At TRI WEST TECHNOLOGIES,
our goal is to help our clients meet or exceed the security guidelines established by Health Canada for Licensed Producers (LPs) of medical marijuana concerning the areas where activities including where storage will take place. Before obtaining a license, the premise is thoroughly inspected by Health Canada. We aim to ensure the security aspects of the inspection are in line with the Health Canada Directive on The Directive On Physical Security Requirements For Controlled Substances and the Access To Cannabis For Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).
The specific regulatory provisions from the ACMPR Security Requirements regarding the security of your site and of the areas within your site where cannabis are as follows:
Part 1 Section C52: A licensed producer must ensure that the security measures set out in this Subdivision are carried out.
Part 1 Section C53: The licensed producer’s site must be designed in a manner that prevents unauthorized access.
Part 1 Section C55: 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.
Part 1 Section C57 (3) A record must be made of the identity of every person entering or exiting those areas.
Part 1 Section C60 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.
Part 1 Section C62 (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.
SIGNAGE & PHYSICAL BARRIERS - TRI WEST TECHNOLOGIES can take care of the signage required in and out of buildings where cannabis is present to mark the areas as private property or restricted. We will also incorporate elaborate electronic security features in and around the physical barriers of your site. For example, on and around building walls and fences around the perimeter of your property.
If your site is a stand-alone building, or a space within a building that shares walls, then physical barriers and signage posted at the perimeter and entrance to your building/space can assist in ensuring that your site is secure. The main purpose is to prevent unauthorized access and to act as a definite demarcation. Physical barriers are required for securing all areas within a site where cannabis is present. Physical barriers should provide sufficient resistance to impede unauthorized access to the premises where cannabis is present. For example, a physical barrier of some kind (e.g. a fence surrounding the site) and a sign stating that it is private property or a restricted area and that unauthorized access is prohibited are appropriate.
ENTRANCES, DOORS & FRAMES - TRI WEST TECHNOLOGIES will incorporate various security measures to prevent unauthorized access to areas where legal medical marijuana is present. Our door access control measures can include: medical grade, pick proof and drill proof locks; General Electric (GE) contact switches, heavy duty electric strikes by Rutherford Controls (RCI) with advanced 256-bit MIFARE encryption readers by CDVI or Keyscan Systems.
We will install a full ULC rated intrusion system and alarm system by DSC, Honeywell, or Bosch (depending on the site and client requirements). The system goes and communicates to a ULC rated monitoring station, which will be monitored 365 days a year.
Minimizing the number of entrance ways to the site and areas within a site where cannabis is present will assist in securing and monitoring the space; however, it should remain consistent with fire and building safety codes. Securing all entrances to the building, site or areas within a site where cannabis is or will be present would prevent unauthorized access. For example, entrance ways to areas within a site where cannabis is or will be present could be equipped with commercial steel doors and frames. Doors may be specified as fire rated, where required. The doors would also be equipped with the appropriate locking hardware, door closers, contact switches, and electronic access control mechanisms, to assist in providing appropriate security against unauthorized access.
Keeping your entrance ways closed and locked to the extent possible given your business operations, can assist in ensuring your site and areas within a site where cannabis is present are secure. Keeping doors and entrances to the areas within your site where cannabis is present closed at all times with an operational intrusion detection system on (alarm system that operates at all times), would further prevent unauthorized access.
OPENINGS, DUCTS AND MECHANICAL ELECTRICAL PASS THROUGHS TRI WEST TECHNOLOGIES specializes in electronic security measures, but we can help you build your building plan and get you in touch with some of the top builders in the industry who have experience working with legal medical marijuana operations. Please contact us to inquire!
Minimizing the number of openings, ducts and pass-throughs in your site and areas within your site where cannabis is or will be present will assist in preventing unauthorized access. Protecting all other openings with security screens, steel bars or equivalent material, welded to steel frames will assist in preventing unauthorized access to your site. The screens and bars are most effective in preventing unauthorized access including quick entry, grab and exit type intrusions. Where appropriate to accommodate pipe or conduit movement or expansion, pipes and conduits can be enclosed in a close-fitting sheet metal sleeve and fastened to a frame to provide appropriate security.
WALL CONSTRUCTION TRI WEST uses ‘seismic vibration sensors’ by DSC,Honeywell or Bosch to ensure wall security.
The walls of your site should be constructed to assist in ensuring unauthorized access to your site and areas within your site where cannabis is present, is prevented. For example, slab-to-slab construction and steel mesh sheets attached to the underside of structural joists can assist in ensuring wall security. (Source: The Guidance Document: Heath Canada Building and Production Security Requirements for Marijuana for Medical Purposes)
GLAZING PANEL SECURITY To add security to surfaces and prevent intrusion, TRI WEST TECHNOLOGIES will install ballistic rated advanced security film by ACE (Advanced Coatings Enterprises in Ontario, Canada). We will monitor the surfaces and glazing elements, by installing ULC glass break sensors and dual technology motion detectors, which uses both microwave and heat sensing technologies.
Appropriate use of glazing panels can assist in ensuring unauthorized access to your site is prevented. For example, any glazing panels used in roofing (in a greenhouse for example) should be attached directly to the roof structure in such a manner as to preventing removal from the outside. Building security can be further ensured by using appropriate electronic equipment to monitor glazing elements, including sensors that can detect breakage of glazing panels.
Mechanisms that can provide secure monitoring of glazing elements include at least one of the following: