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JUL 2018

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Page 34 of 115 / Security Dealer & Integrator 35 Analytics, the total economic output from legal cannabis is expected to grow 150 percent from $16 billion in 2017 to $40 billion by 2021. As one might expect, the demand for security equipment and services from this industry is high given not only the nature of the product itself – still illegal under federal law and easily moved on the black market – but also the extraordinary compliance requirements placed on growers in the states in which they operate. Chad Gordon, VP of Visible Intellect, a new systems integration firm based in Orange County, Calif., says that as the legal landscape has begun to change in recent years – particularly with Colo- rado and Washington passing legislation to allow recreational marijuana use – he knew that more specific compliance requirements would be forth- coming and that security and other technologies would be in great demand moving forward. Indeed, marijuana farming is now highly regu- lated by the states from the time plants are cul- tivated, harvested and sold in a dispensary – a process known in the industry simply as "seed- to-sale" tracking. Opportunity Photo: Chad Gordon

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