The marijuana inventory tracking system for the world’s largest cannabis market – California – isn’t fully online, despite its rollout in January. But it’s getting there.
The slow transition to the new system involved confusion, headaches and extra costs, industry watchers note, reinforcing that legalization has brought with it a new world of red tape.
“Track-and-trace is like going to the dentist. You don’t want to do it, but you have to,” quipped Terra Carver, executive director of the Humboldt County Growers Alliance.
By and large, California’s marijuana companies are dealing successfully with the daily logistics of reporting product inventory to the state through the California Cannabis Track-and-Trace system (CCTT). It is powered by Metrc, made by Florida-based Franwell.
That means there isn’t complete accountability to regulators for every legal product that makes its way through the supply chain.But the system continues to prove effectively symbolic in many ways, several industry experts said, because not every legal company has started using it – only those with provisional or annual licenses, in contrast to the temporary business permits under which the entire industry operated throughout 2018.
As a result, many that are forced to use the system also don’t really see the point, aside from it being another state mandate.
Published: July 03, 2019
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