It’s important that new operators understand Metrc, the state tracking system that California mandated all operators within the licensed cannabis supply chain adopt in January of 2020. As cannabis products move through the licensed supply chain, each licensee is responsible for a different level of reporting to the state using Metrc regarding the status of the cannabis product. All cannabis plants are required to be tagged with a unique number and tracked as it moves to other license holders, starting at the farm:

  • Cultivators tag plants with a Metrc tag as soon as it’s a foot tall.
  • Manufacturers then transform the plant into various products (edibles, tinctures, etc), or simply sort and package the flower.
  • Lab testing checks to ensure it is not contaminated by pesticides, mold, or other unwanted pollutants.
  • Distribution then transports the products to retailers (delivery operators, microbusinesses and retail storefront dispensaries).
  • Retailers then scan that number before it’s sold to the customer.
  • Lab testing checks to ensure it is not contaminated by pesticides, mold, or other unwanted pollutants.
  • Distribution then transports the products to retailers (delivery operators, microbusinesses and retail storefront dispensaries).
  • Retailers then scan that number before it’s sold to the customer.