA (intelligent video analytics) one must consider the five (5) key drivers of cannabis facilities and retail dispensaries

  1. Compliance
  2. Improving Operations (labor, processes, etc.)
  3. Reducing Out of Stock Product
  4. Improving Conversation Rates
  5. Increasing Sales

What the research shows

Inventory Accuracy without RFID is around 60%* –  translating to missed sales opportunities and putting customer loyalty at risk.

RFID can increase inventory accuracy by up to 99.5%

One of the first steps that leading brands of marijuana growers, cultivation

Get unprecedented visibility of cannabis plants, and retail products while maintaining compliance with state laws for video surveillance.

facilities and retail dispensaries take is the pilot program. This will help you discover new insights into your business operations and unlock new opportunities for growth and sales. Starting with an existing grow house or retail location is a great way to determine the way forward. In the examples below we demonstrate the process that has been dubbed “Total Harvest Coverage™” by thought leaders in the cannabis sector.

Pilot Programs to Measure benefits & ROI of RFID & Intelligent Video Analytics

At the Cultivation Facility

Starting with business goals, we create a list of metrics that will result in accurate benefits to the growing operation. How long is the drying time at location A vs. location B?  How long do plants sit before processing? Reduce inventory carrying costs by X.

  • Tracking automation and a visual record of each plant’s location results in a 360 degree compliant operation
  • How a plant may have been removed or misplaced and who was involved
  • Discover where more staff training is required or where processes could be improved or sped up (saving labor)
  • Seamlessly share video and RFID data evidence with law enforcement as needed or required – quickly and efficiently.

At the Retail Dispensary

Managing multiple product types (flower, edibles, oils, concentrates, shatter and consumables) is a challenge for specialty retail stores. How does RFID track inventory to meet the demand in-store pickup & online orders? How do we create a seamless shopping experience that increases customer loyalty?  What can we learn from RFID / IVA / SSPOS that could integrate into Weedmaps or Leafly promotions?

Keeping business goals and compliance with state laws for security cameras and video retention (40 days, 55 days, etc.) in mind, a 360 degree view of the cannabis business will fully emerge – and items moving from vault rooms to retail display cases, back to storage rooms and ultimately at the point of sale (SSPOS) can help you unlock new insights for sales, marketing as well as loss prevention and inventory management – all in one platform.

Identify Hiccups or Pain Points by:

  • Retail Dispensary Location
  • Department
  • Item / Products

Which products is the store consistently low on inventory?

Do you have merchandising standards / branding guidelines to adhere to?

Optimize the “Order Online & In-Store Pickup” Process

What’s the dwell time from the secure vault. storage cage or ArmorStor room to the retail display case?

Accurate stock availability – if the website says the product is in stock and customers find it’s not available… your store could suffer a negative online review. In today’s day and age, reputation and customer loyalty is everything. With RFID / IVA/ SSPOS you get real-time cannabis product level visibility.


Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) and SSPOS help with:

  • Video integrated with POS data can help dispensary operators cut losses by setting up alerts triggered by suspect transactions, such as voids, refunds or returns
  • Run searches across multiple dispensary locations simultaneously
  • Using video and analytics like people counting, queue length or dwell time, dispensaries can see how long customers waited in line, of they spent more time in front of a certain promotional display, or if they left the dispensary without making a purchase – and use this data to drive promotions via POS integrations with Weedmaps, Leafly, baker, and more.

The Key Stakeholders | Get them on board

The concept of Total Harvest Coverage™ spans the grow operation (supply chain) processing, IT, Security teams, C-Suite executives as well as loss prevention and the protocols for compliance with state laws & law enforcement.

4 Vital Messages for Stakeholders

  1. Clear Value of inventory accuracy
  2. Inventory tracking is vital to state law compliance
  3. Diversion of cannabis product must be reported promptly
  4. Quickly getting inventory to customers is key to growth & success


The RFID and IVA components of the business operation are building blocks to a complete platform that is transforming leading cannabis brands today. The complete integration of RFID, Intelligent IP Video Surveillance, Smart Safe Point of Sale (SSPOS) and 3D Sensors is the next wave of smart retail in the specialty cannabis sector. Costs of deployments from the onset of security planning, architectural programming vs. retrofit later should be taken into consideration.

For existing operations, a modular and scalable approach can help you improve business operations incrementally without major capital investments. For new business operations, seasoned and experienced security integrators will understand the end to end benefits of more than compliance, but of loss prevention and helping you drive profits to further distinguish your brand.



Information gather from the following sources, deemed reliable but not guaranteed:

*Auburn University RFID Lab, Key Considerations for RFID Pilots and Deployments

Top Brands & Manufacturers of Smart Cash Safes

Compare and review the Best features, Pros and Cons of the top rated cash safes for retail cash counting and cash management of deposits.

Retailers that are preventing loss and driving up profit margins choose to buy a smart safe that will simplify and optimize the details of cash transactions. The true cost of managing cash payments can be steep and is often unknown – but when broken down into segments, the cost of accepting cash typically proves to be worth an investment into SmartSafes.

When a business begins to analyze the time and labor that a store manager uses to count and reconcile cash drawers, as well as the time it takes away from actually being a “Manager” to monitor and reconcile cash accounting errors, the costs can be enormous – especially if a retail business has more than one location. Add to this the time it takes to make daily deposits and your manager ends up running errands more than managing the store & employees.

Compare Cash safes and get prices on a top rated brand names

It’s been said that a $10 reconciliation error can cost as much as $100 in wages to find, reconcile and update – over time, retail cash management pays for itself and improves business operations, cash flow and ultimately profit margins.


Below is a comprehensive list of the best brand names and features.

Learn more about each brand name, FAQs

American Security Products Co. aka AMESEC

AMSEC CashWizard Smart Safes are top rated cash management Solutions for retail business. The CashWizard Smart Safe empowers your business and employees to streamline cash management.

Centralized management connecting safes via cloud-based platform accessible from any Internet capable device provides easy to use customer managed, remote administration of users and reports. Users can also set defined email alerts for exception-based management. Fully Push-based API for cash transactions integrating with POS systems and reconciliation software

Armor Safe Technologies

Armor Safe Technologies specializes in the development, deployment, and servicing of the industry’s most innovative cash-management systems. Armor Safes validate, count and secure cash in cassettes ready for delivery to your bank, establishing an effective closed-loop solution.

Effective closed-loop solution for many of your toughest challenges such as  loss prevention, employee accountability and financial transparency.


Bill Validating Safes from the FireKing Security Group is a top rated choice for cash accepting environments like specialty retail, convenience stores, and quick-serve restaurants are bill-validating safes.


Gunnebo Cash Management safes and Software improve efficiency and cash flow. Smart cash management solutions improve cash process efficiency and reduce the cost of cash. Gunnebo also offers UL 291 Rated Safes for the highest cash vault security.

Calculate Which Gunnebo Smart Cash Safe is Best for your business and Get Pricing in 3 steps

  1. Cash Only or Cash & Coin
  2. Enter Daily Deposit in Dollars
  3. Select Number of Days 5,6,7

Try the Calculator here >


TIDEL Quality Cash Solutions

Tidel smart safes provide advanced technological features that enable the automation of cash management functions within a busy retail environment. From automated bill counting and deposit functions along with reporting capability, Tidel smart cash safes enable retailers to gain tremendous efficiencies and optimization of cash management processes and in-store labor.  Tidel smart safes connect to the widest range of cash management peripherals in the industry, allowing them to be deployed across a wide spectrum of industries.

Triton VersaSafe

Versasafe By Triton (makers of ATMs) offer a color display, a simple interface and speech feedback. VersaSafe makes it easy for you to customize its functions to fit your business and can track and timestamps every transaction, increasing both effectiveness and efficiency. A high-capacity electronic journal even stores thousands of individual transactions and user histories for easy reference.

Triton is a smart safe manufacturer offering cash management safes that are tested to the UL 291 Level 1 attack test.  This requirement covers the construction and security of the VersaSafe and provides for a degree of protection against unauthorized removal of currency within the VersaSafe.  Triton’s UL 291 Level 1 certified vault is constructed of ½ inch thick steel on all six sides and features a patented anti-theft door design, making it one of the highest security cash safes on the market.


Smart Safes protect your cash and coins from retail POS transactions and can enable the retail store to deposit credit at their bank from the point of sale. Large retailers can monitor and manage all cash deposits at all store locations from a single dashboard with customized Cash Management Software. Smart Safes improve cash management processes, reduce shrinkage, and can secure checks in a safe that is networked and accessible from central IS and IT work environments. IT teams can set permissions and allow corporate management to see daily, hourly and or weekly transactions.

Furthermore, fully integrated cash safes and point of sale software can be dovetailed with video cameras and software such as SearchLight from March Networks to determine which retail locations are performing best and gain new insights into walk in foot traffic to sales conversions. Known as Smart Safe Point-of-Sale or SSPOS, this new wave of smart retail is highly adopted by leading cannabis retailers and cultivation facilities.

Once a Smart Cash safe is installed at a retail store (either bolted to the floor or mounted under counter), users (employees and retail store managers) feed currency into the bill acceptor at the point of sale and the notes are verified (counterfeit bills are rejected) by denomination, counted and immediately deposited in the high security safe (AKA cash cassette). All transaction data from each day of deposits is electronically saved and can be transmitted across the secured network for enterprise-wide financial reporting and improved transparency to the CFO or finance department.

Once deposited,  the cash cassettes can be accessed by either key locks, bio-metric locks or digital combination keypad locks. Additional processes for two-person authentication or dual authentication are available such as a key locks with Personal Identification Numbers (PIN), enabling a dual control security protocols to be used in tangent with an armored car service such as Brinks, Dunbar, Loomis, Garda or Rochester or Axiom.

Retail cash management safes combined with armored car services help businesses with Cash, Coin and Check Processing and optimize security. Smart Cash safes can also be integrated with video cameras to identify false transactions at the point of sale and identified faster and more efficiently


All brand names are registered trademarks of their respective owners. Information has been gathered from sources deemed reliable but not guaranteed and is subject to change without notice.



Pesticides & Cannabis | PSA

The safe cultivation of marijuana for consumption is a murky pool to wade through. Marijuana is illegal at the federal level, and thus the EPA is unable to issue guidelines or regulations regarding pesticides and fertilizers that are safe to use.

It would be assumed that marijuana farmers would utilize pesticides deemed safe for food crops. This would be a logical association, but we are forgetting that these pesticides were deemed safe for ingestion, not inhalation.

“…nobody is smoking zinnias, so the safety hasn’t been established for those uses.” – Janna Beckerman, professor of botany and plant pathology at Purdue University [1]

If you were to google ‘pesticides and marijuana’, you would find a plethora of articles and websites. The information is endless, but it’s hard to verify and substantiate.

The disconnect of federal government and the legalization of marijuana is not only inconvenient, but dangerous.

Consumers living in states where marijuana is legal are purchasing and using the plant under the assurance and assumption that it’s safe. It’s legal so it must be regulated…right?

“…the federal government still considers cannabis an illegal drug, the EPA has not approved any pesticides for use on the plant, nor has the agency provided any indication of the level of residues on cannabis products—if any—that could be considered safe…” [2]

Many states have compiled their own lists of pesticides that are safe to use, but without the ‘green light’ from federal government the funding and extensive studies have yet to be performed. For example: Colorado has a list and even offers a sign-up function to be notified of modifications to the list:

The documentation of pesticide use is addressed through the states that have legalized marijuana for sale. Marijuana must be tracked from seed to sale, and stringent records must be kept. This will only assist the process of validating and approving pesticides when they finally do go legal nationwide.

ioSafe data storage products are the best brand manufacturer of virtual cloud data to physical endpoint files and complete systems that process, store and archive data and electronic records for Illinois Dispensary and retail marijuana shops.


When you’re ready to begin the process of securing your business (cannabis or otherwise), the consultants at KL Security are available to assist. Well versed in government regulations and recent legal mandates, we are prepared to ensure your business will pass requirements.

TOLL FREE 1-866-867-0306

DEA Rules, security requirements, and regulations per the Code of Federal Regulations 21CFR1301.72

Information has been gathered from sources deemed reliable but not guaranteed and is subject to change without notice.


Sources & Links


[1] Schiller, Melissa. (2019, January 9). Cannabis Business Times. Purdue Researchers Tackle Cannabis Industry’s Pesticide Problem. Retrieved from:


EPA Pesticide Worker Safety

National Pesticide Information Center


How High-End Dispensaries & Large-Scale Growers Drive Profits & Gain Competitive Advantages

Integrating Security Requirements, Video Surveillance & Data

As competition in the cannabis and marijuana markets increases, the keys to long term success for any cannabusiness point to operational efficiency, quality assurance, customer service, regulatory compliance and market penetration. With proper planning, the consultants and advisors at KL Security are setting the new standards for cannabis facility design and security by integrating security standards, data and video that results in greater business success. Leading cannabis facilities start with this end goal during security planning.

Track product at your cultivation facility – RFID combined with video can tell you the last time a plant or cannabis product was seen

Top 4 Challenges a Cannabusiness faces to meet state-mandated requirements for surveillance:

  • – Camera types and placements
  • – Resolution and frame rates
  • – Retention periods and off-site storage
  • – RFID tag verification


How Video & Data Help Cannabusinesses at any level:

 In Cultivation Facilities

  • Tracking automation and a visual record of each plant’s location
  • How a plant may have been removed or misplaced and who was involved
  • Reveal where more staff training is required (improve operations & success)
  • Seamlessly share video and RFID data evidence with law enforcement

    Reduce your security risk, keep drivers safe, and maintain regulatory compliance for your state or municipality
  • Combined with access control systems, modular vaults, restricted access areas and storage rooms or cages, automated reports with video snapshots can show operators when shifts aren’t starting as scheduled, or find out why one product is taking longer to dry in one cultivation facility compared to the rest

Cannabis In Transit & Secure Transportation Services

  • View marijuana inventory as it’s loaded at the cultivation facility, as it is being transported, and as it is being unloaded at the retail dispensary locations
  • Integrate video with vehicle data, such as a GPS location or speed, to see information on the transport route from start to finish. This can provide proof that a vehicle has not accidentally crossed into a U.S. state where cannabis sale is still illegal

 At the Retail Dispensary

  • Video integrated with POS data can help dispensary operators cut losses by setting up alerts triggered by suspect transactions, such as voids over a set amount
  • Run searches across multiple dispensary locations simultaneously
  • Using video and analytics like people counting, queue length or dwell time, operators can see how long customers waited in line, of they spent more time in front of a certain promotional display, or if they left the dispensary without making a purchase

    Gather valuable metrics on operations and customer service



Tracking and Security of Cannabis Plants and Products through the Supply Chain to Retail Dispensary


How Business Analytics become Competitive Advantages

With a full view of the retail dispensary, it’s easier for companies to discover  customer trends that can be turned into higher profits, repeat business and brand loyalty.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

  • See how many customers are in your store at any given time.
  • Determine conversion rates of walk-in traffic.
  • Identify the average number of people waiting in a line or queue, and average amount of time they waited.
  • Learn how long people dwell in a particular area of your dispensary such as display counters or in-store online order systems.
  • Establish KPIs, based on factors like:

— Which store turns more shoppers into buyers if you have multiple retail dispensaries

— The time or day that most people are waiting in line, and for how long (to measure customer service and implement staffing changes). Such as happy hours, Friday afternoon or evening, payday, start of the weekend and other key times of the week.

— The success of a particular end-cap or promotion that may be in effect through advertising campaigns or POS integrations with Weedmaps, Leafly, Wikileaf, Baker, springbig and others.

  • Export business analytics data to an Excel file to incorporate into your own charts and reports or CRM systems.

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