Cannabis is a developing industry in NJ and one that will generate a huge amount of revenue. Of course, you’ll need to protect your business from theft, damage, and loss but you must also be in strict compliance with NJ state code for cannabis facility security. NJ Code (17:30-9.10*) requires every cannabis business to have a full security plan in place whether it be for a growing facility, a retail site or warehouse.
Access Control Security is at the top of the list. An Access system provides control over who can enter the facility or areas within it. Storage of the product must also be under restricted access. Only with assigned proper credentials via a key card can an individual enter an area, whether interior or exterior.
Another important security piece is Video Surveillance. As a cannabis business owner in NJ, state code requires your operation to be under 24 hour video surveillance with certified 24 hour monitoring. Installing high quality cameras with good sound and monitoring is the best way to adhere to regulations while also preventing theft. Integrating your access control and camera system will provide additional compliance and safety along with remote access logs and visual reporting for your record keeping.
Monitoring doesn’t stop at theft prevention. Environmental monitoring is key in growing facilities. You want to keep many factors balanced, like temperature, PH levels, humidity and CO2 levels. Any change in the environment sends an alert to notify you. Additionally, a Fire Alarm system with monitoring, smoke detection, CO2 detection and a sprinkler system will complete the perfect security solution for your business.
You want to work with a cannabis security company that can integrate all the security pieces required to keep your employees and operation safe and also provides the system testing and inspection services required by law. Choose a security integrator who understands NJ Cannabis laws and building codes and one that can design a custom integrated security solution unique to your cannabis facility in NJ.
*N.J. Admin. Code § 17:30-9.10
Section 17:30-9.10 – Security
(a) Each cannabis business shall provide effective controls and procedures to guard against unauthorized access to the premises or the business’s electronic systems, theft, and diversion of cannabis. Such controls may include, but are not limited to, systems to protect against electronic records tampering.
(b) At a minimum, each cannabis business shall:
1. Install, maintain in good working order, and operate a safety and security alarm system at its premises that will provide suitable protection against theft and diversion and that provides, at a minimum:
i. Immediate automatic or electronic notification to alert cannabis business personnel and State or local police agencies to an unauthorized breach of security or an alarm or system failure at the cannabis business; and
ii. A backup system that activates immediately and automatically upon a loss of electrical support and that immediately issues either automatic or electronic notification to State or local police agencies of the loss of electrical support;
2. Implement appropriate security and safety measures to deter and prevent the unauthorized entrance into areas containing cannabis and the theft of cannabis;
3. Implement security measures that protect the premises, consumers, and cannabis business personnel;
4. Establish a protocol for testing and maintenance of the security alarm system;
5. Conduct maintenance inspections and tests of the security alarm system at the cannabis business’s authorized location at intervals not to exceed 30 days from the previous inspection and test and promptly implement all necessary repairs to ensure the proper operation of the alarm system;
6. In the event of a failure of the security alarm system due to a loss of electrical support or mechanical malfunction that is expected to last longer than eight hours:
i. Notify the Commission pursuant to N.J.A.C. 17:30-9.11; and
ii. Provide alternative security measures approved by the Commission or close the authorized physical addresses impacted by the failure or malfunction until the security alarm system is restored to full operation;
7. Keep access from outside the premises to a minimum and ensure that access is well controlled;
8. Limit entry into areas where cannabis is held to authorized personnel; and
9. Equip interior and exterior premises with electronic monitoring, video cameras, and panic buttons.
i. A video surveillance system shall be installed and operated to clearly monitor all critical control activities of the cannabis business and shall be in working order and operating at all times. The cannabis business shall provide access for remote viewing by the Commission. This system shall be approved by the Commission prior to license issuance.
ii. The original tapes or digital pictures produced by this system shall be stored in a safe place with a 30-day archive;
10. Keep the outside areas of the premises and its perimeter well-lighted.
i. Exterior lighting must be sufficient to deter nuisance and criminal activity and facilitate surveillance and must make reasonable efforts to not disturb surrounding businesses or neighbors; and
ii. The video surveillance system shall be supported by adequate security lighting, which shall illuminate all entrances and exits, and which may be modified, as necessary, to include motion control sensors to protect cultivation light-dark cycles, as applicable; and
11. Provide law enforcement and neighbors within 100 feet of the cannabis business with
the name and phone number of a staff member to notify during and after operating hours to whom they can report problems with the establishment.
(c) The security alarm system and video surveillance system pursuant to (b) above shall be continuously monitored, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
1. Monitoring of the security alarm system and video surveillance system may be conducted off-site.
N.J. Admin. Code § 17:30-9.10
Adopted by 53 N.J.R. 1583(a), effective 8/19/2021
Learn more – https://www.nj.gov/cannabis