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Tracking legal pot in Washington

The state will soon begin issuing licenses to legal pot producers and sellers. But to keep marijuana from being sold illegally and being taken out of state, the Liquor Control Board wants to know, down to the leaf, where all of this new product is going.

BioTrackTHC, a Florida company, has designed a software system to track marijuana from seed to sale.

“This is not just plant tracking, this is not just seed to harvest,” said Patrick Vo, CFO at BioTrackTHC. “This is from the moment a marijuana plant is created all the way to point of sale to the consumer.”


Each plant, each strain is given a unique bar code that can be traced and followed by individual pot businesses and the state.

That’s important to the State Liquor Control Board, which is under pressure from the feds to make sure recreational pot in our state can be traced, and is not diverted to the black market, sold to minors, or goes out of state.

“The Department of Justice was very clear with the state that this product can not be diverted,” said Brian Smith, with the Liquor Control Board. “If Washington’s laboratory experiment is going to go forward with this legalized recreational marijuana, you’re going to have to control it.”

The state is now working with BioTrackTHC to create a system that will do that. They say when it’s in place, it can record growth, weight and strain of the plants, and even the route and time it takes to transport to a retail store.

It will be the first system of its type in the US, and could lay the groundwork for other states if and when they decide to legalize marijuana.


7 Comments to “Tracking legal pot in Washington”

    NAVYTOWN said:
    December 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Folks, this is exactly what happens when the imbeciles at the Liquor Control Board get involved with Marijuana. The best bet is to just continue buying your marijuana from your usual black-market growers/dealers.
    Government bureaucrats: Keep your hands OFF the marijuana business.

    jeff said:
    December 14, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    That's right, and the banking accounts need to stay where it is as well. The Liquor Control Board are no better than the drug dealer and the scum who are going to exhaust the legal and mental system in this state. If you can call the mental heathcare in this state a system, or lack thereof.

    jeff said:
    December 14, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Why isn't there an organization out there taking this initiative to court?

    Ted said:
    December 14, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    “Washingtons laboratory experiment”, ,,, And this guy is in charge? (jesus)

    Ted said:
    December 14, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Regulation is money, corporations are people, money is speech.

    Ted said:
    December 14, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Mmmmmm,…Romulan White…….

    Etido said:
    December 15, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    How much do you make off the black market Navytown?

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