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.

Timeline

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

Three In A Row: BiotrackTHC Awarded NY State Seed-to-Sale Tracking Contract

NEW YORK: CBE Press has learned that BioTrackTHC has been awarded the exclusive contract to run New York State’s Seed-to-Sale Tracking system, which includes both the government system and the licensed enterprises in state, and is the first contract in the industry that requires the licensees to use the state’s tracking software solution.

In the three (3) previously state awarded contracts — Colorado (Franwell), and Washington and New Mexico (BioTrack THC) — state licensed producers, processors and retailers have been allowed to choose the software provider that tracks their products and uploads to the state contracted system.

According to the New York State Contract Reporter’s May 22 release, BioTrack bested Agrisoft Development Group, Franwell, Leaf Logix Technology and MJ Freeway. The purpose of the state’s Request for Proposal (RFP) is to seek a contractor to provide a cloud-hosted Seed-to-Sale Tracking Software System for New York State’s Medical Marijuana Program. This system will be utilized by organizations registered with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to cultivate, manufacture,
distribute and dispense medical marijuana in New York State, as well as provide NYSDOH the ability to access the data of each registered organization.