Washington Cannabis Industry’s Switch To MJ Freeway Tracking Hits Major Obstacle

Washington’s recreational cannabis industry is about to hit a huge speed bump. The Washington Liquor and Control Board (WLCB) requires a mandatory seed-to-sale tracking system be used for all cannabis products. Since the Fall of 2013, the WLCB used BioTrack THC as their seed-to-sale software provider, but as of the November 1st their contract with the WLCB is up and plans to replace BioTrack’s services have not gone according to plan.

Back in April, it was announced that the WLCB wouldn’t renew BioTrack’s contract and would instead shop out the contract. However, BioTrack opted out of the newest bid because BioTrack’s CEO Patrick Vo was “uncomfortable” with the bidding terms, The Cannabist reports. Vo isn’t certain the bidding contract laid out by the WLCB meets the Cole Memo’s standard. The Cole Memo is a document drafted by former U.S. Attorney General James Cole. It allows the recreational sale of cannabis under strict guidelines that must be adhered to without question; such as not selling to minors or criminal organizations; per Leafly.

The contract was awarded to MJ Freeway’s Leaf Data Systems, a Denver based software provider. Originally the WLCB predicted a two-day limbo when BioTrack’s replacement was implemented. It’s now being reported that by the WLCB that MJ Freeway’s system will not be operational until January 2018.

This blackout period could cause real damage to the cannabis industry. If it occurs, businesses will either contract third-party data tracking outfits like Green Bits or WeedTraQR. Businesses that can’t afford third party tracking services will be forced to manually input sales and inventory data on paper spreadsheets, The Stranger reports. This significantly increases the chance of making mistakes when tracking product. The WLCB can fine, suspend or revoke licenses for traceability mistakes.

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There’s been dispute on why the WLCB didn’t renegotiate with BioTrack to avoid this entire situation. WLCB representative Brain Smith told The Stranger their aggressive attempts at renegotiating with BioTrack were met with questions rather than “proposed solutions.” There is some truth to Smith’s statement, but there’s more to the story.

Vo wrote an open letter to the cannabis industry explaining BioTrack’s position in regard to renegotiations with the WLCB. VO attached personal emails between him and WLCB members and other documents dealing with the situation.

On the week of August 21, 2017, After MJ Freeway was awarded the new contract, BioTrack began dumping data to be swapped onto the MJ Freeway system. During this process, an email was sent from MJ Freeway’s Leaf Data System’s to several Washington cannabis licensees, it contained sensitive data not publicly available. Vo confirmed this with CEO of WeedTraQR, David Busby.

Busby and several other cannabis business owners conducted a private investigation of the email and concluded the data was hacked from state databases, Vo writes. If MJ Feeway’s system is compromised, BioTrack can be compromised as well by sharing a digital space with them. This is extra dangerous for software company’s whose entire business model depends on tight cyber security.

The WLCB scoffed at these claims, calling the email a “spoof” and “fake news,” Vo writes. BioTrack requested a third-party security check be performed on MJ Freeway’s system. The WLCB told Vo the Washington State Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) conducted a security scan, but declined to give BioTrack physical documentation of the security check’s results.

On October 17, the WLCB offered BioTrack a four-month extension while MJ Feeway gets it together. Vo won’t work with the WLCB until his security concerns are resolved In order for BioTrack to move forward with a contract extension, the WLCB and OCIO would have to address the following three points.

1. “The letter does not provide a date for when the review was performed. No review can provide any assurances about current system security if it was performed before the “spoof” email was sent to licensees.”

2. “The letter states that it was the security design that was reviewed; the system itself did not undergo generally accepted security audit testing. That is like the difference between, “Patrick, we reviewed the airplane design you drew on paper and the design should fly,” versus, “Patrick we tested the actual plane you built and it successfully flew.”

3. “Finally, the OCIO’s online project dashboard’s OCIO Assessment reads, “user authentication requirements and Security Design Review increase risk due to imminent project implementation deadline” (emphasis mine) for 07/13/2017, 07/27/2017, 08/22/017, and 09/15/2017. Now, I don’t know what this means, and to be fair I only just found this today and have not given the WSLCB an opportunity to help me understand what this comment means, but my current interpretation is that on each of those dates, the Security Design Review continued to increase the risk that the project would not be completed on time because the review remained ongoing as the system was being developed.”

Vo’s suspicions of MJ Freeway’s cyber security are justified. Their systems were breached in January which lead to 1000 stores across 23 states to suspend sales temporarily and part of their source code being posted on a Reddit forum, The Stranger reports.

Vo hopes that differences can be solved by the deadline, but will not risk his company’s integrity and his employee’s future to squeeze the WLCB out of a hole they stuck themselves in.

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Smoke the Dutch Hawaiian Strain from Treedom, Watch Marshawn Lynch New Video Series

A budtender favorite here at Kush Mart is the farm Treedom, and Friday is a great day to try one of our favorite strains, Dutch Hawaiian. The body high and uplifting boost of energy might bring tears once you watch this video of Marshawn Lynch in his new video series, No Script, presented by Bleacher Report.

The Beastmode effect was hilarious as he and the BR crew took over a popular sandwich spot and had one of the producers take orders from customers. The catch is that the producer has to say whatever Marshawn said through the earpiece. Lynch utilized this opportunity in no way besides keeping it real.

“No Script is a comedy/reality hybrid, but really this is a show about Marshawn Lynch having a show. The unscripted series captures Marshawn in random situations, like whipping figure eights in race cars with Lil Rel Howery from Get Out, to whipping a military tank…for real.” – Bleacher Report

Gordon Ramsay Visits 420-Friendly Lodge

The Kush Mart team is always searching the internet for funny cannabis videos. Earlier today, we came across this awesome video featuring the great chef, Gordon Ramsay. He visits a cannabis-friendly motel that is run by a very friendly group of stoners and ends up spending the night in his own sleeping bag.

What he identified during his first night was enough to seriously gross us out. Before watching this video, make sure you visit us for a quick edible, drink, or even a flower preroll. Getting stoned seriously improves this episode.

Gordon Ramsay Vs 2 Stoners

Gordon Ramsay was also discussed on Foodbeast and was quoted to have said the following statement on a Reddit IAmA.

“Haha, yea, I mean, the scary thing for me is getting legalized in different states across the country. I understand the purpose of it for medicinal use, I get that, but I’m slightly nervous that if it’s legal without an issue medically, we can have a nation as high as a kite. Food wise, I get high off perfection, I don’t need cannabis.”

Although Ramsay doesn’t place much faith into the recreational uses for cannabis, we still anticipate cooking with as much oil, flower, and butter as legally possible. For more updates, tune in daily for new blog content.

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The Raiders and Chiefs Thursday Night Football showdown will go down as an instant classic in the series. Derek Carr toughed out fractured bones in his lower back to lead his squad to victory on the last play of the game with 0:00 on the clock.

The game ended in a Chiefs defensive penalty, twice, which gave the Raiders multiple chances to win the game with zero time on the clock, and Derek Carr and Michael Crabtree made them pay for it. The Raiders handed the Chiefs their second loss of the season and pulled out of their early-season tailspin in dramatic fashion This game was a shootout from the first drive all the way to the last play and was possibly the best game in Thursday Night Football’s history.

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