Cannabis businesses in California have taken off. And more will undoubtedly start up as cannabis is predicted to be a $6.59 Billion industry by the year 2025. California’s cannabis industry policies and rules are still evolving just like with other states. There are even regulations for video surveillance of cannabis facilities. If you don’t keep up with these requirements, your cannabis business could be at risk of non-compliance.
To help we’ve provided some specifics about the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) requirements for video surveillance.
Licensed businesses and licensed microbusinesses authorized to engage in the sale of cannabis must record point-of-sale areas and areas where cannabis goods are displayed for sale on a video surveillance system. The same is true for nurseries, cultivation, transportation, distribution, manufacturing, and retail businesses.
At each point-of-sale location, camera placement must allow for the recording of the facial features of any person purchasing or selling cannabis goods, or any person in the retail area, with sufficient clarity to determine identity.
1. Areas where cannabis goods are weighed, packed, stored, loaded, and unloaded for transportation, prepared, or moved within the licensed premises;
2. Limited-access areas;
3. Security rooms;
4.Areas storing a surveillance-system storage device with at least one camera recording the access points to the secured surveillance recording area; and
5. Entrances and exits to your premises, which must be recorded from both indoor and outdoor vantage points.
You must provide a diagram that shows where all of your video surveillance cameras are located. You must also assign a number for each of your cameras for identification purposes. You are exempt from this if you have a Distributor Transport Only License.
1. You must disclose on your premises a diagram where the surveillance recordings are stored.
2. You must include in your security operating procedures (submitted with the application pursuant to Security Procedures, Form BCC-LIC-018 (New 10/18) in section 5002(c)(29)(D)) an explanation of how the video surveillance system will be shared, including who is responsible for monitoring the video footage and storing any video recordings.
3. You must have immediate access to the surveillance recordings and be able to produce them pursuant to inspection by the Bureau. They must be kept in a manner that allows the Bureau to view and obtain copies of the recordings at the licensed premises immediately upon request.
4. You will be held responsible and subject to discipline for any violations of the video surveillance requirements.
As BCC requires 24-hour video surveillance for transport of cannabis, you should also implement video surveillance in your delivery vehicles. Once your facility has a reliable video surveillance system and the proper cameras in place, it’s advised to extend video surveillance to your delivery trucks, vans, cars, etc. With this, you can ensure your product is tracked with video to ensure it’s securely transported from one location to another.
Make sure that the provider you choose for your video surveillance system understands all of these requirements so you won’t violate the BCC’s Requirements For Video Surveillance.
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