AUGUSTA – The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy has signed a six-year contract for marijuana seed-to-sale tracking services with Florida-based Metrc LLC.
Metrc is a cloud-based software product that will use radio-frequency identification tags to track the growth and distribution of marijuana and marijuana products in Maine.
The state had originally chosen another company but that contract was terminated in December.
Because of the switch in providers, the state and Metrc will be hosting “regional roadshows” over the next several months to educate stakeholders about how the program will run.
Metrc already serves as the” track and trace” provider for thirteen states and the District of Columbia.
According to a release regarding the new six-year, $540,000 contract, Metrc also will offer online trainings and evaluations before issuing credentials to prospective licensees.
The statement says adult-use license holders will be charged $40 monthly to access Metrc’s online system, and plant tags will be 45 cents each, and packaging label fees will be 25 cents each.
The release also says legal adult-use retail sales, approved by voters in 2016, are “expected to occur this spring.”