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US (CA): CSU-Pueblo researches the world of cannabis, tracking methods

At Colorado State University-Pueblo, the Institute of Cannabis Research has been researching and developing alternative methods of tracking cannabis, straying away from the traditionally known seed-to-sale.

CSU-Pueblo is the home of the ICR, a research center established in 2016, dedicated to “generating new knowledge on cannabis research and its derivatives,” according to Chad Kinney, director of ICR.

Cannabis tracking is used to determine sale patterns in retail and the black market, as well as to establish the quality of cannabis and hemp used in products.

Among its variety of research topics, and alongside students of the university, the ICR has spent recent years understanding current methods of tracking cannabis. The organization is researching what these methods lack in order to develop alternatives to better understand the cannabis industry and culture in Colorado, Kinney said.

“It was a question that was posed to the director of the ICR at that time on whether something could be developed as a potential alternative to other tracking technologies,” Kinney said. “This led to the review of the literature to understand what kind of tech was out there and what might be a reasonable alternative.” 


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