Created to provide helpful information about the Michigan cannabis industry


Please note; while we aim to keep this pages fully up to date with the latest information, cannabis laws are always changing. We encourage you to verify these rules and regulations in the official legal text, which we’ve linked throughout the page for your convenience.

For compliance requirements related to cannabis seed to sale tracking and reporting for growers, manufacturers, and dispensaries in Michigan click here!


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Michigan Cannabis Business Security Requirements

*Please note that this section encompasses only the compliance requirements relevant to business security. Many parts of the rules and regulation shave been removed to focus exclusively on the security compliance aspects. To view the full set of rules and regulations for Michigan, click here!

Michigan Business Security Requirements for Cannabis Licenses

You can view the program webpage here.

Recreational Marihuana Regulations

For the text of the recreational marihuana regulations, click here.

333.27958 Rules; limitations.

  • (f) security requirements, including lighting, physical security, and alarm requirements, and requirements for securely transporting marihuana between marihuana establishments, provided that such requirements do not prohibit cultivation of marihuana outdoors or in greenhouses;

333.27961 Marihuana establishments; requirements; limitations.

  • (c) A marihuana establishment shall secure every entrance to the establishment so that access to areas containing marihuana is restricted to employees and other persons permitted by the marihuana establishment to access the area and to agents of the department or state and local law enforcement officers and emergency personnel and shall secure its inventory and equipment during and after operating hours to deter and prevent theft of marihuana and marihuana accessories.

Medical Marihuana Regulations

For the text of the medical marihuana regulations, click here.

R 333.209 Marihuana facility plan.

Rule 9.

  • (1) An applicant shall submit a marihuana facility plan for the proposed
    marihuana facility as required in R 333.207 and upon request by the department. Upon the request of the department, an applicant or licensee may be required to submit a revised marihuana facility plan.
  • (2) The marihuana facility plan must include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
    • (j) A proposed security plan that demonstrates the proposed marihuana facility meets the security requirements specified in R 333.235.

R 333.216 Notifications of diversion, theft, loss, or criminal activity pertaining to
marihuana product.

Rule 16.

  • (1) A licensee and an applicant shall notify the department, state police, and local law enforcement authorities within 24 hours of becoming aware of or should have been aware of the theft or loss of any marihuana product or criminal activity at the marihuana facility.
  • (2) Failure to notify as required under subrule (1) of this rule may result in sanctions or fines, or both.

R 333.233 Marihuana facilities; requirements.

Rule 33.

  • (1) A grower shall operate a marihuana facility under either of the following Conditions:
    • (a) The marihuana facility operations are within a building that meets the security
      requirements and passes the inspections in these rules and has a building permit pursuant to R 333.234 and these rules.

      • (iii) The building meets the security requirements and passes the inspections in these rules and has a building permit pursuant to R 333.234 and these rules.
  • (2) A secure transporter shall have a primary place of business as its marihuana facility that is operating in a municipality that has adopted an ordinance that meets the requirements of section 205 of the act, MCL 333.27205, and these rules and its marihuana facility must comply with the requirements prescribed by the act and these rules. A secure transporter shall hold a separate license for every marihuana facility location where a 17 marihuana product is stored. A secure transporter may travel through any municipality to transport a marihuana product. A secure transporter shall comply with all of the following:
    • (a) The secure transporter may take physical custody of the marihuana or money but legal custody belongs to the transferor or transferee.
    • (b) A secure transporter shall not sell or purchase marihuana products.
    • (c) A secure transporter shall transport any marihuana product in a locked, secured, and sealed container that is not accessible while in transit. The container must be secured by a locked closed lid or door. A secure transporter of marihuana product from separate marihuana facilities shall not comingle the marihuana product. All marihuana products must be labeled in accordance with these rules and kept in separate compartments or containers within the main locked, secured, and sealed container. If the secure transporter transports money associated with the purchase or sale of marihuana product between facilities, the secure transporter shall lock the money in a sealed container kept separate from the marihuana product and only accessible to the licensee and its employees.
    • (d) A secure transporter shall log and track all handling of money associated with the purchase or sale of marihuana between facilities. These records must be maintained and made available to the department upon request.
    • (e) A secure transporter shall have a route plan and manifest available for inspection by the department through its investigators, agents, auditors, or the state police to determine compliance with the act and these rules. A copy of the route plan and manifest must be carried with the secure transporter during transport between marihuana facilities. A secure transporter is subject to administrative inspection by a law enforcement officer at any point during the transportation of marihuana product pursuant to the act or these rules. A secure transporter shall carry a copy of a route plan and manifest in the transporting vehicle and shall present them to a law enforcement officer upon request.
    • (f) A secure transporter shall follow the manifest. In cases of emergencies, the secure transporter shall notify the transferor and transferee, update the statewide monitoring system, and revise the manifest to reflect the unexpected change to the original manifest.
    • (g) The timeframe for the secure transporter to maintain custody of the marihuana product must not be more than 48 hours or by permission of the department on a case-by case basis.
    • (h) A secure transporter shall identify and record all vehicles with the department and have the required vehicle registration with the secretary of state as required under state law. A secure transporter’s vehicles are subject to inspection at any time by the department, through its investigators, agents, auditors, or the state police to determine compliance with the act or these rules.

R 333.235 Security measures; required plan; video surveillance system.
Rule 35.

  • (1) An applicant for a license to operate a proposed marihuana facility shall submit a security plan that demonstrates, at a minimum, the ability to meet the requirements of this rule.
  • (2) A licensee shall ensure that any person at the marihuana facility, except for employees of the licensee, are escorted at all times by the licensee or an employee of the licensee when in the limited-access areas at the marihuana facility.
  • (3) A licensee shall securely lock the marihuana facility, including all interior rooms, windows, and points of entry and exits, with commercial-grade, nonresidential door locks. Locks on doors that are required for egress shall meet the requirements of NFPA 1, local fire codes, and the Michigan building code.
  • (4) A licensee shall maintain an alarm system at the marihuana facility. Upon request, a licensee shall make available to the department all information related to the alarm system, monitoring, and alarm activity.
  • (5) A licensee shall have a video surveillance system that, at a minimum, consists of digital or network video recorders, cameras capable of meeting the recording requirements in this rule, video monitors, digital archiving devices, and a color printer capable of delivering still photos.
  • (6) A licensee shall ensure the video surveillance system does all the following:
    • (a) Records, at a minimum, the following areas:
      • (i) Any areas where marihuana products are weighed, packed, stored, loaded, and unloaded for transportation, prepared, or moved within the marihuana facility.
      • (ii) Limited-access areas and security rooms. Transfers between rooms must be Recorded.
      • (iii) Areas storing a surveillance system storage device with not less than 1 camera recording the access points to the secured surveillance recording area.
      • (iv) The entrances and exits to the building must be recorded from both indoor and outdoor vantage points. The areas of entrance and exit between marihuana facilities at the same location if applicable, including any transfers between marihuana facilities.
      • (v) Point of sale areas where marihuana products are sold and displayed for sale.
    • (b) Records at all times images effectively and efficiently of the area under surveillance with a minimum of 720p resolution. 
  • (7) A licensee shall install each camera so that it is permanently mounted and in a fixed location. Each camera must 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 marihuana facility and allows for the clear and certain identification of any person, including facial features, and activities, including sales or transfers, in all areas required to be recorded under these Rules.
  • (8) A licensee shall have cameras that record continuously 24 hours per day and recorded images must clearly and accurately display the time and date.
  • (9) A licensee shall secure the physical media or storage device on which surveillance recordings are stored in a manner to protect the recording from tampering or theft.
  • (10) A licensee shall keep surveillance recordings for a minimum of 30 days, except in instances of investigation or inspection by the department, through its investigators, agents, auditors, or the state police, in which case the licensee shall retain the recordings until the time as the department notifies the licensee that the recordings may be destroyed.
  • (11) Surveillance recordings of the licensee are subject to inspection by the department, through its investigators, agents, auditors, or the state police, and must be kept in a manner that allows the department to view and obtain copies of the recordings at the marihuana facility immediately upon request. The licensee shall also send or otherwise provide copies of the recordings to the department upon request within the time specified by the Department.
  • (12) A licensee shall maintain a video surveillance system 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.
  • (13) A licensee shall maintain a log of the recordings, which includes all of the Following:
    • (a) The identities of the employee or employees responsible for monitoring the video surveillance system.
    • (b) The identity of the employee who removed the recording from the video surveillance system storage device and the time and date removed.
    • (c) The identity of the employee who destroyed any recording.

R 333.238 Storage of marihuana product.
Rule 38.

  • (1) All inventories of marihuana products must be stored at a marihuana facility in a secured limited access area or restricted access area and must be identified and tracked consistently in the statewide monitoring system under the act, the marihuana tracking act, or these rules.
  • (2) All containers used to store marihuana products for transfer or sale between marihuana facilities must be clearly marked, labeled, or tagged, if applicable, and enclosed on all sides in secured containers. The secured containers must be latched or locked in a manner to keep all contents secured within. Each secured container must be identified and tracked in accordance with the act, the marihuana tracking act, and these rules.
  • (8) A licensee shall ensure that any stock or storage room meets the security requirements of these rules and any other applicable requirements in the act and these rules.

R 333.281 Employees; requirements.

  • (d) Train employees and have an employee training manual that includes, but is not limited to, employee safety procedures, employee guidelines, security protocol, and educational training, including, but not limited to, marihuana product information, dosage and purchasing limits if applicable, or educational materials.

You can view the program webpage here.

*Please note that this section encompasses only the compliance requirements relevant to business security. Many parts of the rules and regulation shave been removed to focus exclusively on the security compliance aspects. To view the full set of rules and regulations for Michigan, click here!

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Our top priority is making sure your staff, your business, and your investment, are safe and secure. We provide cost-effective solutions to satisfy every    compliance requirement in your state as well as end-to-end expert security consultation, and of course, development and implementation of services.

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