In January of 2018 the State of California announced they would be issuing annual licenses within 180 days and within that time the state track and trace system for cannabis, METRC, would be operational. With METRC integration imminent, now is the time to think about how to track plant movement and inventory levels to start reporting the required data back to the state. The first step you should take is to find a business partner whose software platform will provide value for your business and also assist in helping you make this transition.
To help ensure regulatory compliance, safety and overall public health, states that have approved medical and recreational marijuana sales and use are leveraging technology as part of the solution. Most states have a rudimentary system in place (e.g. METRC) that collects the minimum data that is reported back to the state for basic compliance. For seasoned growers and professional operators, the solution doesn’t stop here. There is a more complete, faster, and intelligent layer of technology that is being used to support cannabis businesses across the value chain.
There's been a lot of talk recently about cannabis seed-to-sale tracking. As a key requirement in cannabis regulatory models, seed-to-sale tracking refers to the process of tracking plants and their by-products from initial planting through the plant's sale. Track and trace is another term used for this process, but refers to the tracking within one link of the cannabis supply chain (for example, a cultivation facility). However, cultivators also tend to implement seed-to-sale tracking software to gain visibility to their operation.