MainStem Expands Network Of Integrated Cannabis Software Partners

WASHINGTON: MainStem has announced signed affiliate agreements with Flourish and Weedtraqr, two leading technology providers of enterprise supply chain and inventory management systems. These seed-to-sale platforms serve cultivators, manufacturers, processors, wholesalers, distributors, and retailers in the regulated legal cannabis industry.

MainStem“We are excited to bring a value-add service into our technology suite,” said Colton Griffin, CEO of Flourish Software. “We love the idea of giving our clients more features and benefits from with inside of our technology platform. Flourish already controls the purchasing and inventory management of non-cannabis inventory. It makes perfect sense that we would partner with MainStem to streamline the purchasing process and procurement needs for all non-cannabis products for our clients.”

MainStem’s proprietary technology brings product manufacturers and suppliers to cannabis businesses with their MainStem Affiliate (MAP) and MainStem Vendor (MVP) programs. The Marketplace features MainStem’s product catalog of over 10,000 ancillary products such as product packaging, retail accessories, grow supplies, and traceability equipment from a wide selection of leading industry suppliers. Access to the Marketplace is included in the software at no additional cost to customers. Users can manage payment processing, order fulfillment, order status, all directly supported and operated by MainStem’s dedicated customer service team. Marketplace customers not only experience a one-stop shopping convenience but can also compare pricing and manage orders from multiple suppliers in a single purchasing platform.

“In the cannabis industry, seed-to-sale applications are the technological backbone that helps these businesses thrive. MainStem brings value and convenience to end users with resources they need to help run their businesses. For that reason, we vet our potential software partners to make sure the MainStem Marketplace will be valuable to the people using it,” said Liam Sweeney, MainStem Director of Business Development.

WeedTraQR Seed-to-Sale Software Certified For Oregon

WASHINGTON: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has approved WeedTraQR cannabis seed-‐to‐sale tracking software as a validate software provider for Oregon’s recreational marijuana program. The Seattle-based company has developed a platform that is compatible for integration with Oregon’s Cannabis Tracking System (CTS) to meet the inventory traceability needs of the state’s producer, processor, wholesaler, and research.

Operational for over two years in neighboring Washington, with a rapidly expanding roster of clients, WeedTraQR lends proven expertise and hard‐earned credibility to Oregon’s fledgling system. WeedTraQR’s software will allow recreational cannabis producers, processors, and wholesalers to electronically transmit complete and accurate inventory and sales data into the state’s mandatory CTS, saving time and reducing the risk of error.

All OLCC recreational marijuana licensees must participate in Oregon’s CTS; they can choose an approved third-party provider to integrate company sales and inventory data with the state’s system. One of only four providers validated for use by producers and processors, WeedTraQR pragmatically solves the inventory‐tracking requirement in this early industry stage, turning traceability from burden to competitive advantage by supplying clients with data analytics and other operational resources.

WeedTraQR claims to be the first ‘meta’ traceability software, reporting to the CTS in both Washington (BioTrackTHC) and Oregon (Metrc), making it an appealing option for companies with national aspirations and for those who currently license products in multiple states who want a consistent interface for all facilities.

Touted by Washington’s recreational industry as the easiest‐to‐use, most efficient and responsive inventory platform in the cannabis space, WeedTraQR will focus on producers and processors in Oregon and will also support wholesale and research licensees.

“We like that we’re taking  a platform agnostic, commodity equipment, agile SaaS model to the cannabis industry. It’s a major advantage to be able to run your grow or processing facility traceability from any mobile device, like a tablet or your smart phone, ”  said company co-founder Eric Ogden.  “We’re technology disruptors. We’re unique in that we’re aligned  with the industry first, while providing competent  and reliable governmental support and reporting.”

Spokane’s First Cannabis Job Fair Draws Huge Crowds

WASHINGTON: Nearly 900 eager job seekers turned out for Spokane’s first ever cannabis job fair this past weekend, many of them lining up as early as 7:30 to drop their resumes off and meet some of eastern Washington’s leading cannabis industry employers.

Organized by the Marijuana Business Association, and presented by Washington NORML and the Islander, MJBA Job Fair Spokane was held at the Spokane Convention Center and featured employers and exhibitors included leading cultivators Washington’s Finest Cannabis, Blue Roots Cannabis, Triple T Farms, Kush Comfort Farms, and Buddy Boy, who were looking for trimmers and agricultural help; leading cannabis brands including Evergreen Herbal, Cannabis Training Institute, 420MEDIA, Analytically Correct, Mosaic Insurance, PayQwick, BioTrackTHC, Miller Soils, WeedTraQR, and Dope Magazine.

The Inlander publisher Ted McGregor delivered the keynote address, using the occasion to look back on the first year of Washington legal cannabis (the state’s first recreational shops opened on July 8, 2014).  Ted gave a shout out to Spokane resident Mike Boyer, the first recreational pot consumer in the state who subsequently lost his job after a workplace drug test confirm his legal consumption, who was in attendance at the fair optimistically seeking employment opportunities.  He drew parallels between the end of alcohol prohibition and today’s unravelling of the failed war on drugs.

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Business Intelligence expert Joe Armes, Analytically Correct, preceded the keynote, and delivered the MJ Research Jobs Report in which Analytically Correct estimates WA State recreation cannabis direct industry jobs to be 3,000 – 4,000 by the end of 2015 and 5,000 – 6,000 by the end of 2016.

MJ Research Jobs Report

MJ Research Jobs Report

420MEDIA and Kerri Accardi were in the house, hosting an open casting call for their upcoming web series, Hmm…Did You know.   A panel of cannabis cultivators from Washington’s Finest Cannabis, Farmer Tom Organics, Kush Comfort Farms talked about careers as a pot farmer.  Other featured speakers included Luc Nelson, Cannabis Training Institute; Kevin Oliver, Washington NORML; Melissa Braddock, Eden Labs; Norm Ives, Mosaic Insurance; Dan McMahon, BioTrackTHC, Aubrey Armes, Analytically Correct HR; Eric Ogden, WeedTraQR; Isaac Curtis, UFCW; Crystal Oliver, Washington’s Finest Cannabis; Terry Polyak, PayQwick; Kerri Accardi, 420MEDIA; Heather Gehrman, Evergreen Herbal; and Jon Hofer, RMMC Consulting.

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Software Wars Slings And Arrows, Cease And Desist

WASHINGTON: MJ News Network has been reporting on the ongoing software wars between participants in the cannabis compliance, or so called “traceability” or “seed to sale” software arena.

Last week we reported on widespread accusations in social media that the official LCB portal, whose use is mandated for all licensees, contained security flaws — a charge the LCB flatly denied.

This week, following a meeting of the Marijuana Business Association in Seattle, MJ News Network was contacted by WeedTraqr, with accusations that BioTrackTHC, the author of the official LCB software, of “hacking” their system in a blog post on the company site. After attorneys for BioTrackTHC contacted WeedTraqr, the accusatory post was removed, but WeedTraQR’s Eric Ogden remains defiant:

Hi David, …so last night after MJBA BioTrackTHC tried to hack WeedTraQR. David [Busby] wrote a blog about this… We only have a couple hundred followers on our FB page and I was hoping you might share or at least ‘like’ our blog post… Check it out! Thanks! Eric
checking it out now.

They sent a cease and desist letter about 20 minutes ago claiming we are libelous! …we have documented proof of their hack attempt…
I read your blog.

before we had to pull it?
what will you do about the “cease and desist” demand from BioTrackTHC?

They faxed a letter from their attorney in FLA claiming our blog was libelous and demanding a cease and desist.

so we pulled the blog and posted a public response with documentation of the hack

We’ll get an attorney to respond. It’s not libelous if it’s true and we have proof

Attorney recommendation?
Chat Conversation End
MJ News Network contacted BioTrackTHC’s COO Patrick Vo, who passed along a copy of the response that he sent to WeedTraQR management:

WeedTraQR Management,

If you feel that you have been the victim of an internet crime, BioTrackTHC strongly advises that you contact the FBI’s Seattle office at 206-622-0460 so that the authorities can get involved and get to the bottom of this and so you can leave BioTrackTHC out of your problems. 

The information that you have provided thus far suggests that the attack came from Seattle by a user using the Google Chrome browser on a Mac OSX operating system.  TJ Ferraro is in Fort Lauderdale and uses the FireFox browser on Linux Slackware.  On top of that, to think that TJ would use his @biotrackthc email address in an attack is laughable.  It appears that your site allows anyone, even a six-year-old in another country, to sign-up with any email address they choose without an email verification process. 

We can assure you that BioTrackTHC was in no way involved in any attempted “hack”, and your continued baseless insinuations will not be tolerated and legal remedies will be pursued to the fullest extent possible.