Laws around medical and recreational marijuana across Canada have been changing in recent years with this culminating in the legalization of recreational marijuana this year. This has been an area of growing political and business interest in 2017 and this will only continue into the new year. An estimate by the CIBC World Markets estates that once fully legalized, marijuana sales are expected to reach $10 billion annually. That’s a staggering number that businesses and the market need to adjust to.
With the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana comes the legislation and regulations under which businesses must operate. These Licensed Producers, i.e. businesses that are legally entitled to sell medical marijuana, must follow the regulations set out by the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations Act (ACMPR). This act includes the physical security regulations that Licensed Producers must abide by.
Sonitrol Canada provides the robust physical security for dispensaries and licensed producers necessary to meet these regulations. With our fire protection, alarm systems, and video security for dispensaries, you know that you’re adhering to Canadian legislation in your business.
What Are the Licensed Producer Security Requirements?
There are a variety of guidelines and requirements by Health Canada about the security required by Licensed Producers. With changes coming to the laws in 2018, these regulations are more important than ever as more businesses apply to become Licensed Producers.
Licensed Producers’ sites must have physical barriers to prevent unauthorized access, which may include signage, doors, access control systems, sensors, and intrusion detection systems.
Access Control Systems
A dispensary of any kind selling marijuana must be designed in a way to prevent unauthorized access. The best way to guarantee this is with a robust access control system. Whether with security codes, badges, or keys, product access must be restricted to comply with the laws. Only designated employees who have passed specific screenings and interviews should be able to access controlled substances.
In Licensed Producer facilities, intrusion detection and visual recording devices must be monitored at all times by professionals. In the event of an alarm being triggered or a break-in, the proper steps must be taken to prevent the unauthorized access. Verified Response security systems are the solution to this.
An intrusion detection system around the perimeter of the facility is required by law. It can also be helpful to have additional intrusion detection within the facility around various sensitive areas. This intrusion detection must be monitored and keep intrusion information accessible to the authorities.
This isn’t an exhaustive list or description. You can find the full physical security measures required by the Government of Canada here.
How Sonitrol Can Help With Dispensary Security
Sonitrol’s experience in the security industry makes the best choice for Licensed Producer security systems and monitoring.
Our access control systems come with a variety of options that fit different security levels in your facility. If an employee stops working for your business, it’s easy to remove their security access electronically. No need to change locks and get new keys!
Our intrusion systems come with our Verified Audio Response technology. When an alarm is triggered, our monitoring professionals immediately listen in to verify if the trigger is a false alarm or a real threat. This is what gives us the fastest police response time in the industry – the authorities know that when we contact them for a break-in, it’s a verified threat.
Similar to this is Sonavision, our video monitoring which is a necessary asset for recreational and medical marijuana security regulations. Our monitoring professionals can see when an intrusion is occurring or an unverified person is accessing sensitive areas and alert the proper authorities. This means you get a fast response to any threats to your business may experience.
Lastly, Sonitrol is ULC Listed for Fire Protection. This means that when you choose Sonitrol for fire protection and temperature monitoring, you’re working with a regulated company that has to meet the standards of the Underwriters Laboratories. We provide fire detection system installation and monitoring for the most robust security for dispensaries.
Contact Us Today
For more information about dispensary security and how Sonitrol can help your business going into recreational legalization, contact us. Our decades of experience in the security industry makes us able to adapt to new trends and regulations quickly and our unparalleled security technology makes us the best choice for any physical security needs.
Contact us today for a Free Security Plan for Licensed Producers!