Track-and-trace system Metrc has inked a new contract with the State of Rhode Island to support the State’s regulation of medical cannabis. This is the company’s 22nd government contract to date and fifth so far in 2022.
Metrc will replace the State’s current partner and implement its track-and-trace platform to help the Rhode Island Medical Cannabis Program’s data collection and regulatory oversight. Rhode Island is the third state in which Metrc is replacing the incumbent vendor.
“As the Rhode Island Medical Cannabis Program continues to grow, we are excited to support and enhance the program through our state-of-the-art track-and-trace platform, which will enable state regulators to conveniently and securely track, store, and retrieve millions of data points from operators around the state,” said Michael Johnson, CEO at Metrc. “Our team at Metrc is looking forward to working side-by-side with Rhode Island’s Office of Cannabis Regulation and both existing and new licensees within the state to establish a safe and well-regulated medical marketplace.”
Rhode Island was an early adopter of medical cannabis, legalizing the program in 2006. Since last October, the state has awarded six new medical marijuana licenses to business owners through a lottery, which increases the number of dispensaries from three to nine, significantly expanding access to the state’s thousands of medical patients.