A cannabis security plan is an indispensable tool for every marijuana business. Security plans are an important part of running any business but the cannabis industry needs them more than most because of the increased security needs and risks that come with operating a cannabusiness.
A well-written cannabis security plan is not only critical to business success and longevity but is generally one of the major requirements that must be met to acquire an operating license. Security plans hold one of the highest point values and play a significant influence in determining whether an applicant will be granted a license. When there is a high level of competition for a limited number of licenses, having a competent security plan may make or break your chances of getting placed at the top of the list.
We have prepared a comprehensive guide with everything you need to know about cannabis security plans.
The cannabis security plan is a comprehensive guide to help you address all your security concerns in one place. It covers everything from building security and employee security to business continuity and disaster recovery plans.
A cannabis security plan is a written document that outlines how your business will mitigate risk, handle any threats or emergencies, and protect staff and assets. It can include things like who has access to which areas of the facility, how often they have to check in with security personnel, who they are allowed to interact with, what personal items they can bring to work, and so on.
A security plan for your cannabis company should be in place for a variety of reasons.
Here are a few reasons:
The use and possession of cannabis are both against the law at the federal level. However, the regulation of cannabis is left up to each individual state. A great number of states have enacted regulations that stipulate the criteria for video surveillance, such as the required minimum resolution of the camera, the number of frames it must record per second, the fact that it must be operational at all times, and the amount of time it must be kept on file.
Your state can demand that you secure the entrances in order to prevent anybody from gaining unlawful entry and that you meet certain storage criteria for the marijuana. To determine the level of security that is necessary, you will need to do research on the particular rules that apply in your state or territory.
When regulatory bodies ask for a security plan for cannabis businesses as part of the pre-licensing process, there are two primary considerations that they have in mind.
First, they are interested in seeing your security schematics. These are floor plans of your business that highlight all its security features including video cameras, alarms, sensors, lighting, and other elements.
Second, they want a narrative description of the safety precautions that are being taken. This explanation brings to light everything that is shown in your security diagram and the procedures that are associated with the equipment.
As marijuana becomes legal across the US, there are many things to think about when making a security plan for your business.
Here are some important considerations when developing a cannabis business security plan:
Security locks are one of the issues that security plans will address. The following are some of the typical requirements for security locks in cannabis businesses.
The inclusion of the lock brands and model numbers in your cannabis dispensary’s security plan is likely to be required by most regulatory agencies. It’s possible that you’ll also need to give the name of the firm that’s installing the security and evidence that they’re authorized.
Each state has rules for the number of surveillance cameras, image quality, camera location, remote video access, and video storage duration. Some jurisdictions require 90 days of video storage, but the industry norm will likely follow California’s 1-year minimum. All cameras must be active 24/7 and identify people from above and at eye level.
Include in your security plan the cameras and network video recorder (NVR) you want to employ; security rules on who may access your security cameras’ data and how; networking and cabling schematics for the cameras; and a map of your cameras’ estimated range.
Basic security measures, such as intrusion (or burglar) alarms that trigger while you are not in the facility, should also be in place. As it is unlikely that someone will be there 24 hours a day, you should have an alarm system that will warn you and the police if someone breaks in or tries to break in.
A complete cannabis security plan must include access control in order to prevent unauthorized people from accessing restricted areas. Developing an access control system is critical to the safety and security of your cannabis operation. Local host access control, access control methods, role-based access control, discretionary access control, and mandatory access control are all types of access control systems.
In your cannabis business plan, you may include a method for validating new customers or patients, a method of preventing entry to unauthorized individuals, a floor layout depicting your shop floor and waiting area, and the limit on store customers, if any.
As cannabis companies are vulnerable to a variety of cyberattacks, it is prudent to implement security precautions in order to reduce the likelihood of unfortunate outcomes. There is a broad range of options available to meet the unique requirements of your company. This may include the following:
Since staff theft is the most prevalent cause of revenue loss in the marijuana sector, a marijuana security plan should always contain procedures for conducting background checks on all the company’s workers. This is especially critical for a contentious market like the selling of marijuana, especially considering that the commodity was banned up until quite recently. A background check might make it less likely that you’ll let someone with bad intentions into your dispensary by accident.
The majority of thefts in the cannabis sector occur inside the business itself. Discount misuse is an example of a kind of employee theft. By connecting your video and point-of-sale (POS) systems, you can find and stop this kind of manipulation, as well as cash refunds and several other POS-related scams.
This is where the development of the security plan can become difficult. In this section, you will describe the exact location and design of your dispensary, as well as all security measures, equipment use, and implementation. Below are the following topics you must clarify in your facility security plan.
A thorough set of security-related rules and processes is essential for cannabis businesses. Standard operating procedures help guarantee cannabis businesses operate properly and consistently. The rules and processes for how things should be done should be clearly outlined in detail in a thorough policy and procedure manual. This written document will explain to workers how they should act and behave, as well as what they can expect from your company’s policies.
In this section, your goal is to prove that your daily operations and management support the physical security measures. Here you will convey how you will vet prospective employees, train staff, and maintain records.
As the owner of a cannabis business, it is important that you take steps to protect your assets and make sure that criminals who are trying to make money from the industry’s rapid growth don’t put your customers in danger.
Cannaspire can assist you in developing a cannabis security plan that is appropriate for your company model and complies with the laws of your state. Contact us for additional information.
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