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Cannabis Security Requirements: Pennsylvania

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

  • Allentown
  • Bethlehem
  • Bloomsburg
  • Camp Hill
  • Carmichaels
  • Cranberry
  • Harrisburg
  • Johnstown
  • King of Prussia
  • New Castle
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Plymouth Meeting
  • Pottsville
  • Reading
  • Scranton
  • Selinsgrove
  • Shamokin
  • State College
  • Stroudsburg
  • Thorndale
  • Waterfall
  • Whitehall
  • York

Total Facilities in PA under DEM360 Cannabis Security Planning: 24

DEM360 has created a summarized finding of the state regulations for Pennsylvania’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 dispensary shall install commercial-grade, nonresidential doors and door locks on each external door of the facility. Keys or key codes for all doors shall remain in the possession of designated authorized individuals.
  • During all nonworking hours, all entrances to and exits from the facility must be securely locked.
  • A dispensary shall limit access to a room containing security and surveillance monitoring equipment to persons who are essential to maintaining security and surveillance operations; Federal, State and local law enforcement; security and surveillance system service employees; the Department or its authorized agents; and other persons with the prior written approval of the Department.
  • Except as provided in subsection (c), only authorized employees of a dispensary may enter a limited access area.
  • A dispensary shall require visitors, including vendors and contractors requiring access to a limited access area in the dispensary's facility, to present government-issued identification, sign a visitor log and wear a visitor identification badge that is visible to others at all times while in a limited access area.

Alarm System Requirements

  • A silent security alarm system signal, known as a duress alarm, generated by the entry of a designated code into an arming station in order to signal that the alarm user is being forced to turn off the system.
  • A silent alarm signal, known as a holdup alarm, generated by the manual activation of a device intended to signal a robbery in progress.
  • An audible security alarm system signal, known as a panic alarm, generated by the manual activation of a device intended to signal a life-threatening or emergency situation requiring law enforcement response.
  • An electrical, electronic, mechanical or other device capable of being programmed to send a prerecorded voice message requesting dispatch, when activated, over a telephone line, radio or other communication system to a law enforcement, public safety or emergency services agency.

Video Surveillance Requirements

  • Coverage of all facility entrances and exits; rooms with exterior windows, exterior walls, roof hatches or skylights; storage rooms, including those that contain medical marijuana and safes; and the perimeter of the facility.
  • Motion detectors.
  • A professionally-monitored security and surveillance system that is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and records all activity in images capable of clearly revealing facial detail. The security and surveillance system must include the following:
  • Fixed camera placement that allows for a clear image of all individuals and activities in and around the following:
  • Any area of the facility where medical marijuana is loaded or unloaded into or from transport vehicles.
  • Entrances to and exits from the facility. Entrances and exits must be recorded from both indoor and outdoor vantage points.
  • Rooms with exterior windows, exterior walls, roof hatches or skylights and storage rooms, including those that may contain medical marijuana and safes.

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