Metrc 101

Q: What is Metrc?

Metrc is a cannabis traceability solution providing end-to-end tracking and tracing specifically designed for government agencies regulating legalized marijuana. Metrc provides regulatory bodies a compliance management solution, and provides marijuana businesses a cloud based reporting system to manage and report supply chain activities as determined by regulations.

Q: Where is Metrc used?

Metrc is used across 19 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam. Those states are Alaska, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota and West Virginia.

Q: What do cannabis businesses need to do with Metrc?

As a licensed cannabis business, it is required to tag every plant and packaged product with an RFID tag as well as input all of your inventory data into the state’s Metrc system for regulatory oversight and compliance purposes. Operators and licensees are required to report on plant counts, plant waste/byproducts, inventory transfers, product conversions, overall inventory, sales and more.

Q: Will I have to manually enter info into Metrc?

Yes. Unless you utilize a fully integrated third party software provider like Canix, you’ll be required to manually enter all of your data into the state’s Metrc system.

Q: What third party software providers integrate into Metrc?

A lot of companies claim to be integrated with METRC but very few have successfully launched full integrations and even fewer have done so in the cultivation and processing stages. If you’re shopping for third party software solutions, it’s suggested that you request a reference in your state.

Q: I want to operate in multiple states. Is there a single 3rd party software provider that will work in all states?

There are a handful of third party software providers who are fully integrated with all of Metrc's operating markets. Work with each state market to find out which third party software works in all of them.

Q: What are RFID tags?

Metrc utilizes RFID tags to allow regulators to scan a particular plant or product and determine its origin. Depending on your state, RFID tag requirements will vary. In most states, you’ll be required to utilize RFID tags on each plant as well as each final, packaged product. Tags are required by Metrc to be on a cannabis business’s entire inventory.

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What METRC means for cultivators

Q: Do I have to put a Metrc tag on all my plants?

Each state using Metrc has unique rules about tagging plants. For example, California requires an individual tag on each plant when it becomes flowering, but in other states, individual barcode tag is required on each plant when it transitions to the vegetative stage.

Q: When is a plant "vegetative?"

The definition of vegetative is different in each state, ranging from 4 inches to 12 inches.

Q: When is a plant considered "flowering?"

A plant is considered flowering when the light cycle changes to 12 hours on, 12 hours off. In California, flowering plants are required to be tagged with individual tags.

Q: I am an outdoor facility. How should I name my rooms?

1. Create a “vegetative room” (even if it’s an outdoor hoop house)

2. Look at the garden, usually plants are in a row / column

3. Physically label each row 1, 2, 3, etc.

4. Within Metrc, create a new flowering room, called “FloweringRow1”, “Flowering Row 2”, “Flowering Row 3”, etc.

5. Create a drying room for post-harvest material

Q: Do I need to have a paper copy of a manifest?

Yes, according to state law, you must have a paper copy of your Metrc manifest whenever you are driving on the road.

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