The Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Reporting & Compliance (METRC) inventory tracking system is an integral part the Marijuana Control Board and AMCO’s responsibility to ensure that marijuana and marijuana products can be tracked in the regulated market. Every Alaska marijuana establishment licensee is required to participate in the marijuana inventory tracking system.
METRC LLC is responsible for the technical and operational components of the marijuana inventory tracking system; the Marijuana Control Board is responsible for statutory and regulatory issues relating to the tracking system and the AMCO is responsible for overseeing, investigating and reporting to the board any issues arising from the operation of the tracking system.
Metrc LLC provides licensees with training sessions and webinars to provide a thorough understanding of METRC's Track and Trace System. Prospective licensees will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of METRC's Track and Trace System as part of the Marijuana Control Board’s licensing process.
We hope you will use the information and tools found here and on the AMCO website to become successful licensees in Alaska’s new marijuana industry.
Erika McConnell, Director, AMCO
Q: What company did the Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office (AMCO) contract with for its marijuana inventory tracking system?
A: The State of Alaska, AMCO has entered into a contract with Metrc LLC to provide a marijuana inventory tracking solution. The solution is called Metrc.
Q: Does Metrc have any experience in this industry?
A: Metrc provides marijuana inventory tracking solutions to both Colorado and Oregon and has been providing supply chain solutions since 1993.
Q:Why did the State of Alaska contract with Metrc LLC to provide this service?
A: Metrc LLC became the State’s contractor through a Request for Proposals (RFP) point-based evaluation process.
Q: Where can I find a copy of the Request for Proposal (RFP)?
A: You can find the RFP on the State of Alaska’s Vendor Self Service (VSS) web page found here: VENDOR SELF SERVICES (VSS). Type the word “Marijuana” in the Keyword Search and the RFP will appear. It’s titled “Marijuana Inventory Control Tracking System (MICTS) RFP: 160000039”.
Click on “Details”, then “Attachments”, then “Marijuana Inventory Control Tracking”.
Q: What is the name of the system used by Metrc LLC?
A: Metrc LLC's solution for the State of Alaska is called METRC.
Q: How does the system work?
A: METRC is a hosted, real-time system that uses serialized tags with barcode, human-readable and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags attached to every plant, and labels attached to wholesale packages to track marijuana inventory. Each tag is attached to a plant to facilitate tracking through different stages of growth, as well the drying and curing processes.
Q: Is there a cost to licensees to use METRC? If so what are they?
A: Yes. Metrc charges $40 per month and per license for access to METRC and for ongoing training, support and maintenance. Tags cost $0.45 apiece for plants and $0.25 apiece for package tags.
Q: Do I have to use METRC? What if I want to use my own inventory control system?
A: You must use METRC to track your marijuana, but you can use your own Point-of-Sale software. Metrc LLC will provide an Application Programming Interface (API) to customers who wish to use a third-party inventory management system. Each licensee is responsible for ensuring their ability to interface with the state procured system. All licensees will be required to use the tags supplied by Metrc LLC.
Q: Will other licensees be able to see my inventory information?
A: No. Licensees will only be able to access their own information through METRC. They will not be able see any information about any other licensee.
Q:When will the marijuana inventory tracking system be implemented?
A: The system is scheduled to be implemented on May 23rd, 2016.
Q:How will we learn to use the system?
A: METRC will initially conduct live, in person training for the industry and will also offer webinar trainings three times per week, 50 weeks per year. They will provide written training manuals and will continue to conduct live training sessions in perpetuity, either in person or through webinar.
Q: What if I have technical issues after the system has deployed?
A: Metrc LLC has a dedicated team of support staff who will be available to resolve any technical support issues. The support desk can be contacted via phone or email.