The California Cannabis Track-and-Trace System serves to ensure compliant supply chain management within all verticals of the cannabis industry. All three State regulatory agencies reference this system in their regulations. The California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) is the lead agency in regulating all cannabis licenses in California. They are responsible for licensing retailers, distributors, testing labs, microbusinesses, and temporary cannabis events. Here’s what you need to know about cannabis waste, Track-and-Trace, and the BCC.

BCC Regulatory Compliance: Track-and-Trace

Cannabis Waste and Track-and-Trace

The destruction and disposal of cannabis goods must be recorded into the California Cannabis Track-and-Trace system. For each activity recorded into the system, the following information must be recorded: Name and type of the cannabis goods, unique identifier of the cannabis goods, amount of cannabis goods, by weight or count, date and time of the activity or transaction and name and license number of other licensees involved in the activity or transaction. Additional information that must be recorded in the event of destruction and disposal includes the name of the employee performing the destruction or disposal, the reason for destruction or disposal, the name of the entity being used to collect and process cannabis waste, pursuant to section 5055.

BCC Track-and-Trace Regulations (included below)

Full Text of BCC Regulations

5049. Track and Trace Reporting (all license types)

(a) A licensee shall record in the track and trace system, all commercial cannabis activity, including any:

(1) Packaging of cannabis goods.

(2) Sale of cannabis goods.

(3) Transportation of cannabis goods to a licensee.

(4) Receipt of cannabis goods.

(5) Return of cannabis goods.

(6) Destruction and disposal of cannabis goods.

(7) Laboratory testing and results.

(8) Any other activity as required pursuant to this division, or by any other licensing authority.

(b) The following information shall be recorded for each activity entered in the track and trace system:

(1) Name and type of cannabis goods.

(2) Unique identifier of the cannabis goods.

(3) Amount of cannabis goods, by weight or count.

(4) Date and time of the activity or transaction.

(5) Name and license the number of other licensees involved in the activity or transaction.

(6) If cannabis goods are being transported:

(A) The licensee shall transport pursuant to a shipping manifest generated through the track and trace system, that includes items (1) through (5) of this subsection, as well as:

(i) The name, license number, and premises address of the originating licensee.

(ii) The name, license number, and premises address of the licensee transporting the cannabis goods.

(iii) The name, licensee number, and premises address of the destination licensee receiving the cannabis goods into inventory or storage.

(iv) The date and time of departure from the licensed premises and the approximate date and time of departure from each subsequently licensed premises, if any.

(v) Arrival date and estimated time of arrival at each licensed premises.

(vi) Driver’s license number of the personnel transporting the cannabis goods, and the make, model, and license plate number of the vehicle used for transport.

(B) Upon pick-up or receipt of cannabis goods for transport, storage, or inventory, a licensee shall ensure that the cannabis goods received are as described in the shipping manifest, and shall record acceptance and acknowledgment of the cannabis goods in the track and trace system.

(C) If there are any discrepancies between the type or quantity specified in the shipping manifest and the type or quantity received by the licensee, the licensee shall record and document the discrepancy in the track and trace system and in any relevant business record.

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(7) If cannabis goods are being destroyed or disposed of, the licensee shall record in the track and trace system the following additional information:

(A) The name of the employee performing the destruction or disposal.

(B) The reason for destruction or disposal.

(C) The name of the entity being used to collect and process cannabis waste, pursuant to section 5055.

(8) Description for any adjustments made in the track and trace system, including, but not limited to:

(A) Spoilage or fouling of the cannabis goods.

(B) Any event resulting in exposure or compromise of the cannabis goods.

(9) Any other information as required pursuant to this division, or by any other applicable licensing authorities.

(c) Unless otherwise specified, all transactions must be entered into the track and trace system by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, on the day the transaction occurred.

(d) Licensees shall only enter and record complete and accurate information into the track and trace system and shall correct any known errors entered into the track and trace system immediately upon discovery.

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