Seed to sale tracking has a wide-range of important implications in the cannabis industry. Your friends at BLAZE are here to go into detail. Seed-to-sale is a computer program that documents and tracks cannabis from a plant form to a product on a dispensary shelf. Learn more about seed-to-sale from Leafly. BioTrackTHC is the leader in government seed-to-sale tracking solutions designed specifically for the cannabis industry. Schedule a demo today!
Seed to Sale Tracking: Why it’s Crucial
One of the great benefits of legal, regulated cannabis sales is that consumers are buying tested, quality products and trust what they’re putting into their bodies. This is essential for increasing the number of cannabis consumers which is good for all cultivators, manufacturers, dispensary owners, and everyone else connected to the modern cannabis marketplace. Seed to sale tracking means exactly what it says; cannabis plants are tracked from seeds through planting, harvesting/curing, manufacturing, testing, and packaging before they’re sold in a licensed cannabis dispensary.
So why should you care about seed to sale tracking? For consumers, their health, wellness, and confidence depend on it. For cannabis professionals, cloud-based seed to sale tracking provides much-needed compliance tools and optimal data for improved cultivation techniques and profits. For cannabis regulators, tracking allows for monitoring every cannabis product at each stage of the supply chain through the final sale. To sum it up, everybody wins.
The Legal Cannabis Marketplace Needs Seed to Sale Software
To date, 33 states, Washington, D.C., and several U.S territories permit medical cannabis, and 11 allow for adult-use sales with more likely on the way in 2020. While laws and regulations vary from state to state, nearly all require compliance with seed to sale tracking and testing regulations. This is why cloud-based, seed to sale tracking software for cultivators is a fundamental part of the new cannabis marketplace.
Without it, compliance is next to impossible. With BLAZE Grow, not only is compliance possible, our platform makes it practically easy.
How Does Seed to Sale Tracking Work?
You might be wondering how a company can track a seed or young plant (typically a clone from a mother plant). The answer is simple; labels or tags with identifying barcodes or QR codes are placed on the containers containing the seeds. Most commercial growers rely on clones, not seeds when planting their crops. As the plant matures, a tag may be hung on the plant itself and some states mandate this step. For indoor grows, many states require tracking the plant even when moved from room to room during the growth cycle. Mobile scanning/reading devices are commonly used by employees in the field or indoor cultivation or manufacturing facilities. For its clients, BLAZE offers the rugged and dependable Durascan portable device for scanning barcodes. The label or tag with the barcode or QR code then follows the plant through the entire supply chain. If the harvested plant is processed into vape oil, a tincture, an edible, a topical, or other cannabis product, the code stays with it to ensure the tracking chain remains unbroken.
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It’s the Law in Most States
Government regulators require tracking software to eradicate illicit cannabis sales and “grey market,” off the book sales. While regulations are certainly an unwelcome challenge for a business model that was previously based on secrecy and independence, they are necessary to integrate the cannabis marketplace into mainstream business communities. Virtually every commercial product sold in the U.S must deal with regulatory issues and cannabis is no exception. Without a doubt, changes need to evolve over time as regulators and business professionals alike find their way in the new cannabis landscape. Tracking software helps cannabis cultivators stay compliant with state law, and may help keep federal agencies at bay from enforcement actions. The data may also play a role in the eventual de-scheduling of cannabis at the federal level.
Dispensaries Will Love You
Tracking data is of immense value to dispensaries. Up to date inventory management, customer trends, and marketing strategies are critical to managing a dispensary. Savvy owners will want to make use of any data that helps them improve sales and educate customers. In many ways, cannabis data management is BLAZING new paths for supply chain management in other industries, and we’re proud to be at the forefront of that effort.
Does Seed to Sale Tracking Protect Consumers?
Illicit cannabis producers and sellers do not care or abide by tracking or testing regulations. While consumers may save money buying underground cannabis, the recent vape crisis is a perfect example of the potential health risks. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the untested, underground, and illegal counterfeit vape products contained Vitamin E acetate which severely damages the lungs when heated and inhaled. Legal vape sales plummeted and hopefully will recover in 2020. People died, and the untracked, illegal products gave the entire cannabis community a black eye. Unfortunately, the incidents also provided ammunition for prohibition supporters. The seed to sale tracking ecosphere greatly reduces the risk of contaminated products from ever reaching the consumer. This is just one more reason why you should care about seed to sale tracking ⎼ your livelihood may very well depend on it.
We’re here to help you compete in the new world of regulated cannabis cultivation and sales. At BLAZE we want each and every customer to succeed. How can we help? Let’s talk about it. Contact us online or call us at (415) 964-5689.
A computer program that documents and tracks cannabis from a plant form to a product on a dispensary shelf. Every legal cannabis state is required by law to have seed-to-sale tracking software, but states with only medical marijuana may or may not be required to have it.
“Our-seed-to-sale platform makes it easy for dispensaries to track inventory and profits.”
“Seed-to-sale technology can help cultivators improve yields by keeping meticulous records.”
What is seed-to-sale technology?
In order for states to legalize the cultivation, distribution, and sale of cannabis, they must adhere to legislation designed to monitor all stages of the production and retail processes. Seed-to-sale software, such as Metrc, documents buying seeds and clones, growth of immature and mature plants, when harvesting occurs, when product is transported, and when product is sold to retailers, extractors, or customers.
This software ensures that cannabis business owners document the correct amounts of harvests and products, and that products are tested appropriately. In practice, every gram, eighth, ounce, etc. of flower, plus every pre-roll, edible, topical, and any other cannabis product belongs to a batch marked by a unique tag or QR code, which is updated as the plant or product moves through the production or retail cycle.
Why is seed-to-sale required to operate in the cannabis industry?
Because cannabis is still federally illegal, states must operate with transparency to avoid scrutiny. To legally operate as a cannabis company, businesses must provide comprehensive and consistent records of their operations, procedures, and profits.
While it may seem like overkill, seed-to-sale tracking is crucial in the event of theft, contaminated product, and auditing, as it provides a means for cannabis employers to survey losses and identify bad batches, and it shows a record of their compliance to state law.
Does medical marijuana require seed-to-sale tracking?
Medical marijuana programs operate in more of a gray area where records are not as stringent, so they are not necessarily required to have seed-to-sale tracking software—it depends on the state. In states with both medical and recreational cannabis, seed-to-sale tracking is usually required for both medical and recreational cannabis.
Government Seed-to-Sale Software
The BioTrack cannabis and hemp traceability system has extensive tracking and reporting capabilities to assist state and local governments with enforcing regulations, collecting taxes, verifying product quality, and preventing illegal cannabis diversion and inversion. The system allows regulatory agencies to view every gram of legal cannabis or hemp throughout the production life cycle. Having emerged from the medical software industry, the technology was originally developed as a prescription drug and methamphetamine precursor tracking system to assist state government and law enforcement agencies in preventing drug diversion and promoting public safety. The Traceability system has passed a SAS No. 70 audit (now SSAE 16) to certify the System’s compliance with strict standards for electronic prescriptions of all legal classes of medication.
WHAT IS TRACEABILITY?
Upon propagation from a seed, each plant or clone is assigned a globally unique 16 digit identifier. This identifier records and archives plant phases, additives and employee interactions to ensure accountability and adhere to regulations during the plants’ maturation.
All cannabis components are batched by material-type. Batched material receives a new 16 digit identifier that contains plant history since propagation. Batched material includes prepackaged goods or derivatives such as oil concentrate.
- QA TESTING
Cannabis and cannabis derivatives are then tested for chemicals, contaminants and other harmful additives prior to entering the market place. Test results, including potency, are automatically assigned and printed on product labels.
A detailed manifest must be completed prior to transporting cannabis. The manifest displays the shipments’ origin, a detailed contents list including quantity, destination and driver credentials, displaying the entire chain of custody. Manifest reports are available for law enforcement in real-time.
In addition to linking products to plant origin, each sale is tracked to the patient or customer. This completes the unbroken chain of custody from seed-to-sale.
- MEDICAL PATIENT ID CARDS
The Traceability System generates a unique ID number for every patient, and can also integrate with hardware for patient ID card printing. Patient information and sales limitations are easily validated in real-time.
- TRACEABILITY PORTAL
The traceability portal is a secure, online, data hub that provides detailed analytics for regulatory agencies and law enforcement. The data allows law enforcement to track cannabis transportation and inventory in real-time. Detailed financial reports are available for the Department of Revenue or other agencies. This ensures compliance and adherence to industry standards and state laws.
By meeting all necessary requirements and going through a thorough vetting process, BioTrack was granted usage rights to the Amazon Government Cloud (AWS GovCloud), which, “is an isolated AWS region designed to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the cloud, helping customers support their U.S. government compliance requirements, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).”
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WHY IS TRACEABILITY IMPORTANT?
To recall cannabis plants and products deemed as unsafe/adulterated
Prevent adulterated materials from reaching the regulated market, and preventing regulated materials from reaching the black market
Allow regulating bodies to track cannabis plants and products to the source and to the consumer
Preventing cannabis from reaching those for whom it is not intended
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What is Cannabis Seed to Sale Software?
Seed to sale software is specialized inventory management software that tracks legal cannabis plants from their early life cycle until the final sale to the end consumer. You can think of it like an easy seed to sale crm that offers marijuana cultivators, processors, and dispensaries easy sale tracking, integrated APIs and effortless record keeping from a centralized point. Seed to sale tracking is important throughout the supply chain to help prevent diversion, assist in product recalls and provide regulators with a clear understanding of the industry. The best seed to sale software on the market does this and so much more. BioTrack’s marijuana seed to sale software will not only help you run a compliant business, but also gives you the tools you need to save time and scale your business.
The BioTrack seed to sale marijiuana tracking software was specifically designed for the cannabis industry. The inventory management system will help licensed marijuana businesses as well as states to keep track of inventory throughout the supply chain and help to ensure products are safe well before they reach the general public. This helps both licensed businesses and industries grow to reach their full potential.
Just because BioTrack has been in the industry for over 10 years does not mean that we are resting on our laurels. In 2020 alone, we added multiple new features to the platform to help manage operation, provide enhanced tools and control cost along with multiple new integrations with the goal of helping companies with compliant growth from top to bottom.
Our best in class seed-to-sale software helps clients meet and stay ahead of ever-changing regulatory compliance with the assistance of our dedicated government affairs team, and our dedicated support team makes the operation of your cannabis business their top priority.
With the germination of each cannabis seed, sale of a safe, top-quality product to the end consumer is the primary goal. By using BioTrack’s seed to sale software and point of sale system both business owners and government regulators can ensure a safe and compliant cannabis industry for years to come.