A proposed zoning ordinance in Chicago would require dispensaries and cultivation centers to use an independent security contractor as a condition of the City’s special use permit for medical cannabis. The ordinance would also require marijuana businesses to conduct loading and unloading of cannabis product shipments in a secure area outside of public view.
Click to view the proposed ordinance: Amendment of Municipal Code Section 17-9-0129 regarding medical cannabis dispensing organizations and and cultivation centers.
Chicago Tribune: Round-the-clock security wanted for Chicago medical marijuana shops
Chicago Sun Times: Aldermen demand security and loading controls for medical pot
24-hour Private Security Protection
The proposed ordinance states:
Medical cannabis dispensing organizations and cultivation centers shall be required to maintain the services of an Illinois licensed private security contractor and maintain a private security contractor presence at their facilities 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.
The transportation, loading, and unloading of any cannabis or cannabis-infused products shall be conducted under the supervision of an Illinois licensed private security contractor.
Unloading Outside of Public View
The proposed ordinance states:
The loading and unloading of any cannabis or cannabis infused products at medical cannabis dispensing organizations shall take place in a secure loading area and shall not be visible to the general public.
Medical cannabis dispensing organizations shall not be maintained or operated in a manner that creates or allows the public viewing of cannabis, cannabis infused products, cannabis paraphernalia, or similar products from any sidewalk, or public or private right-of-way.
[Guest Post by Tactical Security]
Tactical Security: Illinois Licensed Private Security Contractor
With offices in Chicago and Waukegan, Lake County, Tactical Security is an Illinois licensed private security contractor focused on the medical cannabis industry. We already have a depth of experience with the new law and regulations, having recently written security plans for cultivation centers and dispensaries (see us featured in WBEZ’s article: Illinois begins accepting applications for marijuana businesses).
Tactical Security is an experienced team of law enforcement, military, and security professionals. We have been preparing to service the new medical cannabis industry for months already. Presently we are recruiting and training additional qualified personnel to meet Chicago dispensaries’ need for 24-hour protection. We’re also gearing up to provide on-site security for cultivation centers and dispensaries during their construction and build-out.
If you’re a prospective dispensary or cultivation center licensee in Chicago, we’d like to give a free initial consultation to begin exploring the details of a relationship that helps you obtain a special use permit and otherwise begin operating as quickly possible.
Contact Tactical Security at (847) 263-1900.