Other states seed-to-sale tracking systems have troubles of their own Photo: iStock Photo
Licensed marijuana product growers and retailers have been very unhappy with Washington States new seed-to-sale marijuana tracking system that went live on 1 February.
Buggy software has kept many suppliers from shipping their products because of manifest errors and, equally, retailers from accepting their orders. While Washingtons Liquor and Cannabis Board officials have insisted that the myriad software problems are being fixed or work arounds exist for most of them, it also has disclosed that the tracking system experienced a cyber intrusion.
In a letter to licensees, the Liquor and Cannabis Board stated that on 1 February someone downloaded a copy of the traceability database, which in turn affected key operations of the tracking system in a way the Board refused to disclose. The intruder was able to access information for four days of marijuana deliveries, including delivery-vehicle information together with type, license-plate number and VIN numbers. The Liquor and Cannabis Board said that since the latter information was publicly available and no personal information was accessed, there was no need for anyone to be concerned. Retailers and growers, however, were not exactly comforted by the Boards reassurances.
Like most other states that have legalized marijuana in some form, Washington State requires that marijuana products be tracked from seed, or when its planted, to sale to a customer, so the state will have insights into the state of the market and movements of the products. The state, which allowed the retail sale of marijuana in 2014, initially used the software provided by BioTrackTHC. However, the company decided against bidding fo...