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"We look forward to implementing and sustaining a sophisticated technology solution for the growing Washington market. We are confident that Leaf Data Systems will meet the needs of regulators and operators alike to effectively track cannabis, prevent diversion, and ensure consumer, public, and product safety," said Amy Poinsett , MJ Freeway’s Co-founder and CEO. "It’s an honor to serve Washington’s progressive cannabis industry at the regulatory level and we are proud to continue to support business owners in the successful management of their operations."

DENVER , June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — MJ Freeway, the cannabis industry’s leading provider of seed-to-sale traceability solutions, has been named the Apparent Successful Vendor (ASV) from The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) to implement Leaf Data Systems™ – a secure, web-based regulatory platform developed by MJ Freeway to enable governments to effectively and efficiently monitor compliance by licensed cannabis businesses.

In 2010 MJ Freeway pioneered seed-to-sale cannabis tracking – the model on which Leaf Data Systems is based – and the Company now provides tracking technology to cannabis businesses in every regulated market in the United States , Canada , Europe , South America , and Australia . The Leaf Data Systems platform has already been selected by the State of Nevada and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as their cannabis track-and-trace systems.

About MJ Freeway:
MJ Freeway® is the industry-leading software, consulting, and data solution for cannabis businesses, processing $5B in cannabis sales transactions and serving clients in every regulated market in the United States , Canada , Europe , and Australia . Founded in 2010 and designed and built specifically for cannabis businesses, MJ Freeway’s technology includes a patented seed-to-sale supply chain ERP Platform which leverages sophisticated business intelligence insights. MJ Freeway’s Leaf Data Systems technology solution enables governments to track cannabis, prevent diversion and ensure patient, public, and product safety. MJ Freeway also offers a complete suite of consulting services for cannabis businesses. For more information, call 888-932-6537 or visit mjfreeway.com.

System implementation will begin in June 2017 and is expected to be fully implemented by November 2017 . The system will include in-depth training workshops to prepare cannabis operators for a successful transition to MJ Freeway’s service.

To date, 33 states, Washington, D.C., and several U.S territories permit medical cannabis, and 11 allow for adult-use sales with more likely on the way in 2020. While laws and regulations vary from state to state, nearly all require compliance with seed to sale tracking and testing regulations. This is why cloud-based, seed to sale tracking software for cultivators is a fundamental part of the new cannabis marketplace.

You might be wondering how a company can track a seed or young plant (typically a clone from a mother plant). The answer is simple; labels or tags with identifying barcodes or QR codes are placed on the containers containing the seeds. Most commercial growers rely on clones, not seeds when planting their crops. As the plant matures, a tag may be hung on the plant itself and some states mandate this step. For indoor grows, many states require tracking the plant even when moved from room to room during the growth cycle. Mobile scanning/reading devices are commonly used by employees in the field or indoor cultivation or manufacturing facilities. For its clients, BLAZE offers the rugged and dependable Durascan portable device for scanning barcodes. The label or tag with the barcode or QR code then follows the plant through the entire supply chain. If the harvested plant is processed into vape oil, a tincture, an edible, a topical, or other cannabis product, the code stays with it to ensure the tracking chain remains unbroken.

How Does Seed to Sale Tracking Work?

Tracking data is of immense value to dispensaries. Up to date inventory management, customer trends, and marketing strategies are critical to managing a dispensary. Savvy owners will want to make use of any data that helps them improve sales and educate customers. In many ways, cannabis data management is BLAZING new paths for supply chain management in other industries, and we’re proud to be at the forefront of that effort.

Illicit cannabis producers and sellers do not care or abide by tracking or testing regulations. While consumers may save money buying underground cannabis, the recent vape crisis is a perfect example of the potential health risks. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the untested, underground, and illegal counterfeit vape products contained Vitamin E acetate which severely damages the lungs when heated and inhaled. Legal vape sales plummeted and hopefully will recover in 2020. People died, and the untracked, illegal products gave the entire cannabis community a black eye. Unfortunately, the incidents also provided ammunition for prohibition supporters. The seed to sale tracking ecosphere greatly reduces the risk of contaminated products from ever reaching the consumer. This is just one more reason why you should care about seed to sale tracking ⎼ your livelihood may very well depend on it.

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