Alaska 3 AAC 306: Security Camera System Requirements for Cannabis Farms and Dispensaries

Resolution, Placement, Retention, and Remote Viewing Requirements

Alaska 3 AAC 306

Alaska State Cannabis Security Requirements

Here are the requirements for Alaska state as listed in as listed in "Alaska 3 AAC 306: Security Camera System Requirements for Cannabis Farms and Dispensaries"

3 AAC 306.715. Security alarm systems and lock standards. (a) Each licensee, employee, or agent of a marijuana establishment shall display an identification badge issued by the marijuana establishment at all times when on the marijuana establishment’s licensed premises.

(b) The licensed premises of a marijuana establishment must have

(1) exterior lighting to facilitate surveillance;

(2) a security alarm system on all exterior doors and windows; and

(3) continuous video monitoring as provided in 3 AAC 306.720.

(c) A marijuana establishment shall have policies and procedures that

(1) are designed to prevent diversion of marijuana or marijuana product;

(2) prevent loitering;

(3) describe the use of any additional security device, such as a motion detector, pressure switch, and duress, panic, or hold-up alarm to enhance security of the licensed premises; and

(4) describe the actions to be taken by a licensee, employee, or agent of the marijuana establishment when any automatic or electronic notification system alerts a local law enforcement agency of an unauthorized breach of security.

(d) A marijuana establishment shall use commercial grade, non-residential door locks on all exterior entry points to the licensed premises.

3 AAC 306.720. Video surveillance.

(a) A marijuana establishment shall install and maintain a video surveillance and camera recording system as provided in this section. The video system must cover

(1) each restricted access area and each entrance to a restricted access area within the licensed premises;

(2) each entrance to the exterior of the licensed premises; and

(3) each point-of-sale area.

(b) At a marijuana establishment, a required video camera must be placed in a way that produces a clear view adequate to identify any individual inside the licensed premises, or within 20 feet of each entrance to the licensed premises. Both the interior and the exterior of each entrance to the facility must be recorded by a video camera.

(c) Any area where marijuana is grown, cured, or manufactured, or where marijuana waste is destroyed, must have a camera placement in the room facing the primary entry door, and in adequate fixed positions, at a height that will provide a clear, unobstructed view of the regular activity without a sight blockage from lighting hoods, fixtures, or other equipment, in order to allow for the clear and certain identification of any person and activity in the area at all times.

(d) Surveillance recording equipment and video surveillance records must be housed in a locked and secure area or in a lock box, cabinet, closet or other secure area that is accessible only to a marijuana establishment licensee or authorized employee, and to law enforcement personnel including a peace officer or an agent of the board. A marijuana establishment may use an offsite monitoring service and offsite storage of video surveillance records if security requirements at the offsite facility are at least as strict as onsite security requirements as described in this section.

(e) Each surveillance recording must be preserved for a minimum of 40 days, in a format that can be easily accessed for viewing. All recorded images must clearly and accurately display the time and date, and must be archived in a format that does not permit alteration of the recorded image, so that the images can readily be authenticated. After 40 days, a marijuana establishment may erase video recordings, unless the licensee knows or should know of any pending criminal, civil, or administrative investigation for which the video recording may contain relevant information.

Alaska 3 AAC 306

How to Comply with the Alaska State Regulations:

Non-Security-Camera, but Security-Related Regulations:

Alaska requires you to provide sufficient lighting to facilitate surveillance, so keep that in mind. You need to have an alarm on all exterior doors and windows and use an alarm monitoring company.

You'll also need to get a photo identification badge system in place for employees. If you have our access control product line, you can print this badge on the back of the keycard that allows them access to sensitive parts of the building, with the Avigilon Alta Badge Printing App and the Instantcard printer integration. Using an access control system is not specifically required, but will also meet all physical security locking requirements. Although, traditional keys are not specifically ruled out in Florida's regulation, access control systems typically save you time and money over the long term as they complexly remove the need for rekeying, which will be required when you have turnover and generally costs about a thousand dollars per door.

Camera Regulations:

Alaska does not require any specific resolution regulation, but does require you to be able to have "clear identification of persons and activities in controlled areas of the premises." It defines the controlled areas as "grow rooms, processing rooms, storage rooms, disposal rooms or areas, and point-of-sale rooms," so you will need to be able to clearly identify someone in all areas of each of these rooms. You also have to have cameras on both the entrance and exit points of all exterior doors.

Alaska also requires you to be able to clearly identify anyone within 20 feet of the facility - in any direction, so you need to watch all your fence lines or non-entrance walls in a way that most other states do not require.

The fixed location requirement is interesting as that sounds as if you can't use PTZ cameras. If you really need a PTZ on location, we do have models with dual lenses that would meet this requirement.

Recording Regulations:

Make sure you have a lock on the door to the room or server rack that houses the NVR to meet the "Physical Media Storage" Physical Security Requirement.

Storage Regulations:

Like most states, the storage requirements are the hard part.

Luckily you are only required to store 40 days of footage, however, you also will need to download footage and store it should there be any theft or other incident that involves (or should involve) the police. We cover storage requirements pretty in depth on the main Cannabis regulations page.

*We're not lawyers and laws do change. We try our best to keep this page updated with changes to the law, but you should always do your own research or hire your own lawyer to guarantee compliance with the law.