COLORADO: On the cusp of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado, business owners and state regulators are at odds over a high-tech system that is supposed to track the substance from seed to sale.
The inventory tracking system is incompatible with software many stores already use and requires the purchase of nonreusable tags from the state’s contractor, prompting industry complaints about cost, waste and monopolization.
But state officials say their goal is to enforce the rules, and keeping things simple improves the odds of success when recreational-pot shops open Jan. 1.
“There’s a lot of misinformation out there,” said Julie Postlethwait, spokeswoman for the state Marijuana Enforcement Division. “It’s not the big bad scare everyone is expecting.”
The program Marijuana Inventory Tracking Solutions, or MITS, was supposed to be in place after the state began regulating medical marijuana in 2010. But budget shortfalls led to the program’s being mothballed.
So far, the state says it has paid about $1.2 million to its contractor, Franwell Inc. of Lakeland, Fla., to develop the tracking system. Company officials began training business owners Nov. 12 and are expected to finish this week.