TRI WEST TECHNOLOGIES can help you prevent unauthorized access to property where Licensed Producers (LPs) have or will have medical marijuana present. It is also required by Health Canada that you monitor access points, the perimeter of the property and all areas where cannabis is present and record any issues that are detected.
The specific regulatory provisions from the MMPR regarding access control are as follows:
Perimeter of the Site
53 The licensed producer’s site must be designed in a manner that prevents unauthorized access.
55 The perimeter of the licensed producer’s site must be secured by means of an intrusion detection system that operates at all times and that allows for the detection of any attempted or actual unauthorized access to or movement in the site or tampering with the system.
56 (1) The intrusion detection system must be monitored at all times by personnel who must determine the appropriate steps to be taken in response to the detection of any occurrence referred to in section 54 or 55.
(2) If any such occurrence is detected, the personnel must make a record of
(a) the date and time of the occurrence; and
(b) the measures taken in response to it and the date and time when they were taken.
Areas Within a Site Where Cannabis is Present
57 (1) Access to areas within a site where cannabis is present (referred to in this section and sections 58 to 61 as those areas) must be restricted to persons whose presence in those areas is required by their work responsibilities.
62 (1) The intrusion detection system must be monitored at all times by personnel who must determine the appropriate steps to be taken in response to the detection of any occurrence referred to in section 59 or 60.
Monitoring your site’s perimeter and areas within your site where cannabis is present via an ULC intrusion detection system with personnel in a central location will allow your personnel to detect any unauthorized attempts to enter those areas; or to tamper with security equipment. Appropriately trained personnel will assist in responding to any incident involving detected unauthorized activity. When there are no responsible personnel present, a link to a monitoring station will enable notification to the appropriate personnel and law enforcement. A response plan will be designed to ensure quick action when detection has occurred.
Keeping all cameras recording 24/7, and having appropriate back-up mechanisms in place can achieve the appropriate coverage to detect illegal activity, unauthorized access and any attempts to breach the security of your site and areas within your site where cannabis is present. Back-up mechanisms must ensure that all visual recordings and records of a detected occurrence be retained for two years. These back-up mechanisms may include storing the visual recordings on multiple media devices/servers at site as required.
The effectiveness of any system is dependent on the signal reaching the individuals responsible for the monitoring of the signal and the response to its warning. Depending on how the signal is carried, tampering with the line carrying the signal may result in the signal not reaching its intended destination. An acceptable system should be able to identify, record, and notify if the lines are tampered with or if an attempt has been made. A response plan will be designed to ensure quick action when tampering occurs.
In order to comply with regulations, your security system must include visual recording devices, access control and an intrusion detection system which must operate on a continuous basis. For example, supporting your security system and all components (e.g., sensors, control units and communicators/enunciators, volumetric sensors, glass-break detectors, beam-break sensors) with an interruptible power supply sufficient for 24/7 continuous operation would effectively maintain the integrity of your security system