On January 25, 2018, Health Canada updated the security requirements for Licenced Producers under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). This amendment to the regulations makes substantive changes to the storage area(s) for current licensed producers and applicants, including re-classification of which was previously the ‘vault’. As per the Security Directive the vault is now generically defined to be a ‘secure rooms or areas’. There are also impacts on the requirement for cameras within controlled areas such as grow rooms.
For the “secure room” the minimum requirements are as follows:
Although HC has reduced the requirement for security, there are additional considerations that must be reviewed at time of construction:
HC has yet to determine the “standard” physical requirements of the storage room(s), but it is clear that the materials used must prevent unauthorized entry through the doors, walls, ceiling or floor. This will require the room(s) to be constructed of a hardened material and the doors and door frames of commercial grade steel at a minimum.