On behalf of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission I welcome you to the Metrc LLC Metrc Oregon website.

 

The Metrc Cannabis Tracking System (CTS) is an integral part the OLCC’s responsibility to ensure that recreational marijuana products can be tracked in the regulated market.  Every OLCC Recreational Marijuana licensee is required to participate in the CTS.

 

Metrc is responsible for the technical and operational components of the CTS; the OLCC is responsible for CTS statutory and regulatory issues.

Franwell provides licensees with training sessions and webinars to provide a thorough understanding of the CTS.  Prospective licensees will be required to pass a test on their knowledge of the CTS before the OLCC issues their license.

 

We hope you will use the information and tools found here and on the OLCC Recreational Marijuana website to become successful licensees in this newly regulated industry.

 

Steve Marks

Executive Director, OLCC

Metrc Oregon

Metrc® is a regulatory compliance management solution used as a tool by government regulatory bodies for the oversight and compliance management of recreational and medical marijuana programs. Metrc is an online soft-ware reporting system for use by legally state licensed producers, processors, wholesalers, labs, dispensaries, and retail establishments to manage and report all supply chain activities (ex: inventories, sales, transfer manifesting, testing, etc.) and other aspects of their marijuana business, as required by state rules or regulations.

 

In order to be effective, Metrc is simple in its design for the end-user. Also, Metrc is constantly updated and developed to align with the ever-changing rules and regulations in locations (cities, states, countries) that have adopted it as their regulatory reporting tool. The functions and modules of Metrc are customized to meet each government’s rules and statutes. The Metrc team is committed to configuring each government’s version of the software to meet and function in the unique regulatory environment of that location.

 

According to the Department of Justice’s Cole Memorandum guidance of August 2013, states are expected to implement a strong and effective regulatory and enforcement system that addresses public safety, public health, and enforcement concerns.  To this end, Metrc provides the industry a reporting function tool for compliance, an audit function and tools for inspecting and auditing by government officials.

 

Metrc consists of a web application, web services, a mobile application for site inspection, and a mobile application for industry use. Metrc can integrate with other systems through the use of the Metrc API, which offers an additional way of industry reporting into Metrc. The Metrc API is customized by each states rules or regulations and can vary based on the individual state requirements.

Oregon Cannabis Tracking System Licensing Requirement

In order to be compliant with Oregon Liquor Control Commission recreational marijuana rules, all licensees must prove their proficiency to use the Metrc CTS tool.  After training, Metrc will administer an online Metrc CTS test to ensure prospective licensees can demonstrate their knowledge about the CTS tool. Licensees who prove their knowledge about CTS by passing the test will then be issued their license by the OLCC.  Prospective licensees (those not already in the application or licensing process) are not required to take Metrc training, but are advised to consider taking advantage of the available training tools.

 

FAQs

Q- Are all recreational marijuana businesses required to use Metrc?

A– Yes all recreational businesses licensed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission are required to report in Metrc either directly or through the Metrc API.

 

Q- Will other industry members, outside businesses or the public have access to my information?

A-   No, all information in Metrc is private and confidential, only viewable by the licensee and the OLCC.

 

Q – Why was Metrc LLC chosen?

A – Metrc LLC was selected based on Oregon’s standard competitive bidding and procurement process. 

 

Q – When will training be provided?

A – Timelines for the initial training phases have been developed and will be scheduled based on the timing and approval of license applications. Please see the Oregon page on the Metrc website for updates. Schedule details can be found on the OLCC or the Metrc Oregon website.

 

Q – Do I need to purchase any additional hardware such as computers, barcode 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.  Also, there is no software to download, install, or maintain. 

 

Q- I thought RFID readers were required?

A – Activities in Metrc can be accomplished without Barcode scanners or RFID readers. Although the use of these tools can increase productivity and efficiencies, it will be up to each licensee to decide to use Barcode or RFID readers, but their use is not required.

 

Q – Why does the Metrc system utilize RFID tags?

A -  The CTS tags have multiple modalities that include human readable information, barcodes and RFID. RFID specifically offers a higher degree of accuracy, improved speed of reading and ultimately makes reporting for both the industry and the OLCC more cost efficient. 

 

Q – How much do the tags cost?

A – Plant tags are .45 cents each and package tags are .25 cents each.

 

Q – Are the tags reusable?

A – No, each tag is created with a unique ID / serial number associated to a singular plant or package (much like a VIN number on a car). Each ID number is only utilized once to maintain a chain of custody and unique plant or package history.

 

Q- What aren’t the tags reusable?

A - Reusing the number would create confusion and an inability to track a plant or package properly in the event of an action requiring traceability such as a recall.  This traceability is necessary for ensuring public safety, mitigating public health concerns that arise, and ensuring consumers’ protection.

 

Q- Are there any other fee’s required to operate in Metrc?

A- In most states where Metrc is deployed each licensee pays a minimal $40.00 per month fee that provides the reporting, help-desk support, user training, and the ongoing enhancements to the system designed to enhance industry reporting capabilities. However, in Oregon, the OLCC has opted to pay for and include this cost in its support of the Oregon marijuana industry.  

 

Q- Does Metrc have an interface to allow for connection of 3rd party system?

A- Yes, Metrc offers an Interface called an API that allows 3rd party providers the ability to interface. More information is located on the Oregon page of the Metrc website below.

 

Q- Do I have to use a 3rd party system to enter information into Metrc?

A- No, Metrc can be used as a standalone system with direct data entry. However, Metrc will be certifying qualified point of sale and inventory management vendors before they’re allowed to use Metrc.

 

Q- Will 3rd party organizations like consultants and advocacy groups receive instructions on Metrc?

A- The priority at this time is to ensure that licensees have every opportunity to successfully implement Metrc on a facility-by-facility basis. Once this has occurred, the OLCC will evaluate the need to provide instruction to others outside of the state legally licensed and regulated community.

 

Resources

 

Integration & API

For Licensee's:

Please download a copy of the Oregon Cannabis Tracking System Metrc API validated integrators list. Click on the PDF icon below to view the list.

These companies have signed data use agreements with OLCC. However, it is the responsibility of the licensee to enter accurate information into the validated system in order to comply with OLCC rule. METRC will add to the list as companies become validated over time. If you have questions about this list or the process of validation, including how your business could become validated, please contact METRC at api-info@metrc.com.

For Developers:

For API access, please send a request e-mail titled "API Access Request" to api-info@metrc.com. Please include:

  • Company Name

  • Address

  • Telephone Number

  • Primary Contact Person

  • States Operating In

  • Company Web Site

  • Name of Software Application  

  • Name of Licensee you will be working with for testing 

 

Please also indicate in your e-mail which of the following areas of Metrc your software application will need access to:

  • Plants

  • Harvests

  • Packages

  • Sales

  • Transfers

  • Strains

  • Items

  • Locations

 

Metrc Training

To ensure the effectiveness of the Cannabis Tracking System, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission has committed with Metrc LLC to provide qualified applicants and licensees a range of Metrc training options. 

 

Introductory  "New Business" Webinars

Online training led by Franwell instructors that will provide new and prospective owners and key employees with a thorough overview of Metrc and enable them to initiate a Metrc account after training and passing a proficiency test.

 

Attendees:  Provisional licensees and licensees.  Primary point of contact (e.g. – named licensee, operations manager) plus one employee. 

 

Locations:  Online

 

Registration:  Metrc Oregon website.  No cost.

 

Dates:  Ongoing.

 

Advanced  Webinars

Summary:  Online training led by Metrc LLC instructors that will provide licensee managers and key employees with a thorough understanding of Metrc and enable them to implement a train-the-trainer model in their organizations.

 

Attendees:  Provisional licensees and licensees.  Primary point of contact (e.g. – named licensee, operations manager) plus one employee. 

 

Locations:  Online

 

Registration:  Metrc Oregon website.  No cost.

 

Dates:  Ongoing.

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