With the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state of Illinois, the local economy has ventured into a new, previously unavailable marketplace. Cannabis is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, and business opportunities within the industry can be highly lucrative. However, given the nature of the marijuana industry, cannabis dispensaries face significantly more challenging security risks than other retailers.

Individuals and businesses within the marijuana industry are frequent targets of theft, armed robbery and organized crime. Despite its recent legalization across Illinois, marijuana is still classified by the federal government as a Schedule I drug. According to data from cannabis research firm BDS Analytics, illegal sales of marijuana in Illinois are expected to outpace legal sales through at least 2024. Due to its continued value on the black market and anticipated statewide shortages, burglary is a significant threat to marijuana dispensaries. Most financial institutions are unwilling to partner with the cannabis industry; with massive amounts of cash on hand and no access to banks, dispensaries must take dangerous risks simply to operate their business. Without proper and thorough training, even dispensary staff can create security vulnerabilities that could result in disastrous loss to the business.

Whether you have a single location or multiple organizations across the state, our highly trained law enforcement officers have extensive experience with mitigating security risks to dispensaries and growing facilities, including their offices and parking lots. Our dispensary security services include:


  • Armed Security

  • Comprehensive Security Evaluations

  • Investigative Services

  • Escort/Transport Security

  • Executive Protection

  • Security Consulting Services

The sale of recreational marijuana is tightly regulated by the state of Illinois and laws are strictly enforced: all businesses within the marijuana industry are required to implement and maintain formal security plans. Our team of state-certified law enforcement officers has the most extensive experience in the industry with creating security plans that are fully compliant with state laws. 

We work closely with our clients to customize dispensary security plans that not only comply with state regulations, but also meet the unique needs of their business. Once a security plan has been developed, our team continues to support yours by ensuring continued compliance with state laws. 
The off-duty and retired police officers of Blue Star Security have long been committed to keeping cannabis products out of the wrong hands. Contact us today to learn more about how we can protect your valuable resources to help you capitalize on the rapidly growing cannabis industry.