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State Agency

Bureau of Cannabis Control
Physical Address:
2920 Kilgore Road
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Mailing Address:
PO Box 419106
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-9106

Phone: (833) 768-5880
[email protected]

 

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Security Requirements

Authority: Section 26013, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 26030 and 26031, Business and Professions Code. § 5036. Notification of Theft, Loss, and Criminal Activity

A licensee shall notify the Bureau and local law enforcement within 24 hours of discovery of any of the following situations: (1) The licensee discovers a significant discrepancy, as defined in section 5034 of this division, in its inventory. (2) The licensee discovers diversion, theft, loss, or any other criminal activity pertaining to the operations of the licensee. (3) The licensee discovers diversion, theft, loss, or any other criminal activity by an agent or employee of the licensee pertaining to the operations of the licensee. (4) The licensee discovers loss or unauthorized alteration of records related to cannabis goods, customers, or the licensee’s employees or agents. (5) The licensee discovers any other breach of security. (b) The notification to the Bureau pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be in writing and include the date and time of occurrence of the theft, loss, or criminal activity, the name of the local law enforcement agency that was notified, and a description of the incident including, where applicable, the item(s) that were taken or lost.

 

Bureau of Cannabis Control Emergency Regulations Readopt Text – Readopt June 2018 Page 33 of 120 Authority: Section 26013, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 26151 and 26152, Business and Professions Code. Article 5. Security Measures § 5042. Limited-Access Areas (a) Licensees shall ensure that any person on the licensed premises, except for employees and contractors of the licensee, are escorted at all times by the licensee or at least one employee of the licensee when in the limited-access areas of the premises. (b) Entrances to all limited-access areas shall have a door and a lock meeting the requirements of section 5046 of this division. The door shall remain closed when not in use during regular business hours. Authority: Section 26013, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 26070, Business and Professions Code. § 5043. Licensee Employee Badge Requirement All agents, officers, or other persons acting for or employed by a licensee shall display a laminated or plastic-coated identification badge issued by the licensee at all times while engaging in commercial cannabis activity. The identification badge shall, at a minimum, include the licensee’s “doing business as” name and license number, the employee’s first name, an employee number exclusively assigned to that employee for identification purposes, and a color photograph of the employee that clearly shows the full front of the employee’s face and that is at least 1 inch in width and 1.5 inches in height. Authority: Section 26013, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 26070, Business and Professions Code. § 5044. Video Surveillance System (a) Each licensed premises shall have a digital video surveillance system with a minimum camera resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels. (b) The surveillance-system storage device or the cameras shall be transmission control protocol (TCP) capable of being accessed through the internet. (c) The video surveillance system shall at all times be able to effectively and clearly record images of the area under surveillance. (d) Each camera shall be permanently mounted and in a fixed location. Each camera shall be placed in a location that allows the camera to clearly record activity occurring within 20 feet of all points of entry and exit on the licensed premises, and allows for the clear and certain identification of any person and activities in all areas required to be filmed under subsection (e). (e) Areas that shall be recorded on the video surveillance system include the following: Bureau of Cannabis Control Emergency Regulations Readopt Text – Readopt June 2018 Page 34 of 120 (1) Areas where cannabis goods are weighed, packed, stored, loaded, and unloaded for transportation, prepared, or moved within the 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 the premises, which shall be recorded from both indoor and outdoor vantage points. (f) Retailers shall also record point-of-sale areas and areas where cannabis goods are displayed for sale on the video surveillance system. 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. (g) Cameras shall record continuously 24 hours per day and at a minimum of 15 frames per second (FPS). (h) The physical media or storage device on which surveillance recordings are stored shall be secured in a manner to protect the recording from tampering or theft. (i) Surveillance recordings shall be kept for a minimum of 90 days. (j) Surveillance recordings are subject to inspection by the Bureau, and shall be kept in a manner that allows the Bureau to view and obtain copies of the recordings at the licensed premises immediately upon request. The licensee shall also send or otherwise provide copies of the recordings to the Bureau upon request within the time specified by the Bureau. (k) Recorded images shall clearly and accurately display the time and date. Time is to be measured in accordance with the United States National Institute Standards and Technology standards. (l) The video surveillance system shall be equipped with a failure notification system that provides notification to the licensee of any interruption or failure of the video surveillance system or video surveillance-system storage device. (m) If multiple premises are contained within the same building, a single video surveillance system covering the entire building may be used by all of the licensees under the following conditions: (1) Each applicant or licensee shall disclose on their premises diagram where the surveillance recordings are stored. (2) Each applicant or licensee shall include in their security operating procedures, submitted with the application pursuant to section 5002(c)(29)(D) of this division, 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. Bureau of Cannabis Control Emergency Regulations Readopt Text – Readopt June 2018 Page 35 of 120 (3) All licensees shall have immediate access to the surveillance recordings to produce them pursuant to subsection (j) of this section. (4) All licensees shall be held responsible and subject to discipline for any violations of the video surveillance requirements. Authority: Section 26013, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 26070, Business and Professions Code. § 5045. Security Personnel (a) A retail licensee or microbusiness licensee who is engaged in retail sale shall hire or contract for security personnel who are at least 21 years of age to provide security services for the licensed retail premises. All security personnel hired or contracted for by the licensee shall be licensed by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services and shall comply with Chapters 11.4 and 11.5 of Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code. (b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), a non-storefront retailer is not required to hire or contract for security personnel. (c) If multiple premises are contained within the same building, security personnel may be shared by all of the licensees to cover the entire building under the following conditions: (1) Each licensee shall include in their security operating procedures, submitted with the application pursuant to section 5002(c)(29)(D) of this division, an explanation of how security personnel will be shared, including who is responsible for employing or contracting the security personnel. (2) All licensees shall be held responsible and subject to discipline for any violations of the security personnel requirements. Authority: Section 26013, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 26070, Business and Professions Code. § 5046. Locks A licensee shall ensure that the limited-access areas described in section 5042 of this division can be securely locked using commercial-grade, nonresidential door locks. A licensee shall also use commercial-grade, nonresidential door locks on all points of entry and exit to the licensed premises. Authority: Section 26013, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 26070, Business and Professions Code. § 5047. Alarm System (a) A licensee shall maintain an alarm system as defined in Business and Professions Code section 7590.1(n) at the licensed premises. (b) A licensee shall ensure a licensed alarm company operator or one or more of its registered alarm agents installs, maintains, monitors, and responds to the alarm system. Bureau of Cannabis Control Emergency Regulations Readopt Text – Readopt June 2018 Page 36 of 120 (c) Upon request, a licensee shall make available to the Bureau all information related to the alarm system, monitoring, and alarm activity. (d) If multiple premises are contained within the same building, a single alarm system covering the entire building may be used by all of the licensees under the following conditions: (1) Each licensee shall include in their security operating procedures, submitted with the application pursuant to section 5002(c)(29)(D) of this division, an explanation of how the alarm system will be shared, including who is responsible for contracting with the alarm company. (2) All licensees shall have access to and be able to provide the information under subsection (c) of this section. (3) All licensees shall be held responsible and subject to discipline for any violations of the alarm system requirements.

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