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 products through the cannabis supply chain. In order comply with California regulations, all cannabis cultivators 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) 

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, but there are many actions that can be performed in Metrc but are not compliant with state regulations. It’s important to get familiar with these regulations and take ownership of your own compliance in order to understand what actions are compliant and which are not.

Metrc Integrated Software

Like many software applications, Metrc has an application programming interface (API) that permits other software systems to connect to their system.

Metrc-integrated software can offer a better user experience and, often, additional value to the user. Metrc-integrated software can be appealing to cannabis operators if it helps streamline the process of Metrc reporting while also providing other features or ‘upgrades’. A more user-friendly interface, better customer support and most important – the synthesis of your data to help you make smarter business decisions.

Metrc-integrated software, like Trym, can also prevent users from creating and reporting actions that aren’t compliant, but that Metrc allows. Save time and increase efficiency with a software like Trym.

We did the research so you can save time and stay complaint.

Knowing that there’re few resources available for Metrc education, we set out out to create an easy-to-read Metrc Guide just for cultivators. For tips, tricks and workflows on how to grow that fine cannabis, compliantly, Get a copy of our Metrc Guide here.

Hear what readers of our guide are saying:

“Thank you for the handy Metrc guide. It’s a lovely piece of work and great value to help me give my farm managers an easy overview.”

“I am all around impressed with how well you convey how Metrc works.” 

Get your copy of The California Growers Guide to Metrc.

CalCannabis

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 CalCannabis@cdfa.ca.gov or call:
1-833-CALGROW (1-833-225-4769).

Resources

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