New York’s Cannabis Retail Dispensary Regulations, Part 2: Security and Surveillance


Welcome to Portion 2 in this sequence on New York’s cannabis retail dispensary rules, covering security. In Element 1, we protected the regulations around dispensary operations.

As we also formerly summarized, on Friday, Oct 28, 2022, the Business office of Hashish Administration (OCM) produced its “Guidance for Grownup-Use Dispensaries” (the Rules). The Regulations are promulgated to present guidance for Conditional Grownup-Use Retails Dispensary (CAURD) licensees and applicants. Very last 7 days, at a listening to with the Cannabis Control Board, it was declared that 36 CAURD applicants were granted a license.

The info contained in the Polices is a blend of substantive prerequisites, operational direction and insight into the OCM’s plans for the issuance of licenses and procedure of New York’s cannabis marketplace. As part of our series explaining and detailing the Rules, this write-up provides licensees with assistance on the protection steps and devices that ought to be operational in the premised utilized as a retail dispensary. Of program, this put up simply cannot go into each and every and each individual mundane element of the Rules. As an alternative, it must provide as a foundation for your information going ahead and as typical, we persuade you to evaluate the Restrictions and consult with an lawyer.

Stability steps

Licensees need to put into action enough protection steps to prevent diversion, theft or decline of hashish and cannabis solutions, theft or reduction of funds, stop unauthorized entrance into areas made up of cannabis or hashish products and solutions, and to guarantee the protection of the licensee’s employees and the general general public.

Per the OCM, the Licensee need to carry out and retain a protection plan which should include things like, at a bare minimum, a description of the steps a licensee will undertake to protect against unauthorized entry to the certified premises, protect the bodily protection of all persons on the premises, deter theft or loss of cannabis solutions, and avert loitering.

Throughout the style and buildout of the accredited premises, Licensees will have to guarantee that both equally the inside, and the outside the house perimeter of the premises are adequately illuminated to facilitate surveillance and the trees, bushes and other foliage exterior of the licensed premises need to be maintained in such a way as to reduce a particular person from concealing on their own from sight.

The maintenance of the outdoors foliage may well current a challenge mainly because the Licensees can not pick out their site and the foliage may belong to a further entity or town/town/condition that prohibits the Licensee from eliminating or modifying these kinds of foliage. Observe for some intriguing problems here.

Protection technique

Licensees are also necessary to have a security system at the dispensary that utilizes commercial grade machines to prevent and detect diversion, theft, or decline. The procedure, at a minimal, must include a perimeter alarm that communicates with an inner designee and a third-celebration industrial central monitoring station when intrusion is detected and distinct movie camera surveillance and technological know-how. The security alarms and video clip surveillance method must be capable to remain operational all through a power outage for a minimal of eight hours.

The Licensee will have to maintain video clip camera surveillance in all places that might contain hashish merchandise, at all factors of entry and exit, and in any parking whole lot. Movie camera surveillance shall satisfy, at a minimum the next extra requirements:

  1. Online video cameras shall have the capability to straight away make a obvious coloration even now image from any camera image (live or recorded)
  2. Video recordings shall let for the exporting of still visuals in an field normal graphic format (together with .jpeg, .bmp, and .gif)
  3. Movie cameras shall contain a date and time stamp embedded on all recordings.
  4. Online video cameras shall develop continuous recordings in the course of several hours of operation and at any time that hashish products and solutions are dealt with, and motion activated recordings at all other moments
  5. The Licensee shall make accessible via distant accessibility or login credentials for quick viewing by the OCM or the OCM authorized consultant upon ask for
  6. All recordings shall be retained for at least 60 days
  7. Licensees shall make an unaltered copy of online video digital camera recording(s) to the Office upon ask for and
  8. If a Licensee is conscious of a pending criminal, civil or administrative investigation or authorized proceeding for which a recording could have relevant facts, the Licensee shall retain an unaltered copy of the recording until the investigation or proceeding is shut or the entity conducting the investigation or continuing notifies the licensee that it is not important to keep the recording.

What’s up coming

Stay tuned for upcoming posts in this sequence. And be confident to be part of us on December 7 when we host a cost-free webinar on the CAURD tips, and what each and every applicant and licensee wants to know.