Illinois is set to switch its cannabis seed-to-sale tracking system after delivering a Notice of Intent to award a contract to a new vendor. With the new contract, Metrc is poised to take over Illinois’ seed-to-sale tracking for licensed operators. Illinois uses BioTrack as its current track-and-trace vendor.
According to Metrc, its platform should “enhance and facilitate the data collection and regulatory insight for Illinois’ cannabis market, enabling licensed operators to easily track all activities impacting the status of a plant or the creation of cannabis-based products, including origin, testing results, handling, and chain-of-custody information, through the Company’s comprehensive platform and software-as-a-service (SaaS) system.”
Metrc stated, “Seamless data tracking in Metrc helps operators optimize inventory control, accurately report sales data, and improve cultivation management. This information is accessible to state regulators, providing the ultimate transparency to ensure regulatory compliance, help combat the illicit market, and safeguard the health and well-being of Illinois patients and consumers.”
“Illinois’ cannabis industry is one of the largest and most important in the country, and we are excited to support and enhance its program through our state-of-the-art track-and-trace platform, which will enable regulators to conveniently and securely track, store and retrieve millions of data points from operators around the state,” said Michael Johnson, CEO of Metrc. “Our team at Metrc is looking forward to working side-by-side with the Cannabis Regulation Oversight Office (CROO) to maintain the safest and most secure supply chain, while also ensuring licensees have an ideal landscape to thrive.”
Once finalized, this agreement would mark Metrc’s 24th government contract. Metrc holds exclusive government contracts in every region of the U.S, including Washington, D.C., and maintains a strong presence in the Midwest and Northeast. For more Illinois cannabis industry news, visit here.
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