On May 31, 2017, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board announced that it had chosen Franwell as the Apparent Successful Vendor to replace BiotrackTHC, the state’s current marijuana traceability contractor. With Franwell scoring the highest out of the seven bids submitted, the state will now proceed by negotiating the contract with the company.
“Over the last four years we have learned a lot about this industry, including aspects to the industry that were unknown when the current traceability system was implemented. The number of changes we would like to make to the existing system is beyond the scope of our existing contract,” said Rick Garza, Director of the WSLCB, in a press release. “We need a system that will grow and flex with Washington’s maturing marijuana system.”
BioTrackTHC was awarded Washington’s original marijuana traceability contract back in 2013; however, with its contract ending this October, the company opted not to renew it, claiming that language in the state’s request for proposals likely wouldn’t satisfy the requirements of the Cole Memo, a directive outlining the federal government’s priorities in regards to marijuana enforcement, as reported by the Associated Press.
The WSLCB estimates that the state’s marijuana traceability system will transition from BiotrackTHC to METRC by Oct. 31.