How One California County is Partnering With Cannabis

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Yolo County in California has decided to find an answer to help cannabis workers in the state using the SICPATRACE solution.

As of September 6th of this year, SICPA has released a statement showing their partnership with Yolo County and their attempts to implement the SIXPATRACE Cannabis Control and Compliance System. The solution will help to implement several programs across the state such as training as well as support on site. The program’s main goal is to help the state implement the new laws and integrate the states marijuana legislation.

SICPA Vice President and Director of Business Development Alex Spelman stated that “The customizable SICPATRACE® solution, combined with SICPA’s local approach to training and on-site support throughout the implementation process, has allowed operators at 68 registered sites in Yolo County to tag more than 88,000 plants since March, providing local officials with far greater insight into cannabis products as they move through the supply chain.”

The Agricultural Commissioner for Yolo County, John Young stated that “Our partnership with SICPA has enabled us to bring greater transparency to the cannabis supply chain in Yolo County, allowing for more reliable enforcement, generating greater confidence for consumers, and enabling product safety testing and SICPA’s ongoing support has streamlined implementation for cultivators, distributors, and officials.”

The hopes are high that the implementation of this program will work well with the system that is currently in place. Spelman further added that “The CalOrigin solution not only brings greater transparency to the supply chain but will enable county officials and industry leaders to advance the Yolo County brands or appellations in the cannabis marketplace. With the SICPA proof of origin solution, California patients and consumers can fully verify the sourcing of Yolo-produced cannabis, validate testing results and see specific attributes of products such as sun-grown or ‘sustainably farmed’ certifications.”

With the program working to help approved businesses, hopefully, the safety and security of the legislation can be matched by this new program.
[9/15/17, 3:37:07 PM] Josh Bernstein: Protection of Cannabis Under Threat by the Feds

Recently, a committee in Congress decided to spend their time cracking down on the various medical cannabis businesses across the country by removing one piece of crucial protection they have at the federal level.

The House Rules committee decided to get rid of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment from the 2018 spending bill stating that the amendment is simply “out of order.”

The amendment is currently on the budget bill by the Senate which could hopefully be a good sign if the president decides to sign it into law.

The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment essentially states that the cannabis industry can grow without the blockades put by the federal government and the Justice Department. The amendment helps token federal tax dollars from interfering with individual state laws regarding cannabis. The bill has fortunately been on every federal budget that has been passes since December of 2014.

One congressman state that “by blocking our amendment, Committee leadership is putting at risk the millions of patients who rely on medical marijuana for treatment, as well as the clinics and businesses that support them. This decision goes against the will of the American people, who overwhelmingly oppose federal interference with state marijuana laws. These critical protections are supported by a majority of our colleagues on both sides of the aisle. There’s no question: If a vote were allowed, our amendment would pass on the House floor, as it has several times before.”

There are many cannabis groups that are incredibly outraged by the decision from the House Rules committee. They have released several statements that have criticized the actions. Don Murphy, who is the director of conservative outreach for the advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project stated that “this vote is a slap in the face of patients, their families, their elected representatives, and the 10th Amendment.”

Time will tell what occurs with this bill and the future of marijuana on a federal and state level.

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