Security Plans For Marijuana Stores, Grow Facilities And Processors

A security plan is important for your Cannabis facility for a few reasons. First, it’s required when you are applying for a business license for your facility, because your facility must meet the minimum requirements of city or local law enforcement.

In addition, a security plan helps you think through the security risks related to your operation, and take proper precautions to discourage illegal activity – ranging from loitering and vandalism to employee theft, burglary and even armed robbery.

At First Security Services, our team of consultants can help you craft a security plan for a marijuana facility of any size. From a small, local dispensary to a large, multi-unit Cannabis grow facility or processing facility, no project is too big or too small.

We operate in every major city in California, and are familiar with local and municipal laws related to Cannabis security. With our assistance, you can build a security plan that will satisfy all local government agencies, and ensure the safety of your facility. Learn more below.

What Does A Cannabis Security Plan Look Like For My Business?

Wondering what issues need to be addressed in a Cannabis security plan? A properly-crafted Cannabis security plan outlines every aspect of security at your business – from information about your location to operational procedures, employee safety, security equipment and more. Let’s take a look at each major component of a Cannabis security plan now.

1. Facility Information

In this section of a security plan, each individual aspect of your facility’s location and features is logged and recorded, to put together a comprehensive overview of potential access points and security threats. This usually includes things like:

  • The location of the business – Is the facility located in a high-crime area? Where are the nearest roads and access points? Is there a lot of foot traffic?
  • Overview of exterior surroundings – The exterior of your building must be assessed, and the surrounding buildings and areas must be surveyed to understand potential risks and threats.
  • Parking lot – Parking lot size, type, lighting, and monitoring are critical aspects of premises security.
  • Points of entry, exit – The total number of access points and methods of entry must be logged and recorded.
  • Windows – Windows will be assessed for size, ease of entry/exit, strength, location, and whether or not they can be opened.
  • Interior overview – An overview of the interior layout is key for identifying potential security threats, and preventing unauthorized access to employee-only or otherwise sensitive locations

A thorough, comprehensive facility overview will ensure that any potential threats can be prevented, and that the building is as safe and secure as possible at all times.

2. Operational Procedures

It’s important to include information about the facility’s standard operating procedures as part of the security plan. It typically includes things like:

  • Policies about non-employees entering restricted areas – There must be policies and safeguards in place to keep non-employees away from restricted-access areas.
  • Procedures for opening, closing the facility – All of the procedures that must be taken to open the facility for business and close it down securely must be noted and listed, and examined for potential security vulnerabilities.
  • Hours of operation – The hours of operation and when your facility will be staffed must also be included in your security plan.
  • Violence and sexual harassment policies – Proper procedures and policies must be in place for dealing with threats of violence and sexual harassment at the workplace, and how/when authorities will be contacted.
  • Investigation policies – Policies outlining the investigative response that your facility will take to security threats or criminal activity are typically included in your security plan.

Great security starts with proper operational procedures, and a safety-focused attitude, so it’s important to include all relevant information about your procedures in your plan.

3. Safety And Emergencies

You must note the proper procedures and policies for dealing with emergency situations, such as:

  • Intoxication/drug use – You must have procedures in place that reflect local law enforcement policies related to excessive intoxication or drug use, and ensure that any persons who are intoxicated or using drugs are removed from your premises.
  • Theft – This typically includes an overview of how to deal with employee and customer theft, and the actions that must be taken when theft is noticed, or a thief is caught in an attempt to steal from your facility.
  • Robbery or assault – An emergency action plan (EAP) to contact law enforcement in the event of a serious incident like a robbery or violent assault must be included in your security plan.
  • Disasters and emergencies – Beyond security threats, your facility must also have proper plans in place to respond including fire, earthquakes and tornadoes, medical emergencies/injuries, and workplace accidents.

By allowing for all potential emergency events and having a policy in place to deal with each one, you can ensure a rapid response from the relevant authorities.

4. Security Ordinance And Personnel

This is one of the most important parts of your security plan. It will outline all of the steps you have taken to secure your facilities. This can include things like:

  • Security cameras and monitoring systems
  • Alarms and intrusion detection systems
  • Entry prevention systems (locks, access control)
  • Transportation security
  • Licensed security Officers and guards
  • Signage to indicate restricted areas
  • Odor control precautions and methods
  • Records and reporting information
  • Product and asset storage solutions (locked cases, safes for cash, etc.)

During the development of your security plan, the team at First Security Services can help you design a security system that uses top-of-the-line equipment and best practices to secure your facility from theft and other security threats.

5. Diagrams Of Security Systems

Typically, you will want to include an overview of any and all security systems that are included in your facility. Depending on your security plan, this could include:

  • Video monitoring systems including exterior and interior cameras
  • Intrusion detection systems (IDS alarms), if present
  • Access control systems (master key systems, locks, etc.)
  • Safes and other secure storage areas that contain sensitive assets or material

This allows for an at-a-glance overview of your major security systems, and also allows you to identify potential areas of improvement, such as security cameras that may be easy to access or destroy from the ground level.

Contact First Security Services For More Information – And Build Your Security Plan

  • Developing a security plan is the best way to ensure that your facility is protected from theft, robbery and other potential security threats, and it’s required by most California cities when applying for a business license.
  • So don't try to go it alone. First Security Services can help you design and implement a security plan which will address all major points of vulnerability. To learn more, contact us online for a consultation.