Cannabis Tracking Solutions
RFID based cannabis tracking software and inventory management solutions for cannabis growers. With CYBRA’s Edgefinity IoT, growers can track marijuana plants from the seed to sale. Track your inventory’s location, status, history, and sales data.
RFID Software for Cannabis Tracking
Deploy powerful RFID tracking capabilities into your supply chain. CYBRA’s medical and recreational marijuana RFID tracking and product recall system enables growers to quickly retrieve records and match products to customers and dispensaries. By supplying the information, growers can be prepared for audits, recalls, and any other supply chain challenges.
Tag and Track Inventory, Cannabis Plants, and Equipment
With CYBRA, cannabis growers can create RFID tags and labels for mother plants, clone trays, plant bags, bucket labels, and product labels. Print tags and labels on demand to save time and money.
Cannabis Supply Chain Recall Management
With Edgefinity IoT, Your team can automatically capture information across your supply chain and facilities. With the scan of an RFID reader, data is fed to Edgefinity IoT, which can then pass it to appropriate team members, or store the data for review.
Cannabis Tracking Documentation and Recording
Completely document the chain of custody of all marijuana and marijuana products throughout your supply chain. From seed to sale, Edgefinity IoT gives cannabis growers the ability to record and review every aspect within their operations.
Protect your license, company and investment. CYBRA’s RFID tracking system allows cannabis growers to instantly respond to unannounced compliance audits.
Queries and Reports
CYBRA’s cannabis tracking system contains both an interactive query function, and a mandated log report generation capability. Create dried flowers logs, batch records, lot worksheets, and extraction records.
Deploy Work in Process
Proper usage and put away of equipment is vital in successful WIP (Work in Process) methodologies. Edgefinity IoT helps cannabis growers locate assets, track equipment storage, and monitor usage.
Cannabis Regulatory System Compatible
CYBRA’s cannabis tracking software is ready to work with state regulated seed-to-sale systems such as Metrc and BioTrack.
Cannabis Hardware Compatible
CYBRA’s cannabis tracking software supports BioTrack approved barcode printers like Zebra’s ZD410 and ZD420. Our software is hardware agnostic, and ready to work with your RFID scanners, tags, printers, and more.
RFID Seed to Sale Tracking Software Objectives
From marijuana plant tracking to product recall, CYBRA’s cannabis tracking system empowers growers to take control over their supply chain from seed to sale. With CYBRA’s RFID system, growers can achieve the following:
- Document the chain of custody of all marijuana and marijuana products.
- Maintain and comply with written policies and procedures, approved by the authorities, for the manufacture, security, storage, inventory, and distribution of marijuana.
- Automatically identify, record, and report diversion, theft or loss in inventories.
- Automate response handling of mandatory and voluntary recalls of marijuana products.
- Help ensure that any outdated, damaged, deteriorated, misbranded, or adulterated marijuana is segregated from all other marijuana and destroyed.
- Ensure that marijuana product is distributed in a FIFO (first in first out) manner.
- Document the steps in the process of manufacture, distribution, transfer, or analysis in order to prevent diversion, theft or loss.
- Minimize time it takes to locate a specific plant, batch, lot or product.
- Install a solution with minimal disruption to existing practices in the grower facility
- Track RFID-tagged items automatically with an autonomous system that validates employee data entry
- Maximize grower’s existing investment in application software, network protocols, and peripheral devices.
- Minimize grower’s incremental investment to support the Marijuana Tracking and Product Recall System.
- Educate and train grower staff to realize the best possible return on investment.
- Gain practical experience with RFID technology.
- Install an RFID solution with minimal custom programming and integration
- Choose a solution that can be easily adapted to meet future application system requirements.
5 Ways RFID Helps Track Cannabis from Seed to Sale
RFID can provide powerful benefits for cannabis growers including inventory management, work in process tracking, plant tagging, serialization, and more. A complete guide that will help cannabis growers understand the great benefits from integrating RFID into their supply chain.
Track Cannabis Plants, Equipment, and Inventory Throughout Your Supply Chain
Thousands of software vendors and customers worldwide rely on CYBRA’s award-winning software to save time and money. Our experts can show you how to implement scalable RFID and inventory tracking solutions within your cannabis supply chain.
Seed to Sale Tracking FAQs
What is a Metrc?
Metrc stands for Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Reporting & Compliance. It is a cannabis compliance management solution. Government regulators require cannabis growers and distributors to share data to the Metrc system in order to fulfill their legal seed-to-sale tracking obligations.
As of 2021, Metrc is used by cannabis growers in the following states:
- COLORADO INDUSTRIAL HEMP
- DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
- WEST VIRGINIA
Is Tracking Cannabis Necessary?
For the most part, yes. Marijuana is still illegal on a federal level. For this reason states are required by law to have its grows and distributors maintain a high degree of transparency. Those in the cannabis industry must maintain elaborate records that may be reviewed or audited from time to time by government agencies. Records should include information such as profits, losses, inventory, procedural documentation, and operational records.
What is Seed to Sale Software?
“Seed to Sale” is a term used for any software product that provides cannabis growers with the ability to track their inventory from the day the seeds are planted all the way to when the product is put on a dispensary shelf. Every legal cannabis state is required by law to have seed-to-sale tracking software, but states with only medical marijuana may or may not be required to have it.
Can You Use Barcodes in a Work in Process Tracking System?
While you can use barcodes to track items throughout your work in process system, you will likely face several challenges. Barcodes need to be scanned one by one. So either a worker needs to scan each item as they move throughout the supply chain, or a fixed reader needs to be placed somewhere AND the barcodes must be placed in a way where they are seen and scanned properly. Both options are highly prone to errors and high amounts of manual labor. RFID tags, on the other hand, can be scanned automatically and don’t require the same line of sight as barcodes. If accuracy and visibility are high priorities, RFID is the way to go.
RFID and Barcoding Solutions
Since 1985, CYBRA has been solving some of the most vexing auto-ID challenges in the world. Relied on by many of the biggest names in retail, manufacturing, and safety & security, trust CYBRA with all your barcoding and RFID needs.
Drop Shipping in the Marijuana Industry
It’s no surprise that marijuana is bigger than ever. With the increase in states and countries legalizing recreational marijuana, there is more product to choose from including different edibles, varieties of flower, vape oils, CBD, cannabis oils and much more. The more products out there, the more people can experiment and find the right one for them. For example, some people don’t want to smoke so they are moving on to vaping. Others have found relief in CBD as some cannot handle the high THC flower. All this has paved way for more marijuana users.
With more marijuana users, comes more businesses in the industry. This doesn’t mean there are more dispensaries and weed stores (although there are) but more ancillary businesses. When the gold rush hit, one of the most famous phrases was “During the gold rush it’s a good time to be in the pick and shovel business”. This means instead of trying to dig for gold, sell the item that everyone will use. In this case, instead of making money by selling cannabis from a store, you’re better off selling accessories and products for the producers, processors and retailers.
Ancillary Marijuana Business
With the rise of the cannabis industry and ecommerce online sales, there is no reason why these two wouldn’t mix. There are many online smoke shops, CBD shops, vape shops, and dispensary supply sites popping up. Many of these companies are not holding any inventory. This helps free up a lot of time so you don’t have to package any boxes yourself. It also helps business owners focus and work on their business rather than worry about finding new suppliers or vendors.
Benefits of DropShipping:
Holding inventory is very hard for a business, especially one that is just starting out. When you just start, you want to make sure you have all your ducks in a row. This means business licenses, finding the right person to do your marketing, social media and more. This puts a strain on hiring the right people. Inventory can also kill your business if there is a slow cycle and your products don’t have quick turn around.
Anytime a business lowers their overall overhead, they stand a chance to survive. With online businesses, you don’t need many things you do for a regular brick and mortar business like paying for rent, having extra employees, frontage signs and more.
No Need for a Big Warehouse
Since online businesses don’t need to pay rent, many of them are able to outlast their competition. However, if you get too big you will need a warehouse. With drop shipping, you don’t have to worry about that. You can continue to use the warehouse of a bigger vendor or supplier. They will hold the inventory for you until you’re ready to ship it out. When you get to a point where you feel comfortable getting a warehouse, drop shipping can also help there.
You also don’t need a warehouse when the products your customers are buying are repeat products. For example, if you drop ship wholesale dispensary supplies, you don’t need your customers constantly coming in to check new inventory.
More Time to Focus on your Business
Although ecommerce companies are easier to create, they can struggle to gain momentum. Most people think if you build a website, the customers will come. That is the far from the truth. Drop shipping helps you save time by helping you do more marketing and optimization of your site. This can go a long way.
How to Start Dropshipping
If you are looking to start an online business drop shipping will be the best way to start. Once you can prove to yourself that you can get consistent sales, you can establish a base for your business.
To start drop shipping, create your website and start searching for companies who drop ship the items you want to sell. For example, if you want to find vaporizers to drop ship, search “dropship vaporizers” or “vapes drop ship”. Start going through company catalogs and see what is being offered. If it matches what you want to sell, then reach out to them and ask to work out an agreement. Let them know your plans for your online business. Make sure you know all the requirements like MAP (minimum advertised pricing, the lowest price you can advertise a product).
Opportunities in Canada
Canada just legalized recreational marijuana and this is a huge deal. Although the laws for everything surrounding it are not 100% there are many opportunities. If you live in Canada, you might have thought about drop shipping cannabis since you can set up a virtual dispensary and sell it without having to deal with any inventory. Canada is already way beyond the curve. They will be offering cannabis through the Canada Post. Check with all local and federal laws before you start.
Although online businesses are not easy, they are much easier than ever. Simply start drop shipping to make your life easier. While you may not hit the ground running, once it’s all said and done, you will have an advantage over competitors who buy and ship inventory themselves.
Alex Smith is the ecommerce manager for Smoke Tokes which is one of the biggest wholesale distributors of smoking accessories, vape shops and dispensary supplies in Los Angeles.
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Over the last few years, cannabidiol (CBD) oil has grown from a niche alternative treatment to a multimillion-dollar market. And as more people discover the benefits of CBD, the medical community and legislators alike are taking notice. CBD is used on a daily basis by millions of people, and because of the credibility given to it by doctors, researchers, and lawmakers who support it, more people are trying CBD for the first time every day.
Whether you use CBD yourself or you’re just interested in the industry, now is a fantastic time to enter the market and open your own online CBD store. Shift4Shop has everything you need to handle this unique industry and tap into the huge opportunities offered by the CBD market. You’ll have access to the most powerful eCommerce tools available for starting your store, reaching your customers, and getting the brand recognition that leads to a successful business.
While there is momentum growing in terms of FDA approval and lessening of restrictions on selling CBD products, it can still be a very difficult vertical for businesses to navigate. This is largely due to the lack of federal legislation on the topic in the United States. In particular, eCommerce businesses wanting to sell CBD-related products must adhere to the specific and widely varying laws in each of the 50 states. This guide will help you understand and be better equipped to thrive in this fast-growing industry.
Understanding CBD and CBD Products
There is a lot of confusion around CBD products due to its relationship with marijuana, so let’s go over the facts. CBD is short for cannabidiol, a compound found in all cannabis plants. What makes CBD oils different is that they do not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the compound responsible for the “high” associated with marijuana. CBD itself is completely non-psychoactive, meaning it does not affect the brain like THC does.
People take CBD for a variety of reasons including severe or painful conditions and anxiety relief. Everyone who uses CBD also has their own preferred method of taking it, which can be anything from vaping it to swallowing a pill. As a CBD seller, it’s important for you to understand the types of CBD products available and how they are used, as well as which types of customers the different products appeal to.
A tincture is a concentrated extract made by soaking herbs in very strong alcohol for long periods of time, or in the case of CBD tinctures, by combining natural hemp oil with alcohol or another solvent. Tinctures are administered by placing a few drops of the liquid under the tongue. Only a small amount is needed for a dose because they are so highly concentrated. This method of administering CBD appeals to people who want the fastest way to take CBD and feel its effects quickly.
An isolate is a pure substance that has been extracted from its source and refined into a powder. CBD isolate has been processed to remove all the other natural plant substances such as chlorophyll and wax and leave only pure CBD behind. Isolates are colorless and flavorless and can be used in a similar way to tinctures, or can be added as an ingredient to infuse CBD into a variety of foods and beverages. Isolates are popular with customers who like to mix their own CBD products at home.
CBD Topical Formulations
A CBD topical formulation is a cream, salve, lotion, gel, or other preparation made to be rubbed into the skin. These products can be applied directly to inflamed or painful areas similar to other pain relief ointments. They also provide an alternative for customers who don’t like to take CBD orally. These treatments can also include other ingredients like menthol to provide a cooling sensation. CBD can also be used in massage oils.
CBD Vaporizers and Vape Concentrates
Inhalation is a popular method for CBD delivery because, much like with tinctures, the CBD is absorbed directly into the bloodstream and so provides immediate effects. CBD concentrates can be vaped similarly to nicotine e-liquids, so vape supply stores often expand into CBD or vice versa (learn more about selling vape online). Traditional smoking methods like water pipes are also popular, but some CBD retailers find these products troublesome due to drug paraphernalia laws (regardless of their use with legal CBD) and the difficulty of shipping complicated glass items.
Summary of CBD Products and Accessories You Can Sell:
- CBD tinctures
- CBD topical formulations
- CBD isolates
- CBD vaporizers and concentrates
This list is a summary of hundreds of individual products which can all be sold quite successfully through an online CBD store. Customers will also need to restock their CBD products, including their preferred concentrates and delivery methods which could include numerous types of vaping accessories. If you build your CBD eCommerce website with advanced software like Shift4Shop, you can make the reordering process much easier for your customers by implementing a subscription service for needed products. You can also offer product bundles, like edible variety packs, CBD vape starter sets, and more.
Choosing a CBD Supplier
Choosing a CBD supplier is a very important decision that will affect the quality of your products, the satisfaction of your customers, and the reputation of your brand. Because of the well-known benefits of CBD, “fake” CBD oils are found in stores everywhere. These oils are considered not to be true CBD because they’re derived from hemp seeds — which contain very little CBD — rather than from the stalks and leaves of the plant where the most CBD is found. It’s crucial for your business that you choose a manufacturer that makes genuine CBD that will have the effects your customers want. This way, you can immediately differentiate your business from the brands that provide no benefit and only seek to cash in on a trend.
When evaluating a CBD supplier, find out as much as you can about their manufacturing process. Remember that if you want to sell CBD oil products, those products must be derived from industrial hemp with a THC content of less than 0.3%, processed from the plant itself and not the seeds. Here are some other considerations to keep in mind when
CBD retailers are not allowed to make medical claims on their websites, and neither are suppliers. Even though research shows potential benefits, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t yet evaluated these statements. CBD suppliers, including both wholesalers and consumer-level retailers, are required to display the FDA’s disclaimer on their website. If you’re looking at a supplier who makes medical claims about their CBD products, be aware that these statements have no FDA backing. Don’t choose a supplier based on medical claims, and if the supplier has particularly bold claims on their website (e.g., “cures cancer”), you likely want to avoid that supplier entirely, as breaking this rule means the supplier may be breaking others as well.
As a business owner, you should always look for ways to lower your costs, as long as you don’t compromise on the quality of your merchandise. CBD suppliers’ pricing can vary greatly and sometimes this is reflected in the quality of the product. For example, higher-priced CBD products are often more pure and potent — but this isn’t always the case. Make sure you learn as much as possible about the supplier so you can learn whether the quality of their products justifies the pricing. Likewise, stay away from suppliers who sell at abnormally cheap prices. These rock-bottom prices are almost always a sign of cutting corners and producing an inferior product.
Some CBD suppliers offer additional services like dropshipping and private labeling. While the quality of the product should come first, it’s also very helpful to know if a supplier can provide these services. If you’re planning on dropshipping your CBD products, this option is crucial to your business model. In addition, private labeling allows you to sell fully branded products with your own business name and logo, which helps you become established in the industry and start earning the trust of your customers.
Understanding the Legality of CBD
Whether you plan to stock inventory or sell by dropshipping, the quality of your supply chain makes all the difference. It’s also vital to choose a supplier that’s right for your business and can get your products to you in a timely fashion. Since the CBD industry is growing, it’s becoming easier to find good suppliers that will work well with you.
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (commonly known as the 2018 Farm Bill) legalized hemp on the federal level by removing hemp and its derivatives from the federal list of controlled substances. This legalized CBD so long as it derives from “hemp,” which is defined as the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, but only if it contains no more than a 0.3% concentration of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive component of cannabis.
Any plant that contains a higher than 0.3% concentration of delta-9-THC is classified as marijuana and remains a federally controlled substance and illegal on a federal level. And because it is still illegal, any CBD derived from such marijuana is also rendered illegal. The FDA has determined that CBD constitutes a drug or drug ingredient because a form of CBD is the active ingredient in an FDA-approved prescription drug (the drug EPIDIOLEX, for the treatment of certain seizures). Because of this, the FDA has taken the position that it is not lawful to add CBD to food, dietary supplements, or pet foods, even if the CBD comes from legal hemp. The same is true for other forms of delta-9-THC, since there are two drugs approved for therapeutic uses that contain a synthetic version of this substance.
Accordingly, products containing cannabinoids cannot currently be legally sold as dietary supplements nor can they be added to FDA-approved ingredients and sold legally. The FDA regularly issues warning letters to CBD sellers advising that the FDA considers this the sale of unapproved new drugs in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act. In addition, the FDA considers any claims that CBD can be used to treat medical conditions or for other therapeutic uses as the sale of misbranded or mislabeled drugs also in violation of the FD&C Act. Misleading labels and unsubstantiated claims on products may also be deemed deceptive trade practices in violation of consumer protection laws.
On a state level, there is a vast range of laws, regulations, and treatments of both hemp-derived CBD and marijuana-derived CBD. Caution is warranted because state laws are not always equivalent and do not necessarily allow the same conduct. State laws concerning hemp-based CBD may permit or prohibit one or more of growing, selling, and/or using. States may also treat sales of CBD products differently, whether they are for medical or recreational purposes and whether or not they can be incorporated into foods, dietary supplements, and/or topical lotions.
Many states follow federal guidelines on these issues but many do not. When selling CBD products, it is important to show that the specific CBD products you are selling are lawful within the state in which it operates. Keep in mind that several states also require retail licenses and/or registrations for merchants to sell already-processed CBD products, including Louisiana and New York.
The FDA has advised that whether a CBD or other hemp-related product may be marketed and sold depends, among other things, on the intended use of the product and how it is labeled and marketed. In particular, ingredients that are derived from parts of the cannabis plant that do not contain THC or CBD might be able to be marketed as dietary supplements and may not require the same type of lab certification. In any case, all products marketed as dietary supplements must comply with all applicable laws and regulations governing dietary supplement products.
In no instance may CBD products be marketed using unsubstantiated claims that the product can prevent, diagnose, mitigate, treat, or cure any diseases, and should NOT contain any misleading claims or statements lacking substantial scientific support.
Any marketing of CBD across state lines (which includes most eCommerce merchants) will implicate federal regulations in addition to the laws and regulations governing each state involved in the transaction. CBD sold within a state will be governed primarily by that state’s laws, although some federal regulation may still be a factor.
Selling CBD Through
Some eCommerce providers won’t allow you to sell CBD, but with Shift4Shop this is not a problem! In fact, Shift4Shop has more built-in features to help a CBD business than any other shopping cart software.
Here are some of the reasons Shift4Shop is the best eCommerce platform for an online CBD store:
Support for High-Risk Payment Providers
While CBD is legal to sell, it’s considered a high-risk industry by payment processors and many providers won’t work for sales of these products. Shift4Shop, however, provides a seamless payment experience for Shift4Shop customers.
Easy Tax Setup
CBD is subject to taxes that vary from state to state, including sales tax and sometimes a state-specific cannabis-related tax. Shift4Shop makes it simple to automatically charge the correct tax rates — no matter where your customers are located.
Full Suite of Powerful SEO Tools
Many of the most familiar online advertising methods aren’t available for CBD sellers — for example, Google and Facebook will not run CBD ads. Therefore, a strong search engine optimization (SEO) strategy is crucial. Shift4Shop has the best built-in SEO features in the industry, all geared toward helping your website get listed fast and start gaining rank immediately.
Built-In Blog and Content Pages
Since SEO is so important for CBD sellers, you need a way to fill your website with high-quality content that will rank well in searches. With Shift4Shop, you can instantly add a blog to your site for posting the latest CBD news, studies, homemade edible recipes, product updates, and anything else you see fit. You can also create unlimited extra pages to provide vital information like your store policies, product purity guarantees, general CBD educational information and FAQs, and much more.
Here is a quick checklist for you to help make sure you are approved to sell through Shift4Shop:
Post all ingredients, product descriptions, and labels in your shop in order for Underwriting to review and ensure that the products are FDA compliant.
Activate Shift4Shop age verification tool
Complete the CBD Compliance Statement Form and agree to the terms posted on shift4shop.com.
Provide a copy of your hemp handler license or special hemp processor license based on the state’s requirements for the sale of hemp-derived CBD products and/or state, tribal, or federal licensing information during the submission of your store (listed under the compliance statement).
Certify your products with a third-party laboratory for all of the listed products for sale in your store and post the results from the laboratory for consumer review and underwriting purposes.
Several states require retail licenses and/or registrations for merchants to sell already-processed CBD products, including New York and Louisiana.
Merchants must label CBD products in conformance with applicable regulations and in a manner that mitigates risk of regulatory agency enforcement actions. As each state may have its own laws that govern labeling (and sometimes these laws can conflict with one another), there is no one-size-fits-all approach. If a particular state is a relevant jurisdiction, its laws should be more thoroughly examined. Below is a summary of general guidelines that pertain to federal labeling requirements. Generally, labels should include: