To most drivers, the installation of dashcams represents an intrusion. And to some extent, that is true. They say the camera sees all, and poor driving behaviors will be exposed.
But for some industries, the cameras are a must, and the drivers have come to realize the benefits the camera provides. The cannabis distribution business is one of those.
“On some level, this is about monitoring our drivers and making sure they are transporting our products safely and not putting others [at risk],” explained Harry Berezin, vice president of legal and compliance for Bloom Farms, a cannabis grower and distributor in California. “But there is the other aspect of being able to adequately protect our drivers from the outside world. I actually think the latter is more important to us than the former. To an extent, this is a dangerous job for our drivers.”
Bloom Farms had been using road-facing cameras for about four years, said Greg Horn, California distribution manager and flower procurement specialist, but converted to the Azuga SafetyCam about six or seven months ago. Azuga's dashcams, combined with insurance coverage from QuadScore Insurance Services, are helping companies like Bloom Farms reduce their insurance costs, reduce their risk exposure and keep their drivers safe – especially those in the cannabis industry.
“Because of the federal banking restriction [which prevents most banks from handling funds related to cannabis], having a cannabis business, no matter where you are in the supply chain involves handling a lot of cash,” Berezin said. “It's pretty common for a driver to actually receive cash when we make a delivery to a brick-and-mortar dispensary that they then …