UPDATE: The Traceabiliity system will be offline until January 2nd!!! Failure: “all critical tasks will not be complete by the end of our contract with the current vendor on Oct. 31, 2017” The Washington State Cannabis tracking software (Seed-to-Sale) will be degraded starting Oct 25th, and then completely offline Oct 29th. MJ Freeway will perhaps have their system online Oct 31st – even if that system is missing features/requirements that currently exist.
When it was discovered that BioTrackTHC was on the way out in Washington many of you heard WeedTraQR declare: “it’ll get worse before it gets better”. Currently, there is some serious data control issues we’re observing in the BioTrackTHC system. It’s all centered around the Location or License number. In Washington State these are six digit numbers assigned to every location of a business. Licenses are related to a UBI – the Washington State Universal Business Identifier.
In Washington all marijuana producers and processors are required to report details about their business to the State. Some of this data includes weights. Washington State has, effectively, zero control or accuracy with the weights recorded in this system. The inconsistencies in the operation of this software points to an even larger problem: A core function of tracking this inventory, the weight, is not handled consistently or correctly.
The WSLCB has recently published the data from their “traceability” system. What a mess. The data is provided via Box: https://lcb.app.box.com/s/s568feiing1116f132zo1cjodoi24mm5 If you download this data be aware that there is no mapping provided at all, you have to know this dataset (which we do). Here’s a few examples of issues we’ve found in this Traceability data so far. The Files all show ‘CSV’ but when you open them it’s really a TSV Retail Sale for Negative Amounts Total THC Results of 390% QA Sample Results w/o Sample Inventory Mis-Matched Location and Organization ID How can it be that the system if record has so many data inconsistencies and errors?
The design of the Inventory Transfer Manifest system by the State of Washington is causing massive headaches for the Producers, Processor and Retailers here. The core of the problem is the lack of flexibility in the system. The root cause is either in the regulations or the implementation of said regulations. Really however, what caused it to be broken is less important for the business owners because they need to fix problems in the broken system today – not 24 months ago when these problems were being created.
Tracking Recreational Marijuana Inventory from Seed to Sale is very close to being a real situation in multiple states, it’s four as of this writing and many more are talking about relaxing their laws around medical use and even starting conversations about recreational use. “Traceability” is a fancy word for inventory management, tracking and auditing. For marijuana this means: Where did the seeds come from? What strain are they? When were they planted and harvested?
BioTrackTHC is the vendor who created the system use by the WSLCB to track marijuana growing, processing and sales. Their false advertising hurts competition for us, Viridian Sciences, GreenBits and MJ Freeway and Agrisoft. On the home page at https://biotrackthc.com/ as well as on the state run system at http://www.mjtraceability.com/ BioTrackTHC makes the claim: “The Only Seed to Sale Solution” and has been making this claim since at least 2013.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) just announced they are going to regularly release information about compliance enforcement and also publish revenue statistics from licensees in the I502 legal cannabis industry. This is an interesting move and signals a continued and rapid maturation in the legal cannabis industry. The stated purpose is to offer an opportunity for legitimately operated I502 businesses to be acknowledged and documented, providing transparency to their operations.
In Washington the Liquor Control Board (LCB) has taken control of the budding Marijuana business. Our Producers, Processors and Retailers – all of them must provide a crazy amount of operational details to the State for compliance reporting. This compliance system also has some APIs exposed which provide a good example of why the State shouldn’t be building these systems. The core problem is there is only one vendor, BioTrackTHC. They constructed this API, provide the documentation and any technical support for this API.