The security challenges faced by the burgeoning cannabis industry

While commercial cannabis growing operations today resemble that of other large agribusinesses, the level of security needed to grow and sell marijuana certainly goes well beyond what is required from corn and soybean farmers. Indeed, although specific regulations vary from state to state, all of them mandate that cannabis plants be tracked from seed-to-sale, meaning that cultivators must leverage a plethora of security technologies, including video surveillance, access control, intrusion detection, and asset tracking among other solutions.

Just like in the U.S., Canadian growers are held to rigorous standards when it comes to the production and sale of cannabis. Among the nation’s licensed cannabis cultivators is Wayland Group. Founded in 2013, the company, which also has production operations in Europe, began with a two-and-a-half acre (30,000 square feet) grow operation in Oakville, Ontario, and is currently in the process of building a new 97-acre site (217,000 square feet in first phase and 165,000 square feet in a second phase, which consists primarily of greenhouses) next door. (SIW) recently caught up with Stephen Lem, Senior Director of Security for Wayland Group to discuss the unique challenges the company faces as a legal cannabis grower, how they address regulatory compliance issues and other topics in this “At the Frontline” interview.

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