ASIS Announces ANSI-Approved Cannabis Security Standard

ASIS International, a leading authority in security standards and guidelines, proudly announces the release of a pioneering American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-approved standard dedicated to cannabis security. This best-in-class standard, meticulously developed by industry experts, sets a new benchmark by providing comprehensive requirements and guidance for the design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and maintenance of a cannabis security program.

“While previous efforts have sought to establish security standards for the cannabis industry, none match the comprehensive and well-organized nature of this standard. Crafted by seasoned experts in cannabis security, it stands out as the most thorough, covering the entire spectrum of security programs. Rooted in established and proven security standards, this initiative sets a new benchmark for the industry. This standard is not only needed, but anxiously anticipated by the industry,” stated Tim Sutton, CPP, PSP, PCI, vice chairman of ASIS International’s Professional Standards Board (PSB) and co-chair of the technical committee for the Cannabis Security Standard’s development.

Members of the standard’s technical committee represent security professionals who are actively working within the industry and other related subject matter experts who not only understand security best practices but understand the importance of applying industry-recognized security risk management principles.

Aligned with the enterprise security risk management (ESRM) approach, this standard serves as an invaluable tool to safeguard cannabis organizations and their assets by taking a holistic perspective.

Key elements of ASIS International’s ANSI-approved Cannabis Security Standard include: Comprehensive Security Program Guidance: The standard offers a robust framework for the design, implementation, and continuous improvement of cannabis security programs. It encompasses every aspect of security risk management, ensuring a thorough and proactive approach. Physical Protection Systems (PPS) Requirements: Providing guidance and minimum security requirements, the standard focuses on the identification, application, and management of physical protection systems. This includes safeguarding assets such as people, property, and information associated with cannabis operations, storage, and transport. Exceeding Jurisdictional Compliance: In some instances, the standard surpasses the requirements mandated by local jurisdictions, demonstrating a commitment to excellence in cannabis security. This ensures that cannabis organizations adopting this standard are equipped with the highest level of protection. Mitigation Strategies: A key highlight of the standard is its emphasis on mitigation strategies. From threat assessment to response planning, security practitioners gain access to proactive measures that fortify the resilience of cannabis organizations against potential risks.

"ASIS International is thrilled to introduce this groundbreaking ANSI-approved standard for cannabis security,” said Susan Carioti, CAE, CStd, Vice President, Certification, Standards and Guidelines, ASIS International. “In an industry evolving at a rapid pace, our standard not only meets but exceeds expectations, reflecting our commitment to advancing security practices. This standard is a testament to our dedication to providing best-in-class solutions that fortify cannabis organizations and contribute to the overall safety of the industry."

ASIS International, in its role as an accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO), develops standards and guidelines to serve the needs of security practitioners in today’s global environment.

For more information and to access the ANSI-accredited Cannabis Security Standard, please visit https://www.asisonline.org/publications--resources/standards--guidelines/cannabis-security-standard/.

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