MISSOURI CANNABIS BUSINESS SECURITY
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MISSOURI CANNABIS LICENSE INFO

Please note; while we aim to keep these 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 Missouri, click here!

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Missouri 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 Missouri, click here!

Missouri Business Security Requirements for Cannabis Licensees

You can view the program webpage here.

  • (4) Facility Operation, Policies, and Procedures
    • 1. Facilities shall install and maintain security equipment designed to prevent unauthorized entrance into limited access areas and to prevent diversion and inversion of medical marijuana including:
      • A. Devices or a series of devices to detect unauthorized intrusion, which may include a signal system interconnected with a radio frequency method, such as cellular or private radio signals, or other mechanical or electronic devices;
      • B. Exterior lighting to facilitate surveillance, which shall cover the exterior and perimeter of the facility. In the case of outdoor cultivation, when the lighting would not interfere with the growing cycle of a crop, the lighting shall cover the entirety of the cultivation area and the  perimeter and exterior area of the facility; when the lighting would interfere with the growing cycle of a crop, the lighting shall cover the perimeter and exterior area of the facility;
      • C. Electronic video monitoring, including—
        • (I) At least one (1) call-up monitor that is nineteen (19) inches or more;
        • (II) A printer capable of immediately producing a clear still photo from any video camera image;
        • (III) Video cameras with a recording resolution of at least 1920 x 1080, or the equivalent, at a rate of at least fifteen (15) frames per second, that operate in such a way as to allow identification of people and activities in the monitored space, in all lighting levels, that are capable of being accessed remotely by the department or a law enforcement agency in real time upon request, and that provide coverage of—
          • (a) All entrances and exits of the facility, including windows, and all entrances and exits from limited access areas;
          • (b) The perimeter and exterior areas of the facility, including the entirety of any outdoor cultivation;
          • (c) Each point-of-sale location;
          • (d) All vaults or safes; and
          • (e) All medical marijuana, from at least two (2) angles, where it is cultivated, cured, trimmed, processed, rendered unusable, and disposed;
        • (IV) A method for storing recordings from the video cameras for at least six (6) months in a secure on-site or off-site location or through a service or network that provides on-demand access to the recordings and that allows for providing copies of the recordings to the department upon request and at the expense of the facility;
        • (V) A failure notification system that provides an audible and visual notification of any failure in the electronic monitoring system; and
        • (VI) Sufficient battery backup for video cameras and recording equipment to support at least sixty (60) minutes of recording in the event of a power outage;
      • D. Controlled entry to limited access areas, which shall be controlled by electronic card access systems, biometric identification systems, or other equivalent means, except that, in addition to these means, all external access doors shall be equipped with a locking mechanism that may be used in case of power failure. Access information shall be recorded, and all records of entry shall be maintained for at least one (1) year;
      • E. A method of immediate, automatic notification to alert local law enforcement agencies of an unauthorized breach of security at the facility; and
      • F. Manual, silent alarms at each point-of-sale, reception area, vault, and electronic monitoring station with capability of alerting local law enforcement agencies immediately of an unauthorized breach of security at the facility.
    • 2. Facilities shall establish policies and procedures:
      • A. For restricting access to the areas of the facility that contain medical marijuana to only persons authorized to be in those areas, which shall include, when necessary for business purposes, contractors hired for no more than fourteen (14) days and other visitors, all of which may enter the restricted area if they sign in and sign out of a visitor log and are escorted at all times by facility agents in a ratio of no less than one (1) facility agent per five (5) visitors;
      • B. For identifying persons authorized to be in the areas of the facility that contain medical marijuana;
      • C. For identifying facility agents responsible for inventory control activities;
      • D. For limiting the amount of money available in any retail areas of the facility and for notifying the public that there is a minimal amount of money available, including by posting of a sign;
      • E. For electronic monitoring;
      • F. For the use of the automatic or electronic notification and manual, silent alarms to alert local law enforcement agencies of an unauthorized breach of security at the facility, including designation of on-call facility personnel to respond to, and to be available to law enforcement personnel who respond to, any alarms; and
      • G. For keeping local law enforcement updated on whether the facility employs armed security personnel and how law enforcement can identify such personnel on sight.
    • 3. Facilities with outdoor cultivation shall construct an exterior barrier around the perimeter of the marijuana cultivation area that consists of a fence that is:
      • A. Constructed of six gauge metal or higher chain link;
      • B. Topped with razor wire or similar security wire;
      • C. At least eight (8) feet in height; and
      • D. Screened such that the cultivation area is not easily viewed from outside the fence;
    • 4. Facilities with windows in a limited access area must ensure either that the window cannot be opened and is designed to prevent intrusion or that the window is otherwise inaccessible from the outside.
    • 5. Facilities shall ensure that each video camera used pursuant to this section:
      • A. Includes a date and time generator which possesses the capability to accurately display the date and time of recorded events on the recording in a manner that does not significantly obstruct the recorded view; and
      • B. Is installed in a manner that will prevent the video camera from being readily obstructed, tampered with, or disabled;
    • 6. A facility shall make a reasonable effort to repair any malfunction of security equipment within seventy-two (72) hours after the malfunction is discovered. A facility shall notify the department within twenty-four (24) hours after a malfunction is discovered and provide a plan of correction.
      • A. If a video camera used pursuant this section malfunctions, the facility shall immediately provide alternative video camera coverage or use other security measures until video camera coverage can be restored, such as assigning additional supervisory or security personnel, to provide for the security of the facility. If the facility uses other security measures, the facility must immediately notify the department, and the department will determine whether the other security measures are adequate and for what amount of time those other security measures will be acceptable.
      • B. Each facility shall maintain a log that documents each malfunction and repair of the security equipment of the facility. The log must state the date, time, and nature of each malfunction; the efforts taken to repair the malfunction and the date of each effort; the reason for any delay in repairing the malfunction; the date the malfunction is repaired and; if applicable, any alternative security measures that were taken. The log must also list, by date and time, all communications with the department concerning each malfunction and corrective action. The facility shall maintain the log for at least one (1) year after the date of last entry in the log;
    • 7. Each facility shall employ a security manager who shall be responsible for:
      • A. Conducting a semiannual audit of security measures to ensure compliance with this subsection and to identify potential security issues;
      • B. Training employees on security measures, emergency response, and theft prevention and response within one (1) week of hiring and on an annual basis;
      • C. Evaluating the credentials of any contractors who intend to provide services to the facility before the contractor is hired by or enters into a contract with the facility; and
      • D. Evaluating the credentials of any third party who intends to provide security to the facility before the third party is hired by or enters into a contract with the facility;
    • 8. Each facility shall ensure that the security manager of the facility, any facility agents who provide security for the facility, and the employees of any third party who provides security to the facility have completed the following training:
      • A. Training in theft prevention or a related subject;
      • B. Training in emergency response or a related subject;
      • C. Training in the appropriate use of force or a related subject that covers when the use of force is and is not necessary;
      • D. Training in the protection of a crime scene or a related subject;
      • E. Training in the control of access to protected areas of a facility or a related subject;
      • F. Not less than eight (8) hours of training at the facility in providing security services; and
      • G. Not less than eight (8) hours of classroom training in providing security services
  • (F) Testing facilities shall install and maintain security equipment designed to prevent unauthorized entrance into limited access areas, which shall include any area where medical marijuana is tested, stored, or disposed, and to prevent diversion and inversion of medical marijuana including:
    • 1. Devices or a series of devices to detect unauthorized intrusion, which may include a signal system interconnected with a radio frequency method, such as cellular or private radio signals, or other mechanical or electronic devices;
    • 2. Electronic monitoring, including—
      • A. At least one (1) call-up monitor that is nineteen (19) inches or more;
      • B. A printer capable of immediately producing a clear still photo from any video camera image;
      • C. Video cameras with a recording resolution of at least 1920 x 1080, or the equivalent, at a rate of at least fifteen (15) frames per second, that operate in such a way as to allow identification of people and activities in the monitored space, and that provide coverage of—
        • (I) All entrances and exits from limited access areas, including windows; and
        • (II) All areas in which medical marijuana is tested, stored, or disposed, from at least two (2) angles;
      • D. A method for storing recordings from the video cameras for at least six (6) months in a secure on-site or off-site location or through a service or network that provides on-demand access to the recordings and that allows for providing copies of the recordings to the department upon request and at the expense of the facility;
      • E. A failure notification system that provides an audible and visual notification of any failure in the electronic monitoring system; and
      • F. Sufficient battery backup for video cameras and recording equipment to support at least sixty (60) minutes of recording in the event of a power outage;
    • 3. Controlled entry to limited access areas, which shall be controlled by electronic card access systems, biometric identification systems, or other equivalent means. Access information shall be recorded, and all records of entry to limited access areas shall be maintained for at least one (1) year.

Missouri is still in the process of finalizing all rules and regulations pertaining to medical marijuana. If you have any questions pertaining to the application process for Missouri or security requirements feel free to reach out to us by clicking 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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The most-cost effective approach to 24/7 active monitoring of your legal cannabis business.

Remote monitoring provides live, eyes-on guards monitoring your business security camera systems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our guards will activate timely response times and ensure your business is secure, especially when you can’t be there.

At Helix Cannabis Security, we consider it a cannabis security best practice to have guards on-site at your facility at all times that people are present. If people are not present on the premise, there’s no need to risk the safety of a security guard. Remote monitoring provides the same, high-level attention and security, without risking a guards life, or incurring unnecessary costs.

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