Maryland Seed to Sale Cannabis Software

Unlock the full potential of your cannabis business in Maryland with Bamboo, the comprehensive solution engineered to ensure flawless compliance with state regulations and Metrc. Our platform seamlessly integrates with Metrc, streamlining the entire seed-to-sale process and liberating you from time-consuming tasks, allowing you to devote your energy to business growth and sales.

At Bamboo, we recognize the unique nature of every cannabis enterprise in Maryland. That’s why our platform, encompassing Bamboo Trace and Bamboo Sales, is meticulously crafted to cater to the distinct needs of businesses of all scales – from budding entrepreneurs to established multi-state operators. Our state-of-the-art technology guarantees a tailored, seamless experience that evolves alongside your requirements, empowering you to excel in Maryland’s dynamic cannabis market.

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Maryland's Recreational Market

Maryland has not yet launched its recreational cannabis market. While the state legalized adult-use cannabis through a ballot measure in November 2022, the regulatory and licensing framework is still being developed.

Over the last 12 months (April 2023 to April 2024), the following developments related to Maryland’s forthcoming recreational cannabis market have taken place:

  1. Regulatory framework:
    • In 2023, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to establish the regulatory framework for the adult-use cannabis market, including licensing, taxation, and social equity provisions.
    • The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission was renamed the Maryland Cannabis Administration and tasked with overseeing the new market.
  2. Licensing process:
    • In late 2023, the Maryland Cannabis Administration began accepting applications for cultivators, processors, and dispensaries, with a focus on promoting diversity and inclusion in the industry.
    • The state has set a goal of awarding at least 50% of licenses to minority-owned businesses and those from communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition.
  3. Anticipated launch:
    • Maryland’s recreational cannabis market is expected to officially launch in late 2024 or early 2025, once the licensing process is complete and businesses are operational.
    • Initial sales are projected to be strong, given Maryland’s population and proximity to major East Coast markets.
  4. Medical cannabis program:
    • Throughout the last 12 months, Maryland’s existing medical cannabis program has continued to serve registered patients, with sales reaching approximately $500 million in 2023.
    • The state has taken steps to streamline the patient registration process and expand the list of qualifying conditions.
  5. Social equity:
    • Maryland’s cannabis legalization law includes a strong focus on social equity, with provisions for expungement of past cannabis convictions, community reinvestment, and targeted licensing for individuals from disproportionately impacted communities.
    • The state has established a Social Equity Fund to provide financial assistance, training, and other resources to social equity applicants.

While Maryland’s recreational cannabis market has not yet launched, the state has made significant progress in establishing the regulatory framework and laying the groundwork for a successful and equitable industry. As the licensing process continues and businesses prepare for the official launch, Maryland is poised to become a significant player in the East Coast cannabis market. However, the state will need to address challenges related to ensuring diversity, preventing diversion to the illicit market, and balancing the interests of medical and adult-use consumers.

Maryland's Road to Recreational Cannabis

Maryland’s path to legalizing recreational cannabis has been characterized by a series of legislative efforts and a successful ballot initiative. Here’s a timeline of the key events:

  1. 2013: Maryland legalized medical cannabis through the passage of House Bill 1101, establishing the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission to oversee the program.
  2. 2014-2017: The state’s medical cannabis program was implemented, with the first licensed dispensaries opening in December 2017.
  3. 2018-2021: Several bills to legalize recreational cannabis were introduced in the Maryland General Assembly, but none were successful.
  4. 2022:
    • The Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill 1, which placed a constitutional amendment (Question 4) on the November 2022 ballot to legalize adult-use cannabis.
    • The General Assembly also passed companion legislation (House Bill 837) to set the framework for the legal cannabis market, contingent upon the approval of Question 4.
  5. November 8, 2022: Maryland voters overwhelmingly approved Question 4, with 67% voting in favor of legalizing recreational cannabis for adults 21 and older.
  6. July 1, 2023:
    • As outlined in House Bill 837, the legalization of adult-use cannabis possession and home cultivation will take effect.
    • Adults 21 and older will be allowed to possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis and grow up to two plants at home.
  7. 2023-2024:
    • The Maryland legislature will work to establish a comprehensive regulatory framework for the adult-use cannabis industry, including licensing, taxation, and social equity provisions.
    • The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission will be renamed the Maryland Alcohol, Tobacco, and Cannabis Commission and will be responsible for regulating the adult-use market.
  8. July 1, 2024: The first licensed adult-use cannabis retail stores are expected to open, marking the beginning of legal recreational sales in Maryland.
  9. Future Developments:
    • As Maryland implements its adult-use cannabis program, policymakers and stakeholders will likely focus on ensuring a smooth transition from the medical to the adult-use market.
    • The state will also work to address social equity concerns, such as promoting diversity in the industry and reinvesting cannabis tax revenue in communities disproportionately affected by the War on Drugs.

Maryland legalized recreational cannabis in 2022 through a ballot measure, with the law taking effect in July 2023. The state is currently in the process of establishing its regulatory framework for the adult-use cannabis industry. Here’s what we know so far about the plans for traceability, compliance, and regulation:

  1. Regulatory authority: The Alcohol and Tobacco Commission will be renamed the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Cannabis Commission (ATCC) and will be responsible for regulating the adult-use cannabis market.
  2. Licensing: The ATCC will issue licenses for cultivators, processors, distributors, retailers, and testing laboratories. There will be a focus on social equity in the licensing process.
  3. Seed-to-sale tracking: As in other states with legal cannabis, Maryland is expected to require a seed-to-sale tracking system to monitor the movement of cannabis products throughout the supply chain and ensure compliance with regulations.
  4. Testing: Cannabis products will need to be tested by licensed laboratories for potency, contaminants, and safety before being sold to consumers.
  5. Packaging and labeling: Products will likely need to be packaged in child-resistant, tamper-evident containers and labeled with information about the product’s content, potency, and any necessary warnings.
  6. Advertising restrictions: Maryland will probably implement restrictions on cannabis advertising to prevent marketing to minors and avoid promoting excessive consumption.
  7. Taxes: The state will impose an excise tax on the sale of cannabis products, with a portion of the revenue going to social equity programs.

As Maryland is still in the early stages of implementing its adult-use cannabis program, many details of the regulatory framework are yet to be finalized. The state will likely look to the experiences of other states with legal cannabis markets to inform its approach to traceability, compliance, and regulation.

Traceability, Compliance & Regulation in Maryland

Metrc (Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Reporting Compliance) is a seed-to-sale tracking system used by several states, including Maryland, to monitor and regulate the cannabis industry. The system is designed to ensure compliance with state laws and regulations, prevent diversion of cannabis products to the illicit market, and provide transparency in the supply chain.

In Maryland, the use of Metrc is mandatory for all licensed medical cannabis businesses, and it will likely be required for recreational cannabis businesses once the adult-use market is established. Key aspects of Metrc, traceability, compliance, and regulation in Maryland include:

✔ Seed-to-sale tracking: Metrc tracks every plant and product from the moment it is planted or manufactured until it is sold to a patient or customer. Each plant and package is assigned a unique identifier tag, which allows for detailed tracking throughout the supply chain.

✔ Data reporting: Licensees must report all inventory changes, transfers, and sales in the Metrc system. This includes information about the weight, quantity, and type of products, as well as the parties involved in each transaction.

✔ Compliance monitoring: The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) uses Metrc data to monitor licensees for compliance with state regulations. This includes ensuring that businesses are not exceeding production limits, engaging in diversion, or selling to unauthorized individuals.

✔ Audits and inspections: The MMCC conducts regular audits and inspections of licensed businesses to verify that their physical inventory matches the data reported in Metrc. Discrepancies can result in fines, suspensions, or revocation of licenses.

✔ Integration with other systems: Metrc can integrate with other business systems, such as point-of-sale software and inventory management tools, to streamline data reporting and reduce the risk of errors.

As Maryland transitions to a legal recreational cannabis market, the state will likely build upon the existing Metrc system and regulatory framework established for the medical market. This may involve updating regulations, expanding the number of licensed businesses, and adapting the Metrc system to accommodate the unique needs of the adult-use market. The goal will be to maintain strict control and oversight of the industry while also fostering a competitive and equitable market.

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Bamboo Trace

✔ Quick-action buttons available in every module for swift navigation and action execution.

✔ Simplified traceability through real-time two-way synchronization with Maryland’s seed-to-sale system (Metrc).

✔ Receive instant notifications for important updates and events.

✔ Work in offline mode, accessible on both mobile and desktop devices, especially useful during periods of downtime in Metrc API systems.

✔ Ability to support multiple licenses for comprehensive management of operations.

✔ Customize label templates to meet Maryland’s Metrc regulations and efficiently generate multiple labels for various plant and product requirements.

✔ Comprehensive management of Strains, Rooms, Propagations, Grow Cycles, Plants, Harvests, Disposals, Inventories, Conversions, QA Samples, and more, all integrated within Bamboo Trace.

✔ Effortlessly process orders and generate manifests in just minutes for enhanced efficiency.

Bamboo Sales

✔ Utilize the finest Sales Menus available in Cannatech for enhanced sales strategies.

✔ Seamlessly integrate Sales Menus with your website for expanded reach and accessibility.

✔ Simplify email marketing efforts with the built-in feature tailored for sending sales menus effortlessly.

✔ Gain insights through comprehensive sales analytics and reporting on clients, sales reps, and customizable metrics.

✔ Generate numerous recommended orders (proposals) to cater to diverse client needs.

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