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HD & IP-BASED SECURITY SYSTEMS FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA FACILITIES IN CANADA

TRI WEST TECHNOLOGIES can help you secure access to the perimeter of the property and areas within the property where Licensed Producers (LPs) of medical marijuana is or will be present. We can also recommend some control mechanisms that can be out into place within your company or organization to protect alarms, keys and security codes to prevent unauthorized access to your site through layered levels of security.

The specific regulatory provisions from the ACMPR regarding access control are as follows:

53 The licensed producer’s site must be designed in a manner that prevents unauthorized access.

57 (1) Access to areas within a site where cannabis is present (referred to in this section and sections 58 to 61 as those areas) must be restricted to persons whose presence in those areas is required by their work responsibilities.

57 (2) The responsible person in charge or, if applicable, the alternate responsible person in charge must be physically present while other persons are in those areas.

57 (3) A record must be made of the identity of every person entering or exiting those areas.

(Source: Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations)

  • Access Control

There is a wide range of appropriate electronic access control systems, including intrusion detection mechanisms and CCVE that may be employed to ensure that access to the site, and areas within the site where cannabis is present, is restricted to the appropriate personnel and that a record is kept of each person entering and exiting those areas. The system you install must be capable of identifying each individual who enters or leaves restricted areas and to comply with regulatory requirements.

A personal identification number (PIN) credential system alone is not sufficient for access control because PINs can be purposefully or inadvertently disclosed. For example, a security system that requires a PIN and an identification card, or biometrics and visual monitoring are examples of ways to prevent both unauthorized access to those areas within a site where cannabis is present, and keep track of the movements of personnel that enter and leave those areas.

  • System Control

Steps should be taken to ensure the appropriate control of codes, keys, combinations and other elements of your security system. For example, to ensure appropriate security, only senior personnel including the senior person in charge, the responsible person in charge and any alternate responsible persons in charge should have access to alarm codes, vault combinations and other security elements for the site. Changing combinations and codes on a regular basis and when there are any changes with any senior personnel will assist in ensuring appropriate control of the security system.

Perimeter of the Site

53 The licensed producer’s site must be designed in a manner that prevents unauthorized access.

55 The perimeter of the licensed producer’s site must be secured by means of an intrusion detection system that operates at all times and that allows for the detection of any attempted or actual unauthorized access to or movement in the site or tampering with the system.

56 (1) The intrusion detection system must be monitored at all times by personnel who must determine the appropriate steps to be taken in response to the detection of any occurrence referred to in section 54 or 55.

(2) If any such occurrence is detected, the personnel must make a record of

  • (a) the date and time of the occurrence; and

  • (b) the measures taken in response to it and the date and time when they were taken.

(Source: Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations)

Areas Within a Site Where Cannabis is Present

57 (1) Access to areas within a site where cannabis is present (referred to in this section and sections 58 to 61 as those areas) must be restricted to persons whose presence in those areas is required by their work responsibilities.

62 (1) The intrusion detection system must be monitored at all times by personnel who must determine the appropriate steps to be taken in response to the detection of any occurrence referred to in section 59 or 60.

(Source: Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations)

  • Monitoring

Monitoring your site’s perimeter and areas within your site where cannabis is present via an ULC intrusion detection system with personnel in a central location will allow your personnel to detect any unauthorized attempts to enter those areas; or to tamper with security equipment. Appropriately trained personnel will assist in responding to any incident involving detected unauthorized activity. When there are no responsible personnel present, a link to a monitoring station will enable notification to the appropriate personnel and law enforcement. A response plan will be designed to ensure quick action when detection has occurred.

  • Records

Keeping all cameras recording 24/7, and having appropriate back-up mechanisms in place can achieve the appropriate coverage to detect illegal activity, unauthorized access and any attempts to breach the security of your site and areas within your site where cannabis is present. Back-up mechanisms must ensure that all visual recordings and records of a detected occurrence be retained for two years. These back-up mechanisms may include storing the visual recordings on multiple media devices/servers at site as required.

  • Tampering

The effectiveness of any system is dependent on the signal reaching the individuals responsible for the monitoring of the signal and the response to its warning. Depending on how the signal is carried, tampering with the line carrying the signal may result in the signal not reaching its intended destination. An acceptable system should be able to identify, record, and notify if the lines are tampered with or if an attempt has been made. A response plan will be designed to ensure quick action when tampering occurs.

  • Power Supply

In order to comply with regulations, your security system must include visual recording devices, access control and an intrusion detection system which must operate on a continuous basis. For example, supporting your security system and all components (e.g., sensors, control units and communicators/enunciators, volumetric sensors, glass-break detectors, beam-break sensors) with an interruptible power supply sufficient for 24/7 continuous operation would effectively maintain the integrity of your security system 

"The ACMPR set out physical security requirements that are necessary to secure sites where licensed producers conduct activities with cannabis other than storage. The Guidance Document: Building and Production Security Requirements for Marihuana for Medical Purposes provides technical details on how to meet these security requirements." 

(Source: Health Canada: Additional Information for Licensed Producers Under The Access To Cannabis For Medical Purposes Regulations)

Perimeter of the Site

54 (1) The perimeter of the licensed producer’s site must be visually monitored at all times by visual recording devices to detect any attempted or actual unauthorized access.

55 The perimeter of the licensed producer’s site must be secured by means of an intrusion detection system that operates at all times and that allows for the detection of any attempted or actual unauthorized access to or movement in the site or tampering with the system.

56 (1) The intrusion detection system must be monitored at all times by personnel who must determine the appropriate steps to be taken in response to the detection of any occurrence referred to in section 54 or 55.

(Source: Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations)

Areas Within a Site Where Cannabis is Present

57 (3) A record must be made of the identity of every person entering or exiting those areas.

58 Those areas must include physical barriers that prevent unauthorized access.

59 (1) Those areas must be visually monitored at all times by visual recording devices to detect illicit conduct.

60 Those areas must be secured by means of an intrusion detection system that operates at all times and that allows for the detection of any attempted or actual unauthorized access to or movement in those areas or tampering with the system.

(Source: Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations)

Video Surveillance and Coverage

TRI WEST TECHNOLOGIES can design a complete and comprehensive high resolution video surveillance system to monitor all free standing buildings where cannabis is present as well as the entire perimeter of the site. The megapixel video surveillance system will be designed in accordance with Health Canada as well as in-depth conversations with the department of controlled substances (license and permit division).

The megapixel video surveillance system can handle megapixel video surveillance on one Digital Watchdog Spectrum or Advanced Bosch Analytics video server and is scaled to meet the requirements of Health Canada today as well as into the future for multiple site management. All high resolution megapixel camera wiring will be run from the cameras’ installed location to the secure security room and server rack, utilizing installed secure EMT metal conduit where required, as well as areas where the wiring might be accessible. The EMT conduit will assist in protecting the camera wiring from accidental or intentional damage.

Visual monitoring of the perimeter of your site, as well as the areas within your site where cannabis is present can be achieved using closed circuit video equipment (CCVE). Appropriate lighting equipment in conjunction with CCVE can assist in the detection, classification, assessment, and recognition of the images recorded. Cameras should be in sufficient number and appropriately located to cover the area to be monitored.

(Source: The Guided Document:Heath Canada Building and Production Security Requirements for Marijuana for Medical Purposes)

Redundancy and Back-Ups

Keeping all cameras recording 24/7, and having appropriate back-up mechanisms in place can achieve the appropriate coverage to detect illegal activity, unauthorized access and any attempts to breach the security of your site and of the areas within your site where cannabis is present. Back-up mechanisms must ensure that all visual recordings and records of a detected occurrence be retained for two years. These back-up mechanisms may include storing the visual recordings on multiple media devices.

(Source: The Guided Document:Heath Canada Building and Production Security Requirements for Marijuana for Medical Purposes)

 

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