Arkansas ABC MM : Security Camera System Requirements for Cannabis Farms and Dispensaries
Arkansas Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facilities Rules about Security Camera Systems
RR 6.2. Construction of Premises...
b. Commercial grade, non-residential door locks shall be installed on every external door, and gate if applicable. All external locks shall be equipped with biometric access controls. Only authorized personnel shall have access to locked and secured areas. Facilities shall maintain detailed records of employees with access to locked and secured areas. Records shall be made available to the Division upon request.
RR 6.4. Alarm System
a. All cultivation facilities shall be equipped with an alarm system which, upon attempted unauthorized entry, shall transmit a signal directly to a central protection company or a local or State police agency which has a legal duty to respond. A designated agent of the cultivation facility shall also receive notification of any such signal.
b. Alarm systems shall provide coverage for all points of ingress and egress to the facility, including, but not limited to, doorways, windows, loading bays, skylights, and retractable roof mechanisms.
c. Alarm systems shall provide coverage of any room with an exterior wall, any room containing a safe, and any room used to grow or store medical marijuana.
d. Alarm systems shall be equipped with a “panic device” that upon activation will not only sound any audible alarm components, but will also notify law enforcement.
e. Alarm systems shall have “duress” and “hold up” features to enable an agent to activate a silent alarm notifying law enforcement of an emergency.
f. Alarms system must be equipped with failure notification systems to notify cultivation facilities and law enforcement of any failure in the alarm system.
g. Alarm systems shall have the ability to remain operational during a power outage.
RR 6.5. Video Surveillance System
a. All cultivation facilities shall be equipped with video surveillance systems consisting of the following:
i. Digital video cameras; vABC - 13
ii. 24 hour per day, 7 day per week recording capabilities;
iii. The ability to remain operational during a power outage;
iv. Digital archiving capabilities;
v. On-site and off-site monitoring capabilities; and
vi. All facilities must maintain at least one on-site display monitor connected to the surveillance system at all times. The monitor shall have a screen size of at least 12 inches.
b. All cultivation facilities shall maintain camera coverage of the following areas:
i. All points of ingress and egress to the facility, including, but not limited to, doorways, windows, loading bays, skylights, and retractable roof mechanisms;
ii. Any room with an exterior wall, except restrooms, any room containing a safe, and any room or area used to grow, process, manufacture, or store medical marijuana;
iii. All areas in which any part of the disposal process of marijuana occurs; and
iv. All parking areas and any alley areas immediately adjacent to the building.
c. All recording devices shall display a date and time stamp on all recorded video.
d. All recording devices shall have the capability to produce a still image from the video recording, and each facility shall maintain, on site, a video printer capable of immediately producing a clear still image from any video camera image.
e. Access to on-site surveillance system controls and monitoring shall be limited to authorized personnel. Cultivation facilities shall identify individuals with access to surveillance system controls and monitoring upon request by the Division.
f. All surveillance recordings shall be maintained for a minimum of 90 days.
How to Comply with Arkansas's Non-Security-Camera, but Security-Related Regulations:
Commercial Grade Locks and Alarm System
Arkansas requires you to install commercial grade locks with a biometric access control system that logs coming and going. You need to have an alarm on all exterior doors and windows and use an alarm monitoring company.
How to Comply with Arkansas's Recording Regulations:
Unlike most states, Arkansas has no rules on the quality of the recordings.
Arkansas does require you to have these features with your systems: digital backup capacity, the ability to produce still images, timestamps on all footage. These features come standard on all our systems.
Arkansas requires that you place cameras so that they can observer all doors, windows, potential entry points (even unconventional ones, like skylights), and any room with an exterior wall. You must have cameras that cover all areas that store, process, dispose, or produce marijuana. You have to cover the parking lots and your safe.
Most people opt for at least a 1080P camera. With someone 20 feet away, with 1080P resolution, your footage would look like this:
You must have a 12 inch or greater monitor connected to the system at all times, a printer availible to print stills, and you have to control who can use the surveillance system on a need-to-know basis.
How to Comply with the Arkansas Storage Regulations:
Like most states, the storage requirements are the hard part.
You are required to store 90 days of footage, which puts you in the upper end in terms of regulatory requirements on storage. 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 you own research or hire your own lawyer to guarantee compliance with the law.