with metrc


What is metrc

Metrc is software that serves as a reporting tool to track cannabis production and products from ‘seed to sale’ in the legalized cannabis industry for commercial growers. Metrc has been selected by a large number of states to facilitate cannabis compliance data reporting, although each state has slightly different reporting requirements based on their unique regulations.

Metrc stands for Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Reporting & Compliance. According to Franwell, the company who owns Metrc, Metrc intends to create safety and transparency for consumers in the cannabis industry. But transparency and safety are good for cannabis companies as well, even if complying can be a pain.

Metrc collects data on cannabis material via unique identifier numbers (UIDs) on growing marijuana plants and the resulting packages of cannabis products. As they change hands in the supply chain, each transfer is recorded. The point is to be able to easily retrace the steps and account for any discrepancies – also known as ‘traceability’.

Track and Trace

What ‘Track and Trace’ really means, is that the state wants a record of your plant’s lives from start to finish. Think about it like this: if a cannabis product, like a vape concentrate, makes someone very ill, a recall will have to be performed. Without something like the Metrc system in place, there would be no way to identify where the remaining product in question exist.

Growers Guide
To Metrc

We did the research so you can save time and stay complaint. Ever notice the lack of Metrc resources available for cultivators? We felt there was room for improvement, so we set out out to create an easy-to-read Guide just for growers.


Metrc guide for growers

What Exactly Is
tracked in metrc?

What are Metrc and state regulators interested in tracking, beyond each plant? In simple terms, it’s the activities, growth phases and plant movements – whether it’s to a different room, into waste, or onto an extraction lab or retail store.

Cannabis plants, in all of their growth phases, are tracked with Metrc tags that include:

plant identification number
(along with a scannable barcode)

application identifier
(medical or recreational)

tag order date

license number

facility name

What Is A UID?

A UID, which stands for Unique Identifier, is simply an alphanumeric code used to identify a specific plant or cannabis product/by-product. In Metrc, products and by-products are referred to as “items”.

There are two types of tagged inventory in Metrc: Plants and Packages.

Metrc Plant Tags

Plant tags are used to identify individual and batches of plants depending on where they currently are in their growth cycle. These tags signify the plant location in inventory. Regular plant counts are necessary to ensure accurate inventory control and identify any discrepancies between inventory and the facility.

Metrc Package Tags

Packages are groups of “items” that are prepared for transfer or sale to other licensees. Any amount of cannabis or cannabis product that may be sold, manufactured or transferred out of inventory, must be placed into one or more packages. Each package must have a distinct UID (package tag).

Metrc Michigan

Metrc State Resources

The resources below are to help growers find information on Metrc in their state. Click on the State name to be taken to all the links and contact information you might need.

METRc benefits

Metrc is a cannabis inventory and traceability software that offers various benefits to its users. Benefits include:

  • Compliance: software helps users adhere to state and local regulations on the production and sale of cannabis. Reduces the risk of legal repercussions in the form of penalties and fines.
  • Transparency: throughout the supply chain, covering all stages from seed to sale. Tracking is implemented to guarantee the safety and quality of the product.
  • Inventory Management: real-time inventory management for tracking products accurately throughout the cultivation and sales process. The implementation of this method results in decreased waste and increased efficiency in inventory management.
  • Reporting: comprehensive reporting features that enable users to easily access and evaluate significant data related to their operations.
  • Advanced Security: employs advanced security technologies to safeguard sensitive data and maintain user privacy.

how metrc helps cultivators with compliance

One of the key advantages of using Metrc for cannabis cultivation businesses is its emphasis on compliance. The software provides real-time tracking and reporting capabilities, making it simple for cultivators to demonstrate regulatory compliance.

This includes tracking the entire lifecycle of a plant, from seed to sale, and ensuring that all transactions are properly recorded and reported. Cultivation businesses can access the data that state regulators require to verify compliance, minimizing the risk of penalties and fines.

Metrc also stays up-to-date with the latest regulations, making it easier for cultivators to understand changing rules and make the necessary updates to their operations. This proactive approach to compliance helps to ensure that cultivation businesses remain successful. 


What type of data does Metrc provide to cannabis businesses?

Metrc is designed to provide cannabis businesses with valuable data, allowing them to make informed decisions about their operations. Some of the key types of data that Metrc provides include:

  1. Inventory Management Data: Metrc provides real-time information on the quantity, location, and status of a business’s cannabis inventory, making it easier to manage stock levels and reduce waste.
  2. Sales Data: Metrc tracks all sales transactions, providing valuable insights into dispensaries’ customer behavior and purchasing patterns. This data can be used to improve sales strategies and boost revenues.
  3. Cultivation Data: Metrc provides data on the growth and movement of cannabis plants, including information on planting, harvesting, and curing. 
  4. Compliance Data: Metrc provides a record of all compliance activities, including tracking of plants and products, reporting of sales transactions, and adherence to state and local regulations. This data can demonstrate compliance and reduce the risk of penalties and fines.
  5. Reporting Data: Metrc provides some reporting capabilities to produce reports that can help identify areas for improvement and make informed decisions about the future of the business.

By utilizing the data provided by Metrc, cannabis businesses can gain a deeper understanding of their operations and make smarter, data-driven decisions.

TRym is metrc-integrated


Metrc is a limited reporting tool that that communicates to the state per regulatory requirements. It’s tedious plant tracking and data entry but offers little insights in return. Trym was developed to address the lack of features in Metrc.

Trym integrates with Metrc’s API (application programming interface) to interface with their cannabis regulatory system. Many 3rd party software elect to build a Metrc integration in order to improve the process of reporting compliance data.

Trym allows cultivators to report nearly every Metrc event and offers a better user experience, with added features and value. Our customers rarely have to go into Metrc.

However, due to Metrc’s API limitations, operators do have to enter certain actions directly into Metrc. This applies to all 3rd party software. 


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"Trym's customer support is by far the best . . . maybe the most it has taken is 5 minutes. They are on top of it . . . especially when dealing with compliance and Metrc."

Lois Fox, Operations Manager, Candy Paint

compliance support

"Trym's customer support is by far the best . . . maybe the most it has taken is 5 minutes. They are on top of it . . . especially when dealing with compliance and Metrc."

Lois Fox, Operations Manager, Candy Paint

Beyond Metrc

Trym facilitates Metrc reporting while providing a more intuitive interface, additional features, and top-notch customer support. Trym will keep you compliant while reducing labor hours and providing insights that help you improve production and profitability.

Trym is Metrc-integrated across the US and acts as a full compliance and cultivation system for growers. In addition to Metrc compliance, Trym offers a unique combination of features like crop steering, hardware and sensors, team management, chat, and harvest analytics. 


Metrc Generic User Guide