Security Plans & Armed Guards – Getting Compliant in Southern California

Under California law and various city ordinances including the City of Los Angeles, the Cannabis industry has multiple overlapping security requirements in order to obtain licensure and to operate legally.

“Pot laws” that were voted in by the public in the last two years are now in effect as of Jan. 1, 2018. AEGIS Security & Investigations is an experienced, licensed, and insured agency that provides consultations and physical security for cannabis businesses throughout Southern California. As a proponent of public safety, and as the state moves into enhanced regulations for licensed marijuana facilities, we find it important to delve into the requirements to ensure everyone is playing it safe.

When it comes to marijuana facilities, EVERY SINGLE TYPE OF OPERATION is impacted by the laws. Per California state regulations, all pre-existing facilities are now required to be up-to-date on their security procedures to continue operation. These new protocols include installing and maintaining video surveillance equipment; ensuring all points of access to the premises are secured; utilizing a security alarm system; and hiring professional contracted security personnel. Additionally, all licensed marijuana businesses are required to maintain their records for at least seven years.

AEGIS can help your cannabis business meet all of these security requirements.


AEGIS Security & Investigations provides consultation services for a variety of clients ranging from personal estates to corporate buildings. Our consultants’ expertise on security allows them to assess and determine the most effective routes for each client that fits their needs. For cannabis business security, AEGIS provides consultations of the facility and practices. Our method is simple: we conduct our assessment and we customize a cannabis security plan while you focus on your business. Because our clients are our priority, your consultant will work diligently to address not only your concerns but the elements of your business that are regulated by patchwork of the laws.

AEGIS consultations for cannabis businesses provide expertise on the following:

  • Marijuana law for the State of California
  • Marijuana law for Los Angeles County
  • Marijuana law for cities within Greater Los Angeles including Palm Desert, Baldwin Park, and Costa Mesa among others.
  • Best practices for security systems (i.e., alarm systems, CCTV systems, alarm key pads)
  • Best practices for security officers
  • Physical security post orders and tasks
  • Annual audits and reviews to maintain best security practices and operate within the law

For more on AEGIS’ consultation services, visit our website or request a phone call today.

 Physical security

The use of contracted security personnel for marijuana facilities is required in the Los Angeles. Hiring AEGIS as your professional service ensures your business is consistently monitored, that all points of access are cleared and locked, and that all surveillance footage is reviewed. Additionally, we ensure our security officers are compliant with the State of California and City of Los Angeles and maintain an active American Red Cross First Aid card.

AEGIS hires top-notch security professionals who have experience and undergo additional training from our company. We develop post orders that suit our clients’ needs and work as a team to meet and exceed their expectations. Additionally, we have a growing staff of armed officers who have military and law enforcement experience who are prepared to take on the challenge of protecting your inventory.

For more about our security officers and services, visit our website or request a phone call today.

Background Investigations

AEGIS conducts pre-employment background investigations for employers screening perspective employees working in the cannabis industry. We utilize a variety of in-house tools and resources along with retrieving public records.

For more about our security officers and services, visit our website or request a phone call today.

AEGIS Security & Investigations is a Los Angeles region company that is licensed and insured in the State of California to provide high-end armed and unarmed regular and temporary off-duty police officers, bodyguards, security officers, loss prevention agents, and event staff. Additionally, we offer services for private investigation, consultation, people tracing, and background investigation. Our trainings and workshops in the field of security licensure and counter-terrorism have been featured in news media and are renowned for their efficacy. For more information or to contact us, visit


By Chelsea Turner & Jeff Zisner