Washington state continues to make efforts towards the expansion and growth of the legal cannabis industry. From being one of the first states to legalize adult-use marijuana, to the state and local companies continuously making moves that push the industry forward, the weed business in Washington keeps on booming. Washington extends help yet again by scrapping its contract with expensive, third-party cannabis seed-to-sale traceability provider, Leaf Data Systems by Akerna.
Contrarily, Washington state will replace Akerna’s platform with a much more simplified system. It will be ran by the state and developed in-house. This will help to remove barriers such as extremely high costs to use. The state had been paying Akerna $50,000 per month for their subscription services.
This also may help eliminate other problems that cannabis companies have ran into with such systems. This includes errors in the system such as it completely going down, or even inaccurate data and tracking. Many systems require extensive training for staff due to the complicated nature.
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Washington State Continues to be a Pioneer in the Cannabis Industry
This marks Washington state as the first in the U.S. to do anything like this within a cannabis program. Indeed, this is an incredibly important task as they are overseeing the whole cannabis supply chain, from seed to sale. Cannabis Central Reporting System, which is what the state has named the system, intends to cut down errors, as well as reduce unnecessary complexity.
In general, this move is a positive one because we have these heavyweight traceability systems in the cannabis space from an overabundance of caution and a lingering stigma of cannabis as the ‘devil’s lettuce.’Gregory Foster, part of the advisory committee by the Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board
Since Washington is well-respected as a pioneer and leader in the cannabis industry, it is expected that other states may follow suit. This not only affects the overall cannabis program in the state, but also the private providers that currently offer these systems. For more information, visit the state’s website.