An effective track-and-trace system that gives the Government a digital footprint of every ganja plant in the medical marijuana industry is a critical part of any regulatory programme, says technology solutions specialist Alex Spelman.
A track-and-trace system is a software commonly used to monitor regulated goods such as alcohol and tobacco. It allows regulators to monitor every move of a product from inception right until the consumer purchases it. In the cannabis industry, track-and-trace systems are seen as a must-have regulatory tool that tags and tracks each plant as well as each by-product of that plant such as edibles or oils. Its biggest advantage is having a digital trail of every plant and product in the regulated system, which ensures that ganja from the illicit market does not enter the regulated market and vice versa.
“I think every government needs a track-and-trace system that is going to ensure visibility, accountability, and consistency,” said Spelman, vice-president of business development for SICPA, a Switzerland-based technology firm.