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Cannabis Security Requirements: North Dakota

DEM360 has planned and implemented systems in the following cities in the state of North Dakota:

  • Bismarck
  • Williston

Total Facilities in ND under DEM360 Cannabis Security Planning: 2

DEM360 has created a summarized finding of the state regulations for North Dakota’s specific to the security requirements. The main focus of each security summary emphasizes access control, alarm system requirements, and video surveillance. This is not the entirety of the state requirements. To review your specific states requirements, please visit or contact the state agency directly.

Access Control Requirements

  • A compassion center shall use an electronic controlled access system to limit entrance to all restricted access areas of its facility
    • An electronic controlled access system must:
      • Limit access to authorized individuals
      • Track specific personnel entry and exit times.
      • Lock down the facility in the event of a security threat.
      • Store data for retrieval
      • Remain operable in the event of power failure.
      • Enable remote administration
  • Restricted access areas must be identified with a sign that states: "Do Not Enter - Restricted Access Area - Access Limited to Authorized Personnel Only."
  • Individuals authorized to enter restricted access areas include:
    • Compassion center agents, Laboratory agents, Authorized department personnel], Individuals accompanied by a compassion center agent when the compassion center agent has received written authorization from authorized department personnel, Individuals accompanied by authorized department personnel
  • A compassion center shall maintain documentation of access to restricted areas for individuals included in paragraphs b, c, d, and e of subsection 3. The documentation must include date of entry, time of entry, time of exit, name of individual, reason for access, and any other information required by the department. The documentation must be retained for at least three years.
  • Law enforcement, fire personnel, or emergency medical service professionals may enter restricted access areas in the event of an emergency requiring immediate action.

Alarm System Requirements

  • A compassion center shall install and maintain a professionally monitored security alarm system that provides intrusion and fire detection of all:
    • Facility entrances and exits
    • Rooms with exterior windows
    • Rooms with exterior walls
    • Roof hatches
    • Skylights
  • A security alarm system means a device or series of devices that summons law enforcement personnel during, or as a result of, an alarm condition. Devices may include:
    • Hardwired systems and systems interconnected with a radio frequency method, such as cellular or private radio signals that emit or transmit a remote or local audio, visual, or electronic signal, Motion detectors, Pressure switches, A duress alarm, A panic alarm, A holdup alarm, An automatic voice dialer, A failure notification system that provides an audio, text, or visual notification of any failure in the surveillance system.
  • A compassion center's security alarm system and all devices must continue to operate during a power outage.
  • The compassion center shall test the security alarm system and all devices monthly and maintain a record of all tests.
  • The compassion center's security alarm system must be inspected, and all devices tested annually by a qualified alarm vendor.

Video Surveillance Requirements

  • Video surveillance systems must:
    • Capture clear and certain identification of any person entering or exiting a compassion center.
    • Have the ability to produce a clear, color, still photo either live or from a recording.
    • Have an embedded date-and-time stamp on all recordings which must be synchronized and not obscure the picture.
    • Continue to operate during a power outage.

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