SIOUX FALLS, AP — The South Dakota Department of Health has hired a New York-based software company to help monitor the flow of marijuana into the state’s legal medical marijuana market.
The Argus Leader reports that the contract with Metrc was finalized this month. Metrc will use “radio frequency identification” to track cannabis from seed to sale.
The company will monitor and record the life stages of all cannabis plants and the products they end up in. The process was called as a public safety measure as part of the voter-initiated and voter-approved measure that legalized medical marijuana.
All licensed cannabis businesses in South Dakota, from dispensaries to growers, are required to participate in the Department of Health’s tracking program. They can use different software, but must interface with Metrc.
So far, the Ministry of Health has certified 32 dispensary licenses, one manufacturer’s license and 10 grower’s licenses.
Metrc’s contract with the state runs until 2027. The company will receive $320,000.
South Dakota is the 20th U.S. government entity to partner with Metrc to track seeds for sale. The company uses software to collect data from producers, testers and distributors. Data used by state regulators to ensure program rules are followed.
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