D.C. Program Information
The District of Columbia Department of Health’s Division of Medical Marijuana and Integrative Therapy welcomes you to the Metrc LLC Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Reporting and Compliance (METRC) webpage. METRC is essential for maintaining public health and safety.
The METRC tracking system is an important tool of the Division of Medical Marijuana and Integrative Therapy in fulfilling its responsibility to ensure that medical marijuana and its products are safely monitored from seed to sale throughout the District of Columbia.
METRC is responsible for providing the technical and operational components of the marijuana inventory tracking system; the Division of Medical Marijuana and Integrative Therapy is responsible for the overall program management, compliance and enforcement of the statutory and regulatory state framework of the medical marijuana program.
Additional information regarding medical marijuana can be found at the Division of Medical Marijuana and Integrative Therapy’s website: https://dchealth.dc.gov/service/medical-marijuana-and-integrative-therapy
We look forward to working with METRC and prospective
Q - How much will it cost for the system?
A - Metrc LLC 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 - 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 - 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.
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 - 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 - What POS systems will be available with Metrc?
A - Metrc offers an Interface called an API that allows 3rd party providers the ability to interface. More information can be located in the Validated Integratorspage above.
Q - Do I need to purchase any additional hardware such as computers, bar-code readers or RFID readers?
A - Metrc is a completely web-hosted system. That means that all access to Metrc is done via the internet and only requires an internet connection and a web browser. No additional hardware is required, and there is no software to download, install, or maintain. Bar-code and RFID readers are optional. A decision to buy such additional equipment is up to the individual licensee.
Q - How do I get training or a demo of Metrc?
A - If the you are an active employee working in an active facility within the District of Columbia, you can utilize the training sign up above. When signing up please be prepared to provide a Facility License Number, Company Name, Email, First and Last Name, Phone, and Badge Number. Metrc will offer a New Business Training class every other Tuesday from 2:00 – 5:00 PM ET. Please check back when Advanced Training Classes will be provided.
Integration & API
For third party vendors already validated in Maryland, please follow steps 3 and 4 in the section below.
For third party vendors not validated in Maryland and for new third party vendors, the steps to obtain access to the Metrc API in D.C. are:
1. Request API developers documents and complete the information requested and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Company Phone Number
Primary Contact Name
Primary Contact Email
Primary Contact Phone Number
Secondary Contact Name
Secondary Contact Email
Secondary Contact Phone Number
Name of Software
2. Attend a Metrc training class and complete the test.
4. Request API sandbox access. When you request access to the sandbox you must specify which areas of Metrc to which you will need access. The areas will include where you are looking to be certified:
5. Complete Capability Assessment in the sandbox. A document of the functionality assessment criteria will be provided to you when you submit your request. Requests should be submitted after completion of the Metrc training, not prior.
After these steps are complete, Metrc LLC will issue a vendor API key.