Vermont is turning into the US-American cannabis mecca. A recently agreed cooperation with a block-chain company now gives the Department of Agriculture the opportunity to monitor marijuana quality throughout the state.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is using a block chain platform for the 2020 cannabis season to track cannabis products from sowing to sale. To do this, the VAAFM uses the block-chain start-up Trace technology. The cooperation was announced by VAAFM in a press release on February 10th. The VAAFM hopes to improve transparency for producers, vendors and consumers of the Vermont legalized but regulated smokehouse.
“The Agency is pleased to work with Trace to develop block chain technology to manage the registration of the hemp program and crop and product traceability requirements to ensure consumer protection and quality control in the growing Vermont hemp industry,” said the VAAFM.
Cary Giguere, VAAFM’s Director of Public Health and Agricultural Resources, is quoted in the press release. Trace connects hemp farmers and the processing industry with laboratories that monitor the quality of the goods. At the same time, the authority gains a better overview of the grass harvest in the US state and can intervene to regulate if necessary. The VAAFM thus wants to “maintain Vermont’s reputation for producing high quality hemp through monitoring and enforcement”.
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Accordingly, Trace CEO Josh Decatur, himself a Vermonter home-grown product, is enthusiastic about the VAAFM’s decision:
“We are delighted to be working with the State of Vermont on this project. Our company was born in Vermont, so we were able to see first hand the value Trace can bring to the Vermonter in growing, cultivating, testing and selling hemp”.
The VAAFM stresses that Vermont is now the first U.S. state to have a unified tracking system for the hemp industry. A little further north, among Canada’s neighbors, a block-chain start-up also wants to make the cannabis industry more transparent. TruTrace, founded in 2017, specializes in tracking medical marijuana. In June 2019, TruTrace was able to win 1,300 pharmacies for a pilot project for tracking cannabis by block-chain.