Cultivation: Security Plan DIY Guide


The Security Plan is everything you need to keep your cannabis cultivation facility safe and secure.  This plan is best used for your cannabusiness application, operations, and business planning.

Use Cases

  • Operators can use this as a working operational document which gets updated periodically as policies and procedures change.
  • License applicants can use this plan in its entirety in applications when the application requires a section or exhibit solely addressing staffing and training.  
  • New licensees and operators can use this to establish a security plan and figure out what equipment to utilize and how to set it up.


Search for each of these terms in the regulations. You're looking for pieces of each regulation that pertain to staffing, training, cash, and onboarding. Refer to the General Sheet Editing DIY Guide for guidance on what to do with these key words.

  • Video
  • Access control
  • Lighting
  • Surveillance
  • Fencing
  • Security
  • Safety
  • Cash
  • Agent Cards
  • Emergency

Replace All

Search each the following codes (ex: [Code *1]) and replace each of them with the described information.

[Facility Type *1]

Cultivation (or the other official name that your state uses for cultivation/grow facilities)

[Company *1]

Insert your company name, or if keeping the company name out of the document, go through and use "the company" "company" or "our company" based on what makes sense grammatically.

[Department *1]

Insert the name of the regulatory board that has authority over cannabis businesses in your state

[Regulation *1]

Insert the name of the primary Cannabis regulation

[State *1]

Insert the name of your state

[Age *1]

Insert the minimum age for individuals allow don the premises. Depending on your state regulations this will either be 18 or 21

[Inventory Control System *1]

Insert the name of the selected inventory control system that your company will be using

[Health Department *1]

Insert the name of the health department in your state, or just replace this with "the health department"

Suggested Customizations

We suggest that you read through the sheet and make any additional edits or additions that you see fit.  Here are some suggestions to get you started. Search for the following items in green lettering within the onboarding and make the suggested changes.

Insert a facility security diagram in place of this text if available. If not available, delete this wording.


Your state regulations may have a different time frame for frequency of agent card renewals.  If so, insert that time frame here (ex: every 2 years)

  • be renewed every year.

Insert application fee

  • $______.

Your state regulation may have specific camera features required.  Insert them in the paragraph that starts with this bullet point:

  • 15 FPS, which exceeds the current minimum requirement and with a resolution of at least 2 megapixels, exceeding the minimum resolution during alarm or motion-based recording....

Your state may require a different amount of time that surveillance footage will be stored.  Check the regulations by searching for "retained" "surveillance footage"

  • Surveillance footage will be retained for a period of at least 180 days

Your state may not have a state level tracking system.  If this is the case, delete these terms:

  • state mandated seed-to-sale compliance system
  • State tracking system
  • the traceability system

Find food safety regulations in your state or leave this generic.

  • food safety, food sanitation, and food handling regulations.

This is only relevant if your state gives the department of agriculture authority over cannabis cultivation in any way.  If the department of agriculture does not have any authority, delete this.

  • Department of Agriculture.

Check the regulation to see if your state has a different required waste disposal method

  • — which states that the allowable method to render cannabis waste unusable is by grinding and incorporating the cannabis waste with other ground materials, so the resulting mixture is at least 50% non-cannabis waste by volume. Non-compostable Mixed Waste such as paper, cardboard, plastic, soil, broken glass, and leather will be disposed of in a landfill or incinerator).


Once you complete your customizations, rename this document using the structure that is required by the state's application instructions.