Packages

Package Tags

Metrc automatically generates the Package ID numbers and assigns them to a unique facility.

  • The Package Tag facilitates the movement of product between licenses and the distribution of product to consumers. 
  • The Package Tag is perforated with the ID printed on the top and bottom sections.

a.        The larger top portion stays with the package.

b.        The smaller bottom portion can be attached to a retail device such as a bud jar, or used on intake paperwork at Manufacturing, Testing, or Retail facilities.  

Package Tag Breakdown 

The package tag uses a pressure sensitive adhesive. Retail tags are blue and medical tags are yellow. The barcode printed on the tag is a standard UCC 128 barcode.

Item 1: Facility Name

The name of the licensed facility 

Item 2: Facility License Number

The facility’s State license number 

Item 3: Tag Number

The unique Tag ID Number is printed on the tag alphanumerically and is embedded in the barcode and RFID chip.

Item 4: Package Tag Order Number

The order number of which the tag was a part

Item 5: Facility Type 

This banner further distinguishes a tag associated with a Medical license from a tag associated with a Retail or Recreational License. For the state of Massachusetts, all tags will be associated with Retail or Recreational Licenses.

Perforation of Package Tags

Item 1: Perforation

Package tags are perforated.

Item 2: Larger Portion

The larger top portion stays with the package.

Item 3: Smaller Portion

The smaller bottom portion can be attached to a retail device such as a bud jar, or used on intake paperwork at the Manufacturing, Testing, or Retail facilities.   

Creating Packages

Item 1: New Tag

Enter the tag number or use the magnifying glass to the right to select the next alphanumeric tag number from your tag inventory to assign and affix to the product being packaged.  

Item 2: Room 

Select the Room in which the package will be located. 

Item 3: Item Drop Down 

Select the appropriate Item from the dropdown list. Use the magnifying glass to the right to view a list of your license’s Items. 

Item 4: Package Quantity 

Select the unit of measure from the dropdown menu.

Item 5: Package Date

Select the day on which the package is being made. Select "today" to populate the current date. 

Item 6: Production Batch Checkbox

Only select the Production Batch checkbox if the package you’re creating is a new Production Batch.

Item 7: Product Requires Remediation

Only select the Product Requires Remediation checkbox if you are packaging product that has failed testing and requires Remediation. 

Item 8: Harvest Batch Name

Enter the Harvest batch from which the product is being packaged.  You can click the  magnifying glass to the right to display a list of all the active Harvest Batches at your facility. 

Item 9: Quantity Pulled from Batch 

Enter the weight of the product being packaged from the Harvest batch and select the unit of measure from the dropdown menu. 

Item 10: Add Contents button 

You can use this button to add additional sources from which you’re packaging product. 

Item 11: Add button

The Add button can be used to create additional packages from the same screen.

Item 12: Create Packages button

Select Create Packages to save the information and create your package(s) in Metrc. 

Item 13: Cancel button

The Cancel button will exit the screen without saving any data. 

Item 14: Clear button

The Clear button will clear all entered information.

Creating a Package from an Existing Package

Item 1: New Tag

Enter the tag number or use the magnifying glass to the right to select the next alphanumeric tag number from your tag inventory to assign and affix to the product being packaged.  

Item 2: Room 

Select the Room in which the package will be located. 

Item 3: Item Drop Down 

Select the appropriate Item from the dropdown list. Use the magnifying glass to the right to view a list of your license’s Items. 

Item 4: Package Quantity 

Select the unit of measure from the dropdown menu.

Item 5: Package Date 

Select the day on which the package is being made. Select "today" to populate the current date.

Item 6: Production Batch Checkbox 

Only select the Production Batch checkbox if the package you’re creating is a new Production Batch.

Item 7: Product Requires Remediation

Only select the Product Requires Remediation checkbox if you are packaging product that has failed testing and requires Remediation. 

Item 8: Package #1 

Enter the source package tag from which product is being packaged. You can click the magnifying glass icon to the right to display a list of all the active Packages at your facility. 

Item 9: Quantity Pulled from Batch 

Enter the weight of the product being packaged from the source Package and select the unit of measure from the dropdown menu. 

Item 10: Add Contents button

You can use this button to add additional sources from which you’re packaging product.  

Item 11: Add button 

The Add button can be used to create additional packages from the same screen. 

Item 12: Create Packages button 

Select Create Packages to save the information and create your package(s) in Metrc. 

Item 13: Cancel button

The Cancel button will exit the screen without saving any data. 

Item 14: Clear button 

The Clear button will clear all entered information.

Edible/Non-Edible Process

In this graphic, you can see how several packages of Flower and Trim were used to create an intermediate product (Production Batch of Concentrate). Some of that Concentrate product is then used to make four separate Production Batches. If these are the final Production Batches, product will be pulled from them to create “sale packages” that will be manifested to the Retailer. Every item being created in the graphic requires a new package tag, which will carry the source package in its history, ensuring accurate product tracking throughout the supply chain. 

Package Adjustments/Rejections 

Package Adjustments can be made in the system to address certain discrepancies, inconsistencies, and errors in the data that’s been entered. Package Adjustments cannot be used to correct an error in Sales data at a Retailer. Package adjustment reasons are populated by the State; licensees may use the note section to further explain why a package adjustment was made.  

A licensee can reject one or more packages from a manifest that has been sent to them. Rejection reasons are populated by the State; licensees may use the note section to further explain why they are rejecting a certain package. 

Adjustment Reasons 

Please remember all adjustment reasons are setup by the State, not Metrc. 

API Related Error – When a sales entry or adjustment has been duplicated/entered erroneously by the POS system in Metrc. 

Drying - After conducting a physical inventory, moisture loss was observed, or a moisture increase was observed 

Entry Error- A typing mistake was made with the input of info for the package. For example, entered 100 grams instead of 10 grams. This could include Unit of Measure issues as well. This should not be used instead of correcting sales.

Overpulled - Too much product was placed in the Metrc package resulting in more product remaining in originating package than is reflected in Metrc.  Requires a note indicating the corresponding package 

Underpulled - Too little product was placed in the Metrc package resulting in more product being in the new package than is reflected in Metrc. Requires a note indicating the corresponding package

Package Material – Jar or bag included in the package weight 

Plants Unpacked - Grow Only, to indicate the planting of immature plants (adjust and report as unpacked) 

Processing Loss - The loss of weight as a result of a process. For example, when rolling joints and there is crumbling into pieces that cannot be collected. 

Scale Variance – When there is a difference between two scales (not drying) 

Spoilage – Edibles/Non-edibles past expiration/spoiled 

Theft - when theft occurs internally or externally. The State should be notified, and documentation filed with [email protected]

Waste - Selected to reflect throwing marijuana away because it is unusable as a result of passing expiration dates, formation of mold or mildew, or other spoilage scenarios.

Packages - Keep in Mind

  1. An Immature Plant or Seeds can be packaged strain specifically from the Immature plants menu and transferred for sale. 
  2. To create an intermediate product, like a Production Batch of Concentrate, you will pull from a package or packages of raw product to create the new package for the new Concentrate. You may then pull product out of that Production Batch to create additional Production Batches (e.g. infused edible products). Each new Production Batch will have a new Package Tag and be marked as a Production Batch. If these Production Batches are final products, packages will be created from them for transfer to the Retailer. 
  3. A package must exist to be selected for transfer. Transfers are real-time inventory dependent.  
  4. There must be a contents section identifying the source package(s) for each new package created by pulling product from an existing package. 
  5. Select the most appropriate adjustment reason from the dropdown menu when adjusting a package. 
  6. To send a sample for testing from a Harvest, Submit for Testing from the Harvest to create a new package for the Test Sample. Follow the Test Sample to the Active Packages area to select and add it to a Transfer Manifest for movement to a licensed lab. Keep in mind that the among being pulled from the source Harvest batch should be the exact amount required for the sample. No other packages should be created from the Harvest until the Test Sample has passed all testing. 

To send a sample for testing from a package, Submit for Testing out of an existing package to create a new package for the Test Sample.  Follow the Test Sample to the Active Packages area to select and add it to a Transfer Manifest for movement to a licensed lab.  Keep in mind that the amount being pulled from the source package should be the exact amount required for the sample.  No other packages should be created from this source package until the Test Sample has passed all testing. 

  1. Package tags may only be used once and for the product they were originally created to hold.


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