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Amendment 64: Colorado’s Recreational Marijuana Law and the Security Cameras Required


Our company,, has been doing a considerable amount of business with Washington State’s I-502 applicants, and it has been a very beneficial relationship for both parties. Once these customers send us a floor plan diagram for the location they are trying to get licensed, we offer a recommended surveillance camera layout and then build them two quotes based on that suggested layout. This way we can make sure that the applicant gets the required video coverage and let them choose which type of system works best for them.

The two quotes that we offer as part of this service are for two different types of security camera systems which will meet the legal requirements in Colorado and Washington State. Each of these systems has its own strengths and a fairly equal number of them have been sold to several participants in this industry who have passed their final inspection and are now licensed.

– The first type of compliant system works with analog cameras. It’s the closed circuit TV technology that has been around for decades. Over the years this technology has been improved to the extent that it has pretty much reached the limit of the quality it can provide. This type of system meets the legal requirement because our analog DVRs are accessible through the internet and you can see the live feeds and recorded footage from each of the cameras. This is the least expensive type of surveillance camera system available today.

– The second type of security camera system which will meet the legal requirements uses IP cameras. This type of system offers megapixel quality video. Depending on the type of camera used with this technology, it can easily provide the highest resolution available in the security camera industry. Although this type of system costs a bit more, the reason is readily apparent when you see the difference in video quality.

We are proud to say that every one of our customers that have implemented our suggested camera layouts have successfully passed their final inspection and qualified for their license to grow, process or sell marijuana. The people involved in this burgeoning industry are spending a substantial amount of money in order to get their business off the ground and we take our part in helping them through this process very seriously.

When Colorado first legalized recreational cannabis our service wasn’t in as high demand because it had an established medical marijuana industry in place previously and the businesses involved already had the required video surveillance. However as this industry continues to grow, new applicants need to address this requirement for getting licensed and that’s where we come in to the picture in an expanded role.

We have been helping our I-502 customers to better understand the portions of the law which pertain to video surveillance, to the extent that we have even been working directly with the Washington State Liquor Control Board in order to help clarify the law. We have also done extensive research on Colorado’s Amendment 64 in order to be certain that we’re also able to help the applicants there qualify for their license and remain compliant in order to keep it.


Many of our customers in this industry come to us with the mindset that they are just getting a security camera system because they are forced to by the law. A smaller portion of these customers understand how a CCTV system can help with the security of their property and product. There is a less obvious potential application for a surveillance system in this type of situation – it can actually be valuable in helping to produce a high quality product consistently.

Once a customer has one of our DVRs or NVRs connected to that same router where they have a computer connected, then they can call our tech support team for help with the networking. The tech will be able to remotely log into the customer’s computer in order to get everything set up. After that process is completed the customer will be shown how they can remotely access their camera system from any computer in the world, iPhone or Android smart phones and/or a tablet based on the Android or Apple operating systems from anywhere in the world. Our tech support team is proficient at helping to get this set up and have done so for any customers that want to make use of this feature, regardless of the customer’s networking knowledge. The obvious application of this feature is to be able check on the security at the installation location. This is one of the features that can also help to grow a better product.


If megapixel cameras are installed at a grow location then the high resolution video will allow you to be able monitor the development of the plants during all of the growth cycles and under different circumstances. You’ll be able to notice changes in the plants which aren’t readily apparent when you have daily contact with them, by reviewing daily segments of recorded video over an extended period of time. In this way you can further monitor and evaluate how the plants react when you try different soils or soil substances, water levels, nutrient systems, PH levels, lighting cycles, growing temperatures, clipping frequency, and clipping style in order to optimize quality and production.

Example of a plant with the pH level is too low or high

Many of the serious problems that marijuana plants can experience will leave visible signs. By remotely viewing your cameras from your preferred device every once in a while you’ll be able to monitor your plants for some of the more severe problems that they can face and be able to potentially correct the issue quickly enough to minimize damage to the crops. With a high resolution camera you’ll be able to monitor your crop for signs of being stressed (possibly triggering a sex change), nutrient deficiency, fungus gnats, spider mites, whiteflies, white powdery mildew, white powdery mold, and/or aphids without even being in the same state or country. Below are some images of the early signs that your crops are about to face some serious problems. These are just a few of the problems that have visible warning signs.

Example of a plant growing male pollen sacs

Example of calcium deficiency

Example of fungus gnat

Example of spider mite infestation

Example of whitefly infestation

Example of white powdery mildew

Example of white powdery mold

Example of an aphid infestation

The ability to detect and avoid these potentially catastrophic problems early can be a key part of making sure that your business stays profitable. If you need to be away from the growing facility for a family emergency or you just need a vacation, being able to remotely monitor the crops means that you can have peace of mind even though you are unable to be hands on with your plants.

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