Long-awaited retail sales of recreational cannabis finally began in New York State last month, nearly two years after the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) was signed into law. The state has embraced the new industry, which is slated to create jobs and increase tax revenues—but for dispensary licensees and license applicants, there are still many hurdles to overcome, including strict security requirements.
A facility fire is one of the most devastating events a business can experience. Even after the flames have been put out, the long-term impacts of a workplace fire are often disastrous. With your property, equipment, and files destroyed, the entire company you’ve built is now at risk—in fact, many businesses that experience a fire will never re-open.
With so many demands on your time, it’s tempting to put workplace fire safety planning on the back burner—after all, a fire might not seem very likely in your office building. Yet in only a matter of minutes, a fire can cause unimaginable destruction, putting the lives of your staff and customers at risk while threatening the business you’ve worked so hard for. Across the United States each year, there are thousands of office fires, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage. Don’t let your business become one of these statistics—check out our fire safety in the workplace tips.
Expansive, open, and teeming with foot traffic at all hours of the day and night, hospital environments present unique security challenges. These facilities must be accessible to patients, visitors, and staff at many different levels, but this very accessibility also leaves them vulnerable to security threats. The right security system for healthcare environments can integrate a variety of facets to mitigate the risks hospitals face.
Across the United States, hospitals and other healthcare facilities are looking for ways to leverage technology to protect their staff, reduce their liability, and better serve their patients. Video surveillance is a critical component of your security plan that can contribute to these goals—but ensuring you remain compliant with HIPAA is crucial.
The ATM Safety Act of New York was designed to protect bank customers at a vulnerable time—when handling cash, typically alone, and focused on the task in front of them. Although crime rates at ATMs have been steadily declining and today are rare, New York’s law contains “best practices” to keep your customers and your organization secure. Is your bank in compliance with them?
After Maine residents voted to move forward with the legalization of recreational cannabis in 2016, the adult-use marijuana industry has continued to grow. Monthly sales from the state’s 50+ stores now top $10 million, and nearly 200 more license applications are still awaiting final approval.
In the five years since Massachusetts residents voted to legalize recreational cannabis in the state, marijuana sales have surpassed the $2 billion mark—generating millions in tax revenue, creating new jobs, and attracting young entrepreneurs. Now that the benefits are apparent, new vendors and cultivators are jostling for dispensary licenses and real estate.
Last year, Connecticut legalized recreational marijuana use, and earlier this month began accepting applications for opening adult-use cannabis dispensaries. Retail shops are already widespread in other New England states including Massachusetts and Maine, and prove to be a lucrative venture with strong potential for growth. However, CT applicants must be prepared to answer for all aspects of their business—including how they will meet stringent security requirements.
If your business relies on traditional keys to lock your facility (or anything within it, such as records or machinery), you might think that your security rests on the strength of your locks. However, the truth is that your business is only as secure as your keys are kept.