Department of Health Selects ‘Seed-to-Sale’ Vendor For Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Growers/Processors

April 28, 2017

By: Erica L. Laughlin[1]

NOTHING IN THIS DOCUMENT IS INTENDED OR SHALL BE CONSTRUED AS ADVICE TO PARTICIPATE IN, OR COUNSEL WITH RESPECT TO, CRIMINAL OR FRAUDULENT ACTIVITIES. POSSESSION, DISTRIBUTION AND SALE OF MARIJUANA IS A SERIOUS CRIME UNDER FEDERAL LAW, AND ENGAGING IN THOSE ACTIVITIES WITHOUT REGISTRATION UNDER THE PENNSYLVANIA MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT, 35 P.S. §§ 10231.106 ET SEQ., IS A SERIOUS CRIME UNDER PENNSYLVANIA LAW. NOTHING HEREIN SHALL BE CONSTRUED AS ADVICE TO VIOLATE ANY SUCH LAW.

Under the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act[2], every medical marijuana grower/processor and dispensary is required to utilize the ‘Seed-to-Sale’ Electronic Tracking System prescribed by the Department of Health.[3] On April 20, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health selected MJ Freeway as the vendor for the required Medical Marijuana ‘Seed-to-Sale’ Electronic Tracking System.

The ‘Seed-to-Sale’ Electronic Tracking System was created to track medical marijuana from the planting of a seed until the plant is processed, sold to a dispensary, and then dispensed to a patient or caregiver. The system allows growers/processors and dispensaries to track inventory and the amounts of medical marijuana dispensed. The system will also monitor the prices paid by patients and caregivers for medical marijuana products.

The ‘Seed-to-Sale’ Electronic Tracking System further contains registries that offers patients, caregivers, and practitioners the opportunity to electronically register with the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program and access useful information about the use and benefits of medical marijuana.

On April 20, 2017, Secretary of Health Karen Murphy stated that “this contract serves two important functions for the program: tracking medical marijuana from seed-to-sale; and creating a registry for patients, caregivers, and practitioners to participate in the program.”

SMGG intends to stay at the forefront of legal developments in this area.  For questions, please contact Erica L. Laughlin or David L. Pollack of Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky at elaughlin@smgglaw.com; dpollack@smgglaw.com or (412) 281-5423.

[1] The author would like to recognize the significant contributions of John Scialabba, University of Pittsburgh Law School class of 2017, to this post.

[2] Codified at 35 P.S. §§ 10231.106 et seq.

[3] Codified at 35 P.S. § 10231.701.