Track-and-Trace is referred to in all of the state regulations. Cannabis operators are familiar with both the terms “track-and-trace” and “Metrc” and frequently use them interchangeably. The California Cannabis Track-and-Trace system (CCTT) is required for all state-issued annual licensees to record the inventory and movement of cannabis and cannabis products through the commercial cannabis supply chain.
What is the California Cannabis Track-and-Trace System?
California selected Metrc as the state’s track-and-trace system used to track commercial cannabis activity and movement across the distribution chain. Licensees are required to submit data to the state’s cannabis tracking system, and will be required to maintain records and logs as identified in the regulations set forth by the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).
Why is Track-and-Trace important?
- Provides data and credibility to items
- Detailed inventory management
- Better analytics and reporting
- Encourages regulatory compliance
- Bureau of Cannabis Control/CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing/Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch all provide regulatory stipulations across all verticals
Gaiaca and Track-and-Trace
Cannabis waste is an important component of track-and-trace because disposal and destruction of cannabis goods must be accounted for. You can learn more about BCC, CDPH, and CDFA-specific cannabis waste track-and-trace requirements via the posts below: