Rhode Island’s Office of Cannabis Regulation recently announced a partnership with METRC to be an official vendor for the state’s medical cannabis program. METRC also holds contracts in neighboring Massachusetts and Maine for their adult-use and medical programs. The platform allows businesses and regulators to ensure compliance with regulations through a track and trace system. METRC uses RFID tags combined with a software-as-a-service (SaaS) system to help licensed operators and regulators easily view and track the status of plants and cannabis products, including their origins, testing results, handling, and chain-of-custody information. This five year contract has METRC replacing the state’s previous vendor, Kind Agrisoft.
Rhode Island’s medical cannabis program is set to grow over the next few years. In 2019 lawmakers created six new medical dispensary to expand access for patients across the state.