Perhaps the biggest headache and time-consuming activity for growers and dispensaries alike is staying in compliance. In nearly every state with legalized medicinal and/or recreational cannabis, METRC (Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Reporting Compliance) is required as the inventory tracking system of record, and clearly not everyone is getting it right.
Going back to 2016, the Colorado Department of Revenue Marijuana Enforcement Division collected more than $683,000 in fines from dispensaries. A year later, a single Colorado retailer was suspended for 90 days and fined $75,000 for “failing to maintain accurate tracking records …”
In California, so far a poster child for how not to handle legalization, 2018 saw the introduction of METRC as a new standard following 20 years of medical marijuana with virtually no tracking requirements whatsoever. Companies in every avenue of the industry had to scramble to replace old, bad habits with new, compliant ones.
And in Oregon in December 2019, three cannabis facilities received violation citations, and while one was fined and temporarily suspended, the other two will be forced to sell their licenses or have them revoked. So the stakes for compliance are very high indeed.
Those “accurate tracking records” are at the heart of METRC, because the goal after all is to track plants from seed to sale and make sure that each one is accounted for. And while some of the violations around the country appear not to be innocent mistakes (plants reported as ‘destroyed’ that later turned up elsewhere), much of the problem seems to be a lack of understanding of METRC’s requirements … or simply not enough time to keep up.
A report from KDVR-TV in Denver says, “One pattern of noncompliance stood out: The much-touted “seed-to-sale” tracking of every marijuana plant has some flaws.” No kidding.
So what’s the solution? In a post on the California situation, Green Entrepreneur says:
“Our advice? Lose the pen and paper, and the generic systems used in other industries. Cannabis operators who want to take the risk out of compliance should look instead for solutions that have been custom-built for this space.”
That’s our advice, too, and that’s why we built Brytemap Scout from the ground up to be METRC compliant, giving growers and processors a time-saving and cost effective solution to their compliance headaches … and the ability to sleep at night.
Learn more about Brytemap Scout here.