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Questions for MJ Freeway – demo scheduled for next week

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My request to MJ Freeway for a demo/overview was very well attended to. Within an hour or two, I received a phone call (went to voicemail as I was busy at the time) and also a follow up email with a personal offer to assist with my inquiries and questions and to setup a demo. This is encouraging. I think they may have even visited my blog and done a little digging on me. Hmmm. OK.

I have a call/demo setup next week and will ask some very important questions, mostly on the technical / software side of things. Here are a few of the items I would like to learn more about:

  1. Security – what have you done to address the security breach and how have you addressed the concerns of your customers.
  2. Robustness – deep dive on underlying framework and architecture
  3. Speed & Performance – how well does the app perform (with all available bells and whistles). e.g. how long to print, label, scan, and record data on a lot with 100 units.
  4. Architecture – hosted?, cloud? on site?
  5. Ease of Use – end user, manager, developer, LOB, etc.
  6. Openness / Integration – with 3rd party apps/services – Greenbits support? Weedtraqr support? Mr Kracken? – will MJ Freeway work with other commercial software built on top of biotrack?
  7. APIs – full feature parity? API updates? When? How? To whom? REST? JSON?
  8. Cost to business owners – how do existing investments in hardware and software to support compliance and traceability translate over to the MJ Freeway system.
  9. Software development methodology – agile? Release cycle? Next release plans? Features added? Features in queue? Size of dev team?
  10. Consulting – why needed if solution is “turn key”? What is a typical engagement? What are the rates? Who is this for?
  11. Number of customers? Largest deployment? Biggest project to date?
  12. Reference Customers – who can I go talk to that is an active (and sizeable) MJ Freeway customer?
  13. Corporate – history, growth, revenue, debt, legal, etc?

Hey i502 industry folks, what do you want to know about MJ Freeway, the current Apparent Selected Vendor to replace Biotrack for the state traceability system for Recreational Marijuana? Post your questions and/or concerns here and I’ll take it to the folks I’m meeting with next week.

–BDE

 

Franwell pulls bid to replace Biotrack for WA State i502 Recreational Cannabis Traceability System

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Well, it looks like enough people spoke up to the LCB and they listened. I received the following Email from LCB yesterday regarding Franwell and their decision to pull the bid for the contract to replace Biotrack.

This is only a SMALL win. WE STILL DESPERATELY NEED A BETTER SYSTEM THAN BIOTRACK. MY NEW CONCERN: DOING THIS BY OCTOBER!!!

After spending 15 years in the Enterprise software space, I was involved in a number of large scale integration, migration, upgrade, and “rip and replace” style software development projects. These projects are costly, messy, and never go according to plan.

Why is LCB in such a rush to implement a new system by October? If this mandate stands, there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY TO IMPLEMENT A ROBUST SOLUTION for a project at this scale. Especially one that aspires to do a full rip and replace with a standard, dev/test/release cycle in between. These types of projects take 18-24 months at best, let alone 4 months.

4 month dev cycle. With a government project?
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?
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Text from letter from LCB:

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Attention Licensees: The below message was sent yesterday by Deputy Director Peter Antolin to licensees who had written to the Board and staff regarding the marijuana traceability Apparent Successful Vendor and RFID tags.

June 7, 2017

On behalf of the Liquor and Cannabis Board, thank you for writing recently to express your concerns about the change in vendors for the state traceability system and specifically RFID tags.

RFID Not Required
The WSLCB will not require RFID as part of the marijuana traceability project. Our Request for Proposal (RFP) was clear that the marijuana seed-to-sale traceability system must support a variety of tagging methodologies such as bar codes, RFID, etc. The RFP requirements did not allow a vendor to make any assumptions regarding use of a single tagging methodology or allow vendors to include any such costs affecting the state or our licensees in their proposal. In addition, unique plant and inventory identification numbers will be centrally created, maintained, and made available to third-party software systems via the API. Licensees will also be able to print their own labels.

Traceability Advisory Group
As the WSLCB prepared the RFP, we engaged representatives of the major industry trade organizations. We held several meetings together to gather input and clearly communicate our intentions. At the most recent meeting held June 6, we again asked that the representatives of the Traceability Advisory Group communicate with their members about this important point.

Change in Apparent Successful Vendor
As we have indicated, the Apparent Successful Vendor (ASV) was not final until contract negotiations were complete and a contract was signed. Earlier today, the initial ASV, Franwell, withdrew its proposal for Washington State. An ASV is the procurement term used for the highest scoring, responsive vendor.

We are pleased to notify you that the second place bidder also submitted a strong bid and has accepted our choice to be the new ASV. MJ Freeway is the new ASV. We will soon schedule a product demonstration with our Traceability Advisory Group and begin contract negotiations quickly to get this project implemented.

Timeline
This project is on a tight timeline. The new traceability system must be in place Oct. 31, 2017. We are taking the necessary steps now to ensure a smooth transition from the current system to the new one.

Thank you again for writing the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Brian E. Smith
Communications Director
Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
360-664-1774

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NEW RULES! 314-55-045 – aka “How to get permanently banned from i502”

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New rules under consideration for i502 announced today. 314-55-045 has been expanded to include terms that define what rule, law, or violation history might prevent an applicant from receiving or renewing their marijuana license.

What timing – someone was just asking about this on one of my other posts. Gotta go back and tag em here.

#rulemaking #policy #legislation #i502 #lcb#wslcb #recreationalmarijuana #legalweed#olympia #wa

Full Range of Consulting, Sales, Brokering, Outreach, and Networking services for Recreational Cannabis (i502) in WA State

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I have a new role and opportunity in i502 helping manage, broker, and sell to licensed Producer/Processors and Retailers. I have an inventory and price sheet I can forward and am happy to assist with any type of inventory transfer desired, whether you are looking for wholesale b2b or retail transactions.

Have access to full range and spectrum of wholesale/retail products. Also buy in bulk and always looking for quality product, starting material, and trim.

DM, email, txt, or call for more details and pricing.

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i502 Compliance Violations by License

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Because Biotrack is stupid and their database tables suck, this table doesn’t display the actual name of the Licensee that had the violation. Until I figure out a better way, here’s a nifty URL that you can use and just cut and paste the license number and add to the end of the URL to see who committed the violation.

https://502data.com/license/[paste license number here]

For example, https://502data.com/license/414841

[TODO: add links to table for license name lookup and WAC code and case # linkage]

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An industry in limbo: Recreational Pot in 2017

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What will the new Administration in Washington DC do?

With recent changes in Washington DC, the future remains uncertain for the fledgling Recreational Cannabis industry across the nation. Time will tell if our incoming Attorney General, Jeff Sessions will go after the cannabis industry. My gut tells me they won’t, but that’s coming at it from a logical standpoint, and from what I’ve seen so far coming from DC,  logical deduction and hard facts seem to have been tossed into the dumpster.

Given the dollar amounts we are talking about in terms of taxes generated ($185 million in FY2016 for WA state), and the ensuing lawsuits that would follow, coupled with the enormous negative economic impact (jobs and productivity lost – especially in rural areas), I genuinely hope the incoming AG respects states’ rights and does not interfere with the legal Cannabis industry.

Changes in Washington State

Here in Washington state, there are a number of interesting proposed changes coming out of Olympia this session that would have a significant impact on the industry at large.

HB 5102 – Out of state ownership and investment

The first change has to do with allowing outside sources of funding (non WA residents) for i502 Businesses. Currently there are funding and lending restrictions that limit the amount of investment capital can flow in from outside the state. House Bill 5102, clarifying residency requirements for licensed marijuana businesses, has been introduced and is in committee. There is a public hearing scheduled for

The key changes in verbiage in HB5102 have to do with limiting the percentage ownership by out of state interests to 50% ownership and allowing “managers or agents” aka owners who are exempt from the residency requirement.

…with the exception that only those holding fifty percent of all ownership interests must meet the residency requirement;

A person whose place of business is conducted by a manager 21 or agent, unless the manager or agent possesses the same 22 qualifications required of the licensee, with the exception of the residency requirement.

Source: http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5102&Year=2017

HB 1092 – Allowing “Home grows”

House Bill 1092 would amend the i502 Legislation to allow any Washington state resident 21+ years old to cultivate up to 6 marijuana plants and possess up to 24 ounces of dried plant material from the personal cultivation. For any single residence if there are 2 or more adults 21+ or older, you may have up to 12 plants and 48 ounces of dried plant material. You may only leave your residence with up to an ounce of “home grown” at a time.

(4)(a) Subject to the requirements in this subsection (4), the possession by a person twenty-one years of age or older of no more than six marijuana plants and up to twenty-four ounces of useable marijuana harvested from lawfully grown plants is not a violation of this section, this chapter, or any other provision of Washington state law, provided:
(i) The plants are grown and possessed only within the premises of the housing unit in which the person resides; and
(ii) The useable marijuana has been harvested from plants lawfully grown within the premises of the housing unit in which the person resides and is not removed from the premises in amounts exceeding one ounce.
(b) No more than twelve marijuana plants and forty-eight ounces of useable marijuana may be possessed, in the aggregate, by the adult residents of a single housing unit, regardless of the number of persons twenty-one years of age or older residing in the housing unit.
(c) This subsection (4) does not apply to marijuana plants or useable marijuana possessed at a location other than the premises of the housing unit in which the marijuana plants were lawfully grown.

Source: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1092.pdf

Regardless of where you stand on legal cannabis, please take a minute to acknowledge that there are tens of thousands of business owners, employees, and fellow Washingtonians who are pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into being successful in this industry. As we have in the past, we continue the journey into uncharted waters. Onward we go!

BDE -∞+

The constant struggle for legitimacy in the legal cannabis industry

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For many i502 business owners, it’s been an uphill battle to get fair (and easy) access to the Federal Banking system. As a result, i502 businesses have gotten creative in their approaches to managing money. In some cases, this puts them at odd with the Feds, with the Banks, and with consumers. It’s a no win situation that needs to change.

In the old MMJ days, it wasn’t uncommon for MMJ dispensaries to be shuttling around garbage bags of cash in their trunk. Thankfully, now most i502 retailers have access to basic banking and credit unions that suppor – on premise ATMs, and even some basic debit transactions (with usual ATM-like fees per transaction). Most transactions are still cash and the vast majority of retail shops only accept cash.

One improvement over the past year or so were changes that allow 3rd party security and armored truck companies to pickup and transport cash from retail shops to their place of deposit.

Another recent development here in Washington state is a push by state legislators to block i502 businesses from doing transactions using Bitcoin. This news just broke in the past 2 weeks. Senate Bill 5264 effectively bans Bitcoin from being used in i502. I’ve seen a few “automatic” menu/ordering kiosks at a few retail shops that appear to take Bitcoin. I have not tried to conduct a transaction using Bitcoin. Read more on this issue here: http://www.geekwire.com/2017/washington-state-legislators-look-ban-bitcoin-pot-business/

Insurance underwriting.

Because I’m not an i502 business owner, I’m less up on how well (or poorly) the insurance companies do with underwriting i502 businesses. I know that Lloyds of London was a highly used insurance underwriter, but I also heard that they were getting out of the industry. I would be curious to hear from i502 business owners on your experience in securing and paying for insurance.

We live in uncertain times. I feel for each and every legitimate business owner working so hard to realize their dreams in legal cannabis. Onward we fight.

BDE -∞+

i502 Competitive Analysis and Intelligence Briefs

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As I transition my i502 data mining project from my laptop to the cloud, I’m working on a conceptual framework for offering competitive briefs, reports, charts, and drill-down maps on i502 Producers, Processors, and Retailers. This will include insight, commentary, and a sizeable chunk of data factoids about your closest competitors.

Here are some of my initial thoughts:

  • For Producer/Processors
    • Production/Processing
      • Products made
      • Products sold
      • Products destroyed
      • Products failed testing
    • Heat maps with layers for:
      • Retailers by location
      • Products by retailer
      • Wholesale Sales by product type, product, temporal (daily, weekly, monthly, yearly)
      • Retailer markups
        • By retailer
        • By product type
        • By Product SKU
  • For Retailers
    • Wholesale cost
      • By product type
      • By product
      • By producer/processor
      • By region/geography
    • Retail Sales
      • By product type (flower, oil, edibles)
      • By SKU (e.g. Skord Nightmare Cookies Live Resin)
      • By Producer/Processor
    • Top 10 Producer/processor sales drill down
    • Top 10 closest retailers (region/geography)
    • Top 10 closest retailers (aggregate sales)

Goals:

  1. Learn who your competition is.
  2. Understand the range of products your competitors produce/offer/sell.
  3. Understand the range of products that you or your competitors DON’T SELL (products sitting on shelf).
  4. Understand how much and when your customers sell.
  5. Understand where and to whom your competitors sell. ]

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head for now. Will update/edit post as I iterate and refine this conceptual framework.

If you made it this far, thanks for taking the time to read through this post. As a reward, here’s a pic of some Chem Dawg I grew back in the MMJ days.

BDE -∞+

December i502 Report

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Hi guys. I’m working on a detailed analyst report on the i502 traceability data from December 2016.

Until I have it ready to publish, here are a few teaser factoids:

  • Largest concentrate wholesale sale: GreenRush sold 4000 grams of GreenRush Gold Standard Concentrate (Marijuana extract for inhalation) to Clutch Cannabis (in a processor to processor wholesale deal) for $48000 or $12/g.
  • Total concentrates sold (wholesale) to date: 8,688,860 grams
  • Total concentrate wholesale sales to date: $92,958,449
  • Average wholesale price per unit: $8.97

Much more to come. Tables, charts, commentary, analysis.

-BDE

CONSULTING AVAILABLE: INTELLIGENCE, ANALYSIS, AND PERSPECTIVES ON RECREATIONAL AND MEDICAL CANNABIS

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Friends & Colleagues – I will be parting ways with Precision Extraction on January 27. We are leaving on mutually good terms.

As of Jan 28, I will be available for short and medium term consulting projects and related services in the Recreational and Medical cannabis industry across the US. Anything from data mining, market analysis and assessment, processing lab design, compliance, production and processing logistics, business plans, packaging and distribution, wholesale brokering, retailer relationship building, business process automation, software and hardware integration.

My depth of knowledge, 30 years of experience in cannabis, 20 years working in Enterprise Software, and passion for the industry are what I bring to the table with a proven track record and commitment to excellence in everything I do.

Now offering free 30 min phone/online consult and will let you decide if we are a good fit. Feel free to also check out my resume: Brian Daniel Eisenberg – Resume – 2017

Can reach me anytime at:
@eisenetics on Instagram and Snapchat
Brian.eisenberg@Gmail.com
206.294.8205 (8am-11pm pacific time)

-Brian Daniel Eisenberg
Jan 16, 2017