Mandatory Track and Trace Forthcoming for Maine’s Medical Marijuana Program

August 4th, 2020, Licensing, Medical, Regulatory, State

Maine’s Office of Marijuana Policy (“OMP”) issued a press release today notifying participants in the medical marijuana program that mandatory seed to sale tracking will be implemented as early as the end of 2020. The specific language from the press release is as follows:

As OMP gets closer to launching the adult use program and its corresponding track and trace component, MMMP registrants should be aware that focus will begin to shift to introducing Metrc to the medical program. Additional information on the deployment of Metrc to Maine’s existing medical marijuana program and the obligations of registered caregivers, dispensaries, and manufacturing facilities will be available soon, but registrants should be prepared for the possibility of a late 2020 introduction of medical track and trace.

New medical marijuana regulations will likely be published later this summer/early fall, and we anticipate that there will be significant changes to the medical marijuana program over the next year.

Metrc Training Available for Adult Use Conditional Licensees  

Training on Metrc’s Maine platform is already available for adult use marijuana establishments. The trainings can be accessed through the Metrc website at: https://www.metrc.com/maine. The link to register appears below OMP’s logo as “Schedule Training Now”. In order to register for training, stakeholders must hold a valid OMP-issued Individual Identification Card and be associated with an establishment that has obtained a conditional license. The successful completion of Metrc’s new business training course and comprehension test by a licensee’s track and trace administrator—and the corresponding issuance of login credentials—are part of the supplemental information phase required to obtain an active license.

Once Metrc production credentials are issued, marijuana establishments will begin paying their $40/month license fee to Metrc. This monthly fee includes unlimited training and support from Metrc. 

Approved Metrc Integrators

If you run a medical or adult use marijuana business in Maine and use business level software provided by a third party vendor, you should make sure that the vendor appears on the approved Metrc integrator list for Maine. Licensees and registrants will only be authorized to share information with an approved integrator on this list once they implement the inventory tracking system.

For more information about Maine’s track and trace requirements, please contact a member of Drummond Woodsum’s Licensing and Regulatory Compliance division.