On April 20, 2017, Pennsylvania’s Department of Health reported that it has chosen a cannabis tracking vendor to track medical cannabis from seed-to-sale. According to Philadelphia Daily News, software company MJ Freeway agreed to a $10.4 million contract to track the state’s medical cannabis.
In announcing the news, Karen Murphy, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, called the contract, “an important step forward in ensuring that we can get medical marijuana to patients who desperately need it.” Along with the tracking program, the system will also create a registry for patients and physicians who sign up for the program.
Under the seed-to-sale tracking system, the movement of cannabis will be tracked from “the planting of a seed until the plant is processed, sold to a dispensary, and then dispensed to a patient of caregiver,” as reported by the DOH. The system will assist growers and processors with the tracking of inventory and selling-prices.
Amy Poinsett, CEO of MJ Freeway, discussed the process, explaining, “No other product gets this level [of] scrutiny. Not liquor, not other agricultural products or pharmaceuticals.”
The Denver-based company was one of five bidders that sought out the multi-million dollar contract. As reported by the Philadelphia Daily News, MJ Freeway’s low-priced bid is what earned the company the contract.
The contract is a big win for the company who was the target of hack this past January. The hack resulted in the loss of data for several cannabis businesses. A spokesperson reported that the DOH was aware of the hack and understood all security issues had been “resolved.”
The news of Pennsylvania’s tracking system comes just three days after Gov. Tom Wolf and advocates celebrated the one-year anniversary of the implementation of Senate Bill 3, which legalized medical cannabis in the state.