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State of CA and Metrc announce deadlines, enforcement on traceability compliance

If you’re in the California cannabis industry, you know the importance of keeping on top of traceability compliance. The rollout of the California Cannabis Track-and-Trace (CCTT-Metrc) System has been rocky, but California and Metrc are taking actions to get all cannabis businesses onboarded.


Two announcements came out this week with some important deadlines for cannabis businesses. See below.


Issue 1: Retiring of external transfers in Metrc

On January 15, 2020, Metrc will retire external transfers and temporary distributor functions. External transfers were enabled only so that temporary licensees could conduct business with provisional and annual licensees using Metrc. Temporary licenses have expired. Cannabis businesses must be credentialed and operating within Metrc.


What this means for you is that you must:

  • Complete all pending transfers from external sources before January 15

  • Download or print external manifests – you will need them for reconciliation

  • Order METRC tags now so that you will receive them before January 15


Issue 2: Use of track-and-trace system and enforcement

Licensees not conducting business in the California Cannabis Track-and-Trace (CCTT-Metrc) System will be fined or suspended by January 6, 2020. Licensees who are operational must complete all external transfers by the January 15, 2020.


The following information comes directly from the state:


“All license holders are required to conduct the commercial cannabis activity pursuant to their license within the California Cannabis Track-and-Trace (CCTT-Metrc) System. Failure to conduct your commercial cannabis activity within the CCTT system by January 6, 2020 will result in the suspension of your license.


If you have not yet completed the required Account Manager training, please register for training by visiting: California Cannabis Track and Trace Account Manager Training. Please reference your annual application number.


If you have completed the required Account Manager training, please contact Metrc support at [email protected] to complete the credentialing process.


If you are credentialed, but not yet tag enabled, please forward your existing inventory to [email protected] Your inventory should contain the following information:


  • Item Name

  • Product Type (i.e. vape cartridge, tincture, edible)

  • Weight Per Unit (i.e. 3.5 grams, 300ml, 10mg)

  • Quantity

  • Batch ID

Upon receipt and review of your inventory, the Bureau will increase your tag allotment, at which time you can log into your portal to initiate your tag order.


If you are currently credentialed and tag enabled, you are required to immediately begin working within the California Cannabis Track and Trace (CCTT) system, as well as with those annual/provisional license holders who are also working within the CCTT system.


Failure to conduct your commercial cannabis activity within the CCTT system may be grounds for disciplinary action and the suspension of your license.”


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