California seeks medical marijuana regulation support

California seeks medical marijuana regulation support

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) wants to get a better handle on the state’s medical marijuana business.

The CDFA said it plans to hire two vendors for two different services, according to a notice released on its website. One of the service providers will set up a statewide system from tracking medical cannabis; the other would implement a licensing system to provide the needed credentials to cultivators and nurseries.

A request for proposals has not yet been released, but the notice asked potential bidders to become familiar with the state code governing the cannabis industry and the organization’s RFP template.

Businesses that provide inventory tracking, compliance and security support to California’s medical marijuana industry have grown up alongside the state’s dispensaries and grow houses.

The tracking and licensing arm has become an important part of the industry as it moves forward and wrestles with government regulation. Maine and Hawaii have worked with e-gov services provider NIC to create a watermarked certificate for marijuana patients and a statewide database of patient information.  

Colorado uses a radio frequency ID system to track marijuana throughout the state, the same way it tracks any other produce. Washington state and New Mexico, meanwhile, have started using BioTrackTHC, which tracks the product with technology similar to that used in pharmaceutical distribution.

About the Author

Matt Leonard is a reporter/producer at GCN.

Before joining GCN, Leonard worked as a local reporter for The Smithfield Times in southeastern Virginia. In his time there he wrote about town council meetings, local crime and what to do if a beaver dam floods your back yard. Over the last few years, he has spent time at The Commonwealth Times, The Denver Post and WTVR-CBS 6. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received the faculty award for print and online journalism.

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