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Mar 23, 2016 5:48 PM

Alaska Joins Colorado and Oregon in Seed-To-Sale Tracking

Alaska officials announced this week that Franwell, the exact same company that helps track legal marijuana edibles and flowers in Colorado and Oregon, will provide its seed-to-sale software solutions in Alaska. According to Cynthia Franklin, the director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, the deal was finalized last week, on March 7. The contract with a total cost of $105,000 will last for more than five years—until the end of June 2021.

Alaska Marijuana Laws

Alaska will use the same seed-to-sale tracking system—Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Reporting Compliance of simply METRC—that has already proven its efficiency in Oregon and Colorado. At first, this software solution was specifically designed for the governmental agencies in Colorado to give them an opportunity to check and control all the operations that involve commercial marijuana. The first version of METRC was launched in December 2013. Later, the developers improved the system to adjust it to the recreational cannabis industry in Oregon. Now, it is Alaska's turn.

Using the tracking system is a mandatory condition for marijuana businesses according to the current Alaska's marijuana policy. This network will connect the data from all the local commercial growers, sellers, manufacturers, and even testing facilities. The system, however, will track commercial cannabis plants and products only, it will not be used to track down the home-grown marijuana plants.

METRC allows to track marijuana plants at every stage from growing to selling. As a part of the new tracking system, every plant or package of cannabis products will be tagged with a special tag. Each of these tags will have three necessary elements:

  • a barcode;
  • a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip;
  • a human-readable identification.

The official start of the METRC system in Alaska is scheduled for May 23. In order to help the local growers, retailers, and manufacturers adjust to the new tracking system, Franwell is going to provide a series of in-person trainings and webinars.