On Friday, Feb. 25, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) sent out an email notifying commercial license holders of the new Metrc™ Seed-to-Sale Tracking system onboarding deadline.
The email stated, “The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA), Metrc and Plaintiffs reached an agreement allowing Oklahoma’s seed-to-sale system to move forward.
The Agreed Order, filed Friday [Feb. 25th] in Oklahoma County District Court, lifts the restraining order that blocked OMMA from implementing a seed-to-sale tracking and tagging system for the medical marijuana industry. Metrc, a co-defendant with OMMA in the now-vacated restraining order, is OMMA’s contractor for the program.
All medical marijuana commercial licensees have until Thursday, May 26 (90 days) to become compliant with the Metrc seed-to-sale tracking system.
According to the Agreed Order signed by District Judge Natalie Mai:
1) Licensed medical marijuana businesses have until May 26 to comply with the Metrc seed-to-sale tracking system.
2) Dispensaries have until Wednesday, Aug. 24 to sell or legally dispose of untagged medical marijuana products in their inventory .
3) OMMA must conduct at least five online seminars by May 26 to educate licensees on the new seed-to-sale system.
4) OMMA will ensure adequate Call Center staff is on hand to respond to questions about seed-to-sale program implementation.
OMMA will soon provide updates on the implementation of the seed-to-sale tracking system. Commercial licensees will be notified of updates regarding the implementation by email, and through updates on the OMMA website and social media channels. More details can be found on the seed to sale page of the OMMA website in the coming days.
Licensees with questions about how to use the Metrc system can call the Metrc Call Center at 877-566-6506.”
The extra layer of compliance will add a layer of cost onto products where customers may see a price increase on their favorite products. Some licenses will not want to bear the cost and burden, while others are happy to see a level of enforcement that allows the government oversight to slow down product diversion to the illicit market.
By B Le Grand