US (WA): Software problems cripple marijuana industry

At least a dozen marijuana samples typically show up every day at Trace Analytics, a lab in Spokane that tests products for Washington's legal cannabis industry.

On Tuesday, a single one arrived — a symptom of the most recent problems concerning the state's "seed-to-sale" tracking system.

Software glitches with the massive database last week began preventing businesses from transporting their products, costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost sales and forcing some to furlough workers.

The issues have been a last straw for many marijuana businesses, prompting louder calls for the state to end its contract with the software vendor and to rethink the entire premise of its "traceability" program, which is intended to promote transparency in a formerly illegal industry but instead has been a source of headaches for regulators and businesses alike.

Read more at madison.com (Gene Johnson)


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