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Why Cannabis Dispensaries Should Scan IDs

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As of 2022, 38 states have legalized medical marijuana and 19 states have legalized recreational marijuana. The number of cannabis dispensaries in the United States is 7,490 and growing. As the cannabis industry explodes, so do concerns about keeping marijuana out of the hands of minors. ID scanning allow dispensaries to not only verify the age of their customers, but also to keep track daily purchase limits while enhancing customer experience. 


Tracking Daily Maximums

Most states limit the amount of cannabis a customer can purchase per visit, and it can get complicated. Illinois, for example, has different requirements for in-state and out-of-state residents. For this reason, dispensaries must have a way to track how much they are selling. ID scanning applications will note this information, which can easily be accessed should law enforcement ever require it.   

Passing Compliance Checks

The penalties for selling cannabis to a minor are steep. For example, in Aurora, CO the first violation can net a $3,500 fine, the second offense could merit a 30 day license suspension, and a third offense within a year may result in the dispensary losing their license. ID scanners ensure that dispensaries stay compliant, preventing underage individuals from buying marijuana. Enforcement chief for the Liquor and Cannabis Control Board, Justin Nordhorn, states, “Door security staff read so many IDs during the course of their shift, they can fall prey to complacency.”

When it comes to compliance checks with the State Liquor & Cannabis Board, ID scanning applications such as VeriScan or WizzForms time stamp ID scans and display the customer’s age, providing proof that adequate effort was made to verify a buyer’s age. This allows dispensaries to use the affirmative defense, which excuses them from criminal liability.

Enhance Customer Experience

Scanning IDs at the point-of-entry reduces wait times by automating check-in procedures and automatically aggregating customer information into forms. Additionally, certain ID scanning solutions can note preferences and purchase history for a customer’s next visit while identifying VIP customers for elevated service. 

Automating Restricted/Limited Access Visitor Processing

According to Colorado’s Medical Code for dispensaries, those not licensed to be in certain areas of a dispensary are required to wear a badge, which then must be submitted to the state. ID scanning solutions can be paired with a simple badge printer to print badges with appropriate information after an ID is scanned.

Whether or not it’s required, ID scanning at cannabis dispensaries is good for business. Not only does ID scanning ensure compliance with state regulations, it also streamlines the customer experience while keeping the premises secure.

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