These are the questions from the California Department of Cannabis Control’s DCC-LIC-018 Security Procedures Form that we have provided starter answers for.
1. Describe who is responsible for implementing the Security Operating Procedures and list each person’s role and responsibilities.
2. Describe how the applicant will ensure all access points will be secured, which includes a description of all entrances and exits, windows, and doorways and the types of locks used.
3.a. A list of employees who have access including their roles and responsibilities.
3.b. A description of how the applicant will ensure only authorized persons have access to the licensed premises and its limited access areas.
3.c. A description of how the applicant will maintain an accurate record of all non-employee authorized individuals allowed onsite, in conformance with section 5042 of the Bureau’s regulations.
4. Describe how the applicant will comply with the employee badge requirement in section 5043 of the Bureau’s regulations, including how the applicant will assign employee numbers and what the procedures are when an employee changes responsibility or leaves the employment of the licensee.
5.a. A description of the types of cameras and video storage equipment.
5.b. A description of the camera placements and the number of cameras to be used.
5.c. A description of the procedures for the maintenance of the video surveillance equipment.
5.d. A description of how the applicant will be notified of video surveillance system-failure of malfunction.
5.e. A description of how the video surveillance system will be monitored.
5.f. A description of how the applicant will produce copies of video recordings at the licensed premises immediately upon request of the Bureau.
5.g. A description of how the applicant will share the video surveillance system with other licensees (when sharing services at the same location), if applicable.
6. Provide information regarding the use of security personnel onsite, which includes:
6.a. Whether the security personnel will be employed by the applicant or contracted. If contracted, provide the name of the security company, license numbers, contact person, phone number of personnel that will be providing services, and a copy of the contract.
6.b. Where the security personnel will be stationed on the licensed premises and/or which areas will be covered by roving security.
6.c. The hours the security personnel will be onsite.
6.d. A description of how the applicant will share security personnel with other licensees (when sharing services at the same location), if applicable.
6.e. Will security personnel be armed or unarmed?
7. Provide a description of the security alarm system, which includes:
7.a. The name, license number, address, phone number, and contact person of the alarm company that installed, maintains, and monitors the alarm system.
7.b. How the applicant will ensure the alarm system remains operational, including the frequency of maintenance checks by the alarm company.
7.c. A description of the alarm system features, including whether it has motion detector sensors inside the premises.
7.d. A description of how the alarm will be responded to, including whether law enforcement personnel will be notified.
7.e. A description of how licensees will be sharing the alarm system with other licensees (when sharing services at the same location), if applicable.
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This Security Procedures document is for cannabis businesses applying to the California Department of Cannabis Control for an annual license. This form only has two versions – Retail (either storefront or Delivery) and all of the other license types. If you are a microbusiness, you only need one version of this form because it does not vary between license types.
Security is the number one more important thing to state regulators. They must ensure that the facility and the processes of the business are set up to avert any possibility of theft or diversion. If you think about it from their perspective, when a substance is psychoactive, keeping it safe and controlled is critical to public safety and the success of the program.
Here is a sample page from the Security Procedures Form Template (DCC-LIC-018):