More than 7,500 marijuana dispensaries operate in 45 states in the US. The legal cannabis market was worth $27 billion in 2021, around $32 billion in 2022, and is projected to be worth an eye-popping $43 billion by 2025 (source). The massive amounts of money flowing into these businesses make them vulnerable to armed robbery, which is why bullet-resistant products for marijuana dispensaries are needed now more than ever.
A Perfect Storm: Why Marijuana Dispensaries are Vulnerable
In the digital age of the twenty-first century, most businesses accept card payments from customers and don’t have a lot of cash on hand. This is not true for many marijuana dispensaries. Why? The reason is that despite being legal in many states, at the federal level marijuana is still considered illegal, which makes the banking and financial services industry very nervous about working with dispensaries. As a result, many dispensaries have far more cash transactions than most businesses, and criminals know it.
Besides the money, the product itself is also a desirable target of robbers, so it can be sold on the black market. In some markets, armed robberies of marijuana dispensaries had more than doubled just in the first quarter of 2022 (source). Hiring armed security is one potential solution but comes at a steep cost to these businesses. A more affordable approach is found in bullet-resistant products for marijuana dispensaries, and Creative Industries is ready to help.
Three Bullet Resistant Products in One Customizable Solution
Creative Industries offers effective, budget-friendly bullet-resistant products for a wide range of industries, and marijuana dispensaries is one of our fastest-growing customer segments because of the alarming rise in these legal businesses being robbed at gunpoint. A trifecta of bulletproof protection can be achieved by combining three of our products into one unit to safeguard your cash, products, and staff. The three products are described below:
1728-WW Bullet Resistant Transaction Drawer: This transaction drawer can be used for both interior and exterior walk-up service at marijuana dispensaries. In exterior applications, the extra-deep stainless-steel hood is especially suited to fitting thicker walls while the Lexan (transparent bullet-resistant polycarbonate plastic) lid prevents direct entry from outside air while allowing a clear view of the drawer’s interior from both sides of the window. Drawer movement is controlled by a large aluminum handle on the rear, and an effortless operation is allowed by smooth-running ball-bearing extension slides. The front of the drawer is stainless steel. The drawer’s interior includes a bill clip as well as a brush-type coin pad. Locking the drawer is achieved by the drop bolt that goes through the bottom of the drawer into its housing.
VWS Bullet Resistant Vision Window: These Vision Windows are available in single, double, or triple lites (panes). Corner and/or bay windows are available upon request. The window frame is constructed of extruded aluminum fastened together with screws and is available with either a clear or dark bronze anodized finish. Vision windows are shipped without glazing material permanently installed. Glazing material must be sealed into the framing after the frame is anchored in place. The sealant would then be furnished by the installer. Communication through the window is achieved by adding a speak-thru device.
No. 5-D Talk Thru: Measuring five inches in diameter, the No. 5-D Talk Thru provides natural-sounding voice transmission, utilizing vertical louvers. The slots are offset from front to back for maximum protection. Made of stainless steel, it provides Level I bullet-resistant protection with glass thickness ranging from .25” to 1.25” and is available for both interior and exterior applications.
Creative Industries: A Partner in Security You Can Trust
When it comes to the safety and security of your business, you don’t want to trust just anyone with something that important. The good news is that Creative Industries has been providing bullet-resistant products and solutions across a wide range of industries since 1970. This longevity comes from one source, which is customer trust. Our clients know we’re experts at bulletproofing all sorts of businesses, and all our products can be customized to fit your unique requirements and desires. They also trust us to always find the most affordable solutions to meet their security needs.
Check out our portfolio of sample projects, read additional recent articles on our blog, and peruse a list of some of the many companies we’ve worked with over the years. If the time has come to incorporate bullet-resistant products at your marijuana dispensary, Creative Industries will help make it happen. Get in touch with us through the Contact Us page of our website or by calling us directly at 800-776-2068. You’ll be glad you did!