As more states legalize the medical and recreational use of cannabis, the need for specialized security services tailored to the unique cannabis industry is on the rise.

With one of the first cannabis security forces in California and Nevada, SOS Security helped create security standards and developed best practices that have been embraced throughout the United States as the cannabis industry expands. We secure the cannabis industry from farm to retail:

  • Perimeter, access control, safety for growers/cultivators
  • Transportation, storage, safety perimeter for distribution and warehousing
  • Access, safety, storage, deliveries, and cash loss prevention for retail and dispensaries

We understand the importance of effective access control as part of a first line of defense. What makes us unique is our specialized approach, from consultation to training in access control that’s in accordance with state cannabis control organizations and local county and city cannabis regulations.

Our consulting approach begins with risk, threat and vulnerability assessments. We bring multidiscipline security experience to each project and examine local laws and regulations, facilities, operations, geography to provide a comprehensive evaluation of risks and recommend affordable measures, procedures and programs to mitigate them.

We also provide compliance and quality auditing services bridge the gap between current state, regulatory requirements and a hig-performing security management system. Integrity shopping supports investigations by recreating situations suspected of inappropriate activity.

Deploying the best people begins with employing the best people. All SOS Security recruits complete in-depth prescreening that includes background and reference checks, behavioral analysis, physical fitness assessment and drug screening, among other things. As needed, we provide integrity testing of potential candidates to assess performance aptitude, reliability, and ethical awareness.

Our cannabis security personnel are often former law enforcement, military or department of corrections personnel with hands-on security experience.

We train officers to understand the cannabis culture and cannabis operations and protocols. We also provide extensive training based on tactical and operational needs, and in accordance with applicable state and regulatory security requirements of the cannabis enterprise. Once onboard, all officers participate in our professional development program, which includes modules for:

  • Security as a customer service and emergency first aid
  • Client- or site-specific skills ranging from tactical skills—PepperBall, Baton, handcuffing—to specialty patrol techniques, fire and life-safety procedures, retail loss prevention/supply chain and more



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