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As any dispensary owner will tell you, opening a cannabis retail operation is not for the faint of heart. Between strict regulations, high start-up costs and taxes—not to mention fierce competition—it takes much more than a passion for cannabis to run a successful dispensary. 

Yet, the rewards of owning a dispensary can be significant. Cannabis products were in high demand in 2020, and dispensaries were even deemed “essential” in many states. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, salaries for cannabis retail professionals increased by up to 22%, and thousands of dispensary jobs are expected in the coming years as new states embrace legalization. 

If you’re ready to start or grow your cannabis dispensary, you want to have the best hardware at your disposal. We’ve got you covered! Take a look at these must-have tools to set your retail operation up for success:


Certified Cannabis Scales 

Depending on the state in which you operate, your cannabis dispensary may be required to weigh flower at the checkout counter before it’s sold. But even if it’s not a requirement, precise measurement at checkout will ensure that your business isn’t giving away too much or too little product, leading to better profitability and customer satisfaction. 



However, you can’t use just any type of weigh scale for cannabis retail operations. You’ll need a Legal for Trade Scale that is certified by the National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP) for the best in quality, accuracy and reliability when weighing your product. At Delta9 Systems, we’ve assembled a selection of certified cannabis scales we recommend specifically for dispensaries. 


Cannabis Barcode Scanners and Label Printers

No matter the size of your cannabis retail operation, accurate inventory management is critical. Having your employees input product information or sales data by hand is time-consuming and significantly increases the risk of human error. In an industry like cannabis, any compliance refractions can easily result in hefty fines or even the loss of your dispensary license. This is why every dispensary needs high-quality barcode scanners for cannabis product inventory management. 


Cordless cannabis barcode scanners can take your business to a higher level, allowing your employees to quickly and easily scan items at checkout and keep track of inventory. Along with barcode scanners, investing in the right labeling and printing solution will help your cannabis dispensary maintain compliance and stay on top of inventory tracking. There’s a cannabis labeling and printing solution for every need in your dispensary, whether you need professional-looking custom shelf display labels, product hang-tags or barcode labels for inventory. 

Instant Cannabis Potency Measurement

Today’s cannabis consumers care about transparency and consistency. They want to know exactly what they’re buying and what to expect. From novices to seasoned cannabis enthusiasts, any customer who walks into your dispensary depends on your budtenders to provide education, advice and recommendations for the array of products offered. Ultimately, it’s the personal touch of a good budtender that builds customer trust and keeps them coming back to your dispensary. 


One way to empower your budtenders and enhance your customers’ experience is to offer on-demand cannabis potency testing. While cannabis crops must undergo lab testing before being sold, cannabis is a natural product and the THC and CBD potency ratios vary from bud to bud, plant to plant. With a handheld cannabis potency tester like the Purpl PRO, you can test flower samples right in your shop, helping customers understand what they’re buying. Best of all, the Purpl PRO measures cannabis potency without destroying the sample, so you won’t lose any product. 

Incorporating the Purpl PRO into your cannabis retail operation can also help when negotiating the best prices with suppliers. When your business depends on connecting customers to consistent, quality products, the Purpl PRO is an invaluable tool! 

For all your dispensary hardware needs, think Delta9 Systems 

When you partner with Delta9 Systems, you gain access to all the tools and tech your dispensary or retail shop needs to help maintain compliance, improve efficiency and provide smooth service to your valued customers. Personalized customer support is as important to us as it is to you, and our team is always ready to answer your questions and offer customized solutions. Start shopping online or get in touch with our team today! 

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