Franwell and METRC Withdrawal Proposal; MJ Freeway Is Washington’s New Marijuana Traceability Software

Attention Licensees: The below message was sent yesterday by Deputy Director Peter Antolin to licensees who had written to the Board and staff regarding the marijuana traceability Apparent Successful Vendor and RFID tags.

WASHINGTON: The WSLCB will not require RFID as part of the marijuana traceability project. It’s Request for Proposal (RFP) was clear that the marijuana seed-to-sale traceability system must support a variety of tagging methodologies such as bar codes, RFID, etc. The RFP requirements did not allow a vendor to make any assumptions regarding use of a single tagging methodology or allow vendors to include any such costs affecting the state or our licensees in their proposal. In addition, unique plant and inventory identification numbers will be centrally created, maintained, and made available to third-party software systems via the API. Licensees will also be able to print their own labels, according to an WSLCB press release.

Traceability Advisory Group

As the WSLCB prepared the RFP, it engaged representatives of the major industry trade organizations., and held several meetings together to gather input and clearly communicate its intentions. At the most recent meeting held June 6, the LCB again asked that the representatives of the Traceability Advisory Group communicate with their members about this important point.

Change in Apparent Successful Vendor

The Apparent Successful Vendor (ASV) was not final until contract negotiations were complete and a contract was signed. Earlier today, the initial ASV, Franwell, withdrew its proposal for Washington State.  An ASV is the procurement term used for the highest scoring, responsive vendor.  The WSLCB today announced that second place bidder MJ Freeway is the new ASV.  WSLCB will soon schedule a product demonstration with our Traceability Advisory Group and begin contract negotiations quickly to get this project implemented.


This project is on a tight timeline. The new traceability system must be in place Oct. 31, 2017.

Green Bits Conquers Washington Cannabis Compliance Market

WASHINGTON: In episode 25 of the Investing in Cannabis Podcast, Brandon David interviews Ben Curren of Green Bits, discussing the company’s point-of-sale service designed specifically for cannabis companies. Founded on March 24, 2014, Green Bits has been growing steadily and building out its service to help canna-businesses grow and stay legal. Green Bits was also named the first runner-up at TechCrunch Disrupt, the first time in history that a cannabis technology company had been invited to participate.


Washington’s Marijuana Compliance Software At Security Risk? LCB Says No

WASHINGTON: Reports that the software powering Washington State Liquor Control Board’s I-502 Portal contained serious security vulnerability have circulated widely on Reddit and across the cannabis industry blogs in the past several weeks.

MJ News Network asked the author of that software, BioTrackTHC, to clarify.  The company CTO, Patrick Vo, passed along a note from Liquor Control Board spokesperson Brian Smith that flatly denies the reports.

We reprint the contents of that memo here, in its entirety:

From: Smith, Brian E (LCB) ‪<>‬

Date: Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 4:02 PM

Subject: LCB Follow Up

To: Patrick Vo <> 


It has been reported online that Washington State’s recreational marijuana seed-to-sale traceability system has shown potential vulnerabilities that could lead to the software system being compromised. It has also been reported that the system could be temporarily shut down.


We are confident in the security of the system. As with any steward of private data, we ensure that strenuous precautions are taken to prevent any vulnerabilities. Our vendor has scanned the system and has seen no evidence of anomalies or any breach.


The Washington State Liquor Control Board and our vendor, BioTrackTHC, were not contacted for comment or fact-checking before this story was published. We recognize that attempts to hack an organization’s software systems is commonplace in today’s society.  We will continue to ensure that the system is protected using the latest and best security practices.


Brian E. Smith

Communications Director

Washington State Liquor Control Board