Some companies lost hundreds of thousands in sales, forcing them to furlough some workers
SEATTLE (AP) — At least a dozen marijuana samples typically show up every day at Trace Analytics, a lab in Spokane that tests products for Washington’s legal cannabis industry.
On Tuesday, a single one arrived — a symptom of the most recent problems concerning the state’s “seed-to-sale” tracking system.
Software glitches with the massive database last week began preventing businesses from transporting their products, costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost sales and forcing some to furlough workers.
The issues have been a last straw for many marijuana businesses, prompting louder calls for the state to end its contract with the software vendor and to rethink the entire premise of its “traceability” program, which is intended to promote transparency in a formerly illegal industry but instead has been a source of headaches for regulators and businesses alike.
“Our small company lost four days of revenue-generating sales as a direct result of the state software system failure, and we’re just one of hundreds of companies that experienced similar results,” said Andy Brassington, chief financial officer of Evergreen Herbal, a Seattle company that makes marijuana-infused drinks and chocolates. “Those are sales you never get back. If you go to the grocery store and they’re out of milk, you don’t go back the next week and buy twice as much.” [Read More @ MarketWatch]