More METRC Madness
Metrc is the bane of every cannabis industry employee and business owner’s existence. The inventory tracking system has been implemented as a state tracking software in the majority of the states with legal cannabis. The Metrc software is based on a simple database, but it’s plagued with software bugs and issues. This is the only software that I know of that will allow the user to make errors and mistakes of epic proportions. On certain days, the system will crash, pages won’t load, and certain data fields get glitchy and will not allow you to enter information or block the view of the information you need to enter.
The state of Colorado has been using the Metrc software since the legalization of recreational marijuana, and yet, synchronization with Point of Sales software that is commonly used (BioTrack, GreenBits, MJFreeway, etc.) remains complicated and full of opportunity for error. Additionally, the RFID tags that you have to purchase and that remain with the cannabis plants and product through purchase have no (affordable, reliable, user-friendly) accompanying hardware technology that provides accurate information about the inventory.
How is the cannabis industry supposed to mature and develop competency when the mandatory software used to track cannabis inventory is glitchy as heck? The businesses that are most successful using Metrc establish their inventory control methods from the beginning and create a separate position on staff for Metrc inventory control. They hire competent and detail-oriented individuals to maintain the Metrc inventory and ensure that daily reconciliation is performed and accurate. Individuals who interact with Metrc should have a background in building, implementing, and maintenance of databases, so they can understand how Metrc functions and the ultimate goal of reporting inventory data.
Trying to get a head cultivator or a facility manager to maintain any segment of Metrc data is like asking a llama to hula hoop. It might happen, but the results will be not as awesome as you’d hoped for. Creating a Metrc position, independent of other positions, will help you achieve the inventory tracking results you expect. Yes, the system is a nightmare, but hiring a competent, analytical, detail-oriented individual to handle all data input and management is the only solution.