Positive news on the REC implementation front can, perhaps unfairly, be tough to find. But more than six months into its implementation, California’s seed-to-sale tracking system is coming online with relative eaze.
Or has it?
Dissatisfied industry voices complain that the Metrc system‘s incomplete contents make track- and-trace compliance a pointless government mandate, for now.
- The sense of track-and-trace as merely symbolic stems from the state’s licensing difficulties. Not every licensed company has started to use the systen – only those with provisional or annual licenses.
- Terra Carver, executive director of the Humboldt County Growers Alliance, has the mic-drop description: “Track-and-trace is like going to the dentist. You don’t want to do it, but you have to.”
- Companies have hired full-time staff to navigate the system.