Florida 381.986 Medical use of marijuana: Security Camera System Requirements for Cannabis Farms and Dispensaries

Florida Security Regulations for Marijuana Grow Ops

(f) To ensure the safety and security of premises where the cultivation, processing, storing, or dispensing of marijuana occurs, and to maintain adequate controls against the diversion, theft, and loss of marijuana or marijuana delivery devices, a medical marijuana treatment center shall:

1.a. Maintain a fully operational security alarm system that secures all entry points and perimeter windows and is equipped with motion detectors; pressure switches; and duress, panic, and hold-up alarms; and

b. Maintain a video surveillance system that records continuously 24 hours a day and meets the following criteria:

(I) Cameras are fixed in a place that allows for the clear identification of persons and activities in controlled areas of the premises. Controlled areas include grow rooms, processing rooms, storage rooms, disposal rooms or areas, and point-of-sale rooms.

(II) Cameras are fixed in entrances and exits to the premises, which shall record from both indoor and outdoor, or ingress and egress, vantage points.

(III) Recorded images must clearly and accurately display the time and date.

(IV) Retain video surveillance recordings for at least 45 days or longer upon the request of a law enforcement agency.

2. Ensure that the medical marijuana treatment center’s outdoor premises have sufficient lighting from dusk until dawn.

...5. Store marijuana in a secured, locked room or a vault.

6. Require at least two of its employees, or two employees of a security agency with whom it contracts, to be on the premises at all times where cultivation, processing, or storing of marijuana occurs.

7. Require each employee or contractor to wear a photo identification badge at all times while on the premises.

8. Require each visitor to wear a visitor pass at all times while on the premises.

...10. Report to local law enforcement within 24 hours after the medical marijuana treatment center is notified or becomes aware of the theft, diversion, or loss of marijuana.

...(III) 6. Provide specific safety and security training to employees transporting or delivering marijuana and marijuana delivery devices.

...(10)(c) The department shall conduct at least a biennial inspection of each medical marijuana treatment center to evaluate the medical marijuana treatment center’s records, personnel, equipment, processes, security measures, sanitation practices, and quality assurance practices.

How to Comply with Florida's Non-Security-Camera, but Security-Related Regulations:

"Sufficient lighting from dusk until dawn" and "Fully operational security alarm system."

Florida requires you to have a security alarm that secures all doors and windows, as well as panic and duress buttons. It also requires you to have "sufficient" lighting outdoors. It doesn't define what sufficient means, however, so what sufficient means is open to interpretation. We would include enough outdoor lighting as to ensure that you can capture color photos at night, since that will also help your team identify people before opening the door.

How to Comply with Florida's Recording Regulations:

Florida does not require any specific recording 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.

Most people opt for at least a 1080P camera. With someone 20 feet away, with 1080P resolution, your footage would look like this:

How to Comply with the Floridas Storage Regulations:

Luckily you are only required to store 45 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.

The "Date and Time stamps" Requirement

Just about every surveillance system does this.

*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.