Metrc: California

California Cannabis Track-and-Trace

In January of 2018 California launched its statewide track-and-trace program,  California Cannabis Track-and-Trace (CCTT). The program includes a mandated software system, Metrc, intended to aggregate compliance data across the state. 

All licensed cannabis businesses are required to use Metrc for tracking and reporting the activity and movement of cannabis plants and products through the cannabis supply chain. In order to remain in compliance with the state of California, all cannabis businesses must:

  1. Hold an active, annual license
  2. Register and complete Metrc training
  3. Order and receive Metrc tags
  4. Adhere to reporting requirements from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), which manages cultivation, and Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), which manages all other aspects of the supply chain

Metrc Integrated Software

One clarification we feel important to make, Metrc is not a compliance system. It’s simply a software tool that allows cannabis operators to report data to the state. This may seem like a small detail, however there are actions that can be performed in Metrc that are not compliant with California state regulations. It’s important to get familiar with these regulations and take ownership of your compliance in order to understand what actions are complaint versus not.  

Like many software applications, Metrc has an application programming interface (API) that permits other software systems to connect to their system. Metrc integrated software typically offers a better user experience and often additional value to the user. Metrc integrated software can be appealing to cannabis operators if they improve the process of Metrc reporting and bring other features or ‘upgrades’. 

Metrc integrated software, like Trym, can also prevent users from creating and reporting actions that are not compliant that even Metrc would allow. Systems like Trym can facilitate Metrc reporting while providing a more user-friendly interface, additional features, and better customer support. Trym software will keep you compliant while also saving your team hours each week. 

Metrc Master Series Webinar

We’ve partnered with our friends at Distru to bring more Metrc education and support to California cannabis operators.

Starting with a broad overview of Metrc, we break down the entire supply chain and discuss real situations affecting people today. Check out the webinar to level-up your Metrc knowledge!

Presentations by:

  • Matt Mayberry, CEO, Trym
  • Blaine Hatab, CEO, Distru
  • Wally Wong, Account Executive. Meadow

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CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing is a division within the CDFA. CalCannabis is responsible for licensing cultivators (including nurseries and processors) and implementing the state’s Track-and-Trace system to record movement of cannabis from seed to sale.

Contact Info

To reach CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing department and find out who your local contacts are, send an email to or call:
1-833-CALGROW (1-833-225-4769).


California Supplemental Guide

California Cannabis Portal

California Business Portal

CA Department of Fish & Wildlife – Cannabis Program

State Water Resources Control Board – State Water Board Cannabis Cultivation Program

California Department of Pesticide Regulation

CDFA Weights & Measures

Cultivation Plan Guide

Metrc Tags in Plants