Just to kind of bring everyone up to date on this one too, it doesn’t look like the contract with BioTrack will be extended. The LCB has asked BioTrackTHC for an extension, WeedTraQR and other third party software providers have publicly (and privately) endorsed this idea. Currently dozens of licensed operators are messaging the LCB to ask to make this happen. We are not so sure it will and are planning for the scenario where it is not extended.

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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.

It’s now official, confirmed on multiple accounts and the contract negotiations are proceeding. The replacement for BioTrackTHC in Washington State will be MJ Freeway using their Leaf Data Systems product. MJ Freeway has until October 31st to get their replacement system in place. This is a pretty large software project and has a very, very aggressive schedule. The Leaf Data system is barely ready for prime time, we’ve got thousands of businesses to migrate, three years of data and at least six third party API vendors.

Yet another data inconsistency in the BioTrackTHC system for Washington State. In this case we see the system indicate an Inventory Adjustment – but there is no corresponding record to the Inventory itself. Either the original Inventory records have been dropped from sync, or the Adjust data-set is improperly including this one. { "atype": 4, "inventoryid": "9385560946883972", "location": "412457", "new_quantity": "0.000000", "previous_quantity": "2187.902796695", "reason": "Originally entered with stems and once reprocessed to remove them, the system was not updated to reflect the loss in tonnage.

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Today we’ve observed some serious issues with the BioTrackTHC API in New Mexico. These issues clearly indicate their system is not tested or audited for integrity. If BioTrackTHC cannot tell the difference between New Mexico and Washington State how can we trust the other data in their system to properly track marijuana? Manifest with Orphaned Vendors First what we see is Manifests that indicate they’ve been delivered to Vendors that don’t exist.

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We were recently kicked off of one of our credit card processing companies. Apparently selling software to report regulatory compliance details to the state government is a high-risk business model.   Many small businesses in the legal-at-the-state-level-marijuana space are being treated in a manner that is, IMHO, inconsistent and unfair to these small businesses.   I’ve a compiled a list of companies that assist in the production, distribution and consumption of marijuana on an illegal, medical or recreational level.

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In the Marijuana Tracking (aka “Traceability”) world there is a need to keep track of all the waste. In the Washington system this Waste becomes an Inventory item which can then be renamed properly, moved into a different room and then scheduled for destruction. Those steps don’t have to happen in that exact order and maybe renaming and moving rooms could be skipped. The highly organized operations are naming and moving these items.

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Any traceability/tracking system requires some type of labeling or identifiers to be attached on or around the items in question. These can be Barcodes, Stickers, NFC, RFID or any number of other options for tagging physical objects. In Washington State specifically we are using 16 digit identifiers issued by the State. The State supplied system provides a printed label that includes a C128B barcode as well. The generated documents are PDFs designed to print on small single-shot label printers like a Zebra or Dymo.

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In Washington State, we’ve got three markets for buying marijuana. The dark-market (DMJ), medical (MMJ) and recreational (RMJ). This is causing some havoc in the space for many of the participants. For the dark-market side; where the costs to the consumer are lowest (~5-7/g) their sales have been slowing; but gradually. They already felt competition from MMJ. Consumers from the black-market can easily transition to the Recreational side but the costs are much higher.

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We’ve recently discovered a few fatal flaws in the BioTrackTHC API constructed for the WSLCB for the I-502 Traceability. This is further indication if the issues when you have a vendor with a commercial interest in direct conflict with their obligations to provide an open fair access system such as an API or State required systems. These bugs prevent anyone using the API from accepting transferred inventory or viewing a complete list of Vendors.

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