Q: What is METRC?

Franwell's 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: What states use METRC?

Metrc is used in Alaska, California, Colorado, Colorado (industrial hemp), DC, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, and Oregon.

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

As a licensed cannabis business, you’ll be 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 will be 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 3rd 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 will claim to be integrated with METRC.  Very few have successfully launched full integrations and even fewer have done so in the cultivation and processing stages.  If you’re shopping 3rd 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 3rd party software providers who are fully integrated with all 3 of METRC’s operating markets; Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon.  Click on your state’s page to see a full list of validated integrators.  Michigan and Maryland are yet to launch and the company has not officially announced the California contract, however, several sources have already revealed them as the winner.

Q: What are RFID tags?

METRC utilizes RFID tags, which allow regulators to scan a particular plant or product and determine its origin.  Depending on your state, RFID tag requirements may vary.  In most states, you’ll be required to utilize RFID tags on each plant as well as each final, packaged product.  Tags generally cost between 25 and 45 cents and are required by METRC state’s on a cannabis business’s entire inventory.

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Getting Set Up in California

Q: How do I schedule a Metrc training in California?

You can schedule a Metrc training by visiting this link here.

Q: How do I find my license number to sign up for a training?

Take your provisional license number, I.e. PAL-000012 and change the first three letters to “LCA”, i.e. LCA-000012

Q: Do I need to print my own tags?

No, you order all of your Metrc tags from Metrc.

Q: How can I order METRC tags?

Once you have access to the Metrc system, you can visit “Admin” and click on “Tag Orders”

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What METRC means for cultivators

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

In California, you only need to put an individual tag on each plant when it becomes flowering. In all other METRC states, you need to put an individual barcode tag on each plant when it transitions to the vegetative stage.

Q: What's the definition of "vegetative?"

A vegging plant when the plant is larger than 8” (tall or wide).

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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