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Cannabis Services

The Smart Way to Protect Your Cannabis Business

In less than two years after becoming legal in Massachusetts, the Commonwealth’s cannabis industry has generated over $1 billion in gross sales, and an additional $200 million in state tax revenue. Those numbers do not include the gross sales of the supporting businesses, or the income tax generated from the hiring of thousands of employees, that are directly and indirectly involved in the industry.

Regulations have changed twice in less than three years and seem to be evolving and changing on what seems like a weekly basis.  The cannabis industry can be extremely profitable, but it is also subject to stringent regulations, close monitoring, and a near zero tolerance for any perceived violation.

The governance of a business that operates in a highly regulated industry, such as cannabis, needs to make risk mitigation and management a top priority. We help our clients avoid the mistakes that can be expensive, result in license suspension or, the worst-case scenario, a permanent revocation of your cannabis license. Your organization’s success directly correlates to our success, we have a vested interest in your success.

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Responsible Vendor Training

“Done in a Day, with Minimal Disruption”

Our Responsible Vendor Training classes were created by subject matter experts that are certified as Drug Recognition Experts (DRE), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Standardized Field Sobriety Instructors (SFST), Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE), Certified  Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS), Certified Crypto Currency Investigators (CCI), Internationally Board-Certified Protection Professionals (CPP), Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstructionist (ACTAR), Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) certified investigators, and identification experts. Our students have a 100-percent passing rate, with an average score of 84 percent.

We provide live in-person, live online, and virtual pre-recorded RVT certification classes; they include:

  • One-day live in-person classroom certifications
  • Live online trainings have the option to:
    • Meet once a week for two hours, for four weeks
    • Be certified and done in a day, with minimal disruptions
  • Virtual pre-recorded classes with thirty days to complete the course
  • Each online students’ identification is verified through Electronic Verification Systems
  • Continuing Education Units (CEU) / Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits through:
    • The American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS)
    • Certified Financial Crime Specialists (CFCS)
  • Five Hours of RVT and Three Hours of Specialty Training
    • Retail
    • Transportation
    • Cultivation & Manufacturing
  • Review Session
  • Trainer Evaluations
  • 50-Question Comprehension Test

Our eight-hour RVT specialty courses fulfill each MEA’s yearly requirement, no additional training required. We provide a master list of employee certifications, test scores, and evaluations, all of which are made available to the client online, with 24/7/365 access.

Our services don’t stop there, we will remind the client and the individual employee that their certification is fast approaching.  Each will receive an email 90, 60, and 30-days prior to expiration, reminding them of the approaching date while encouraging them to register for an upcoming refresher training.

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Mystery Shopper Service for Cannabis Businesses

The STIRM Group also offers a mystery shopper service that evaluates the entire shopping experience, from when a customer enters the facility until they depart. Our mystery shopper is an RVT-certified STIRM Group employee who will complete a written report of the entire shopping experience, from entry to exit.

The details include:

  • Our mystery shopper will evaluate the identification check process that happens at the door and at the retail counter.
  • Our shopper also will ask the budtender a series of questions that gauge the tender’s knowledge base and ensure they are providing accurate information to the customer regarding quantity, dosing, duration, and the time to feel the effect dependent upon the method of ingestion.
  • The shopper will complete a cannabis purchase and evaluate the internal controls to determine if they comply with company policy and procedures.

For a small fee, cannabis retail operators can use this STIRM Group service to make sure your employees adhere to company and CCC requirements, rather than have the CCC notify the business owner that they are being fined, suspended from operating, or having their license to operate revoked.

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Zeus Currency Discriminator Helps Cannabis Business Deal with Cash Reliably

Many cannabis retailers see cash as a large proportion of revenue flowing into their operations and they need a fast, reliable way to count large receipts. The Zeus Currency Discriminator uses a two-pocket design to offer numerous functions, including identifying and separating counterfeit bills, tracking and recording serial numbers, counts mixed bills, and sorts them by denomination, orientation, and face direction. The unit will also generate reports to document every function.

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High-Value, High-Risk Transportation Course

This course is recommended to all employees that will be transporting or will be involved in the transportation process of cannabis. This class was developed by a team of experts who have experience in nuclear weapon transportation, narcotic transportation, covert surveillance, executive protection, undercover operations, supply chain, and internal controls. During this course, our internationally board-certified protection professionals will identify scenarios and review security procedures to protect employees, assets, and the public.

Our high-value, high-risk transportation course covers the important details, including:

  • Advanced driving techniques
  • Vehicle dynamics
  • What to do if being followed
  • Identifying covert surveillance teams
  • Emergency preparedness for a variety of situations
  • Laws and procedures of MA Commonwealth and CCC mandate