Cannabis and Surveillance

State of California CCTV Laws That Cannabis Operations Need To Know


Due to their very valuable nature, cannabis dispensaries and cultivation operations in the State of California must adhere to strict rules and requirements regarding security cameras.  Cannabis operations are required by state law to create and submit comprehensive security plans detailing how they will secure their operation. The list of mandatory security measures is lengthy

We can help you choose, supply and install cameras, recording and storage systems to meet or exceed these requirements based on your business floor plan and security needs, while encompassing all of the regulations stated below in § 5044.  Our network of skilled installation technicians will make sure your installation meets all of California’s rigid requirements.  We can offer remote hardware health monitoring and service contracts to ensure your system is running properly and in compliance, so you can focus on growing your business.

Here is a summary of the State of California Bureau of Cannabis Control Regulations –  § 5044 Video Surveillance System .

Each licensed premises must adhere to these minimum requirements.

All cameras must record at a minimum resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels at 15 frames per second (FPS).

All cameras must record 24 hours a day, every day.

Requirements for mounting all cameras in a fixed location, include placement within 20 feet of all points of entry and exit allowing for clear and certain identification of all persons and activities which shall be recorded from both indoor and outdoor vantage points in the following areas including, but not limited to:

Areas where cannabis goods are weighed, packed, stored, loaded, and unloaded for transportation, prepared, or moved, Limited-access areas; Security rooms; Point of Sale areas and surveillance-system storage device locations.

The physical media or storage device on which surveillance recordings are stored shall be secured in a manner to protect the recording from tampering or theft.

Surveillance recordings must be held in a secured area, time stamped and kept for a minimum of 90 calendar days.  All recordings are subject to immediate inspection by the Bureau to view and obtain copies upon request.

Each applicant or licensee shall include in their security operating procedures, submitted with the application pursuant to section 5002(c)(29)(D) of this division, an explanation of how the video surveillance system will be shared, including who is responsible for monitoring the video footage and storing any video recordings.

All licensees shall be held responsible and subject to discipline for any violations of the video surveillance requirements.

Some counties and cities have additional requirements that may apply to your business location.  We can help you navigate these in addition to the state regulations.

As daunting a task as this may seem, let our team of professionals handle all these rules and regulations for you so you can have the peace of mind that you are in compliance.