aBIZInaBOX QBO – Boxstorm Integration
aBIZInaBOX QBO – Boxstorm Integration – We spoke to Ms. Christy Hair, our point of contact at Fishbowl Inventory for the Boxstorm product, and she was able to arrange for us to get the use of two seats on the Ultimate Edition of Boxstorm together with access to the API. We have connected it to an instance of QBOnline Plus Edition which is part of our QBOA account and will begin a cannabis industry-centric build out. Our understanding based upon a conversation we had with Sal Cucinella, the CEO of Sharpe Concepts, Inc., the developers of Lilypad Applications, a Premier Fishbowl Inventory Developer is that Franwell, the developers of METRC have only made a back-end sandbox available to developers that interface with METRC to test with. As such, currently, there is no front end available for a user to understand what their actions in Boxstorm look like in METRC. We have reached out to METRC in the hope that they will provide what we need. If they decline, we intend to ask CalCannabis to intervene. Our understanding, at this point, and we have relationships with two vendors that are skilled with METRC. The first is our client, Cannabis Big Data which is “Best of Breed” with cannabis industry data analytics. The second is Lilypad, and they are our “go to” for integration connections between Boxstorm, and Fishbowl Inventory/Manufacturing for METRC.
More about METRC
In case anyone isn’t familiar with METRC, it was developed by Franwell Corp. to be the regulator side software for the cannabis industry. Metrc was deployed in December 2013 for the State of Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division. After several years of trying to control unlawful production and dispensing of various forms of cannabis, by relying upon voluminous and comprehensive “hard copy” recordkeeping and reporting, supplemented by inspections, municipalities are recognizing that such methods were neither timely nor accurate ways to maintain compliance with applicable laws.
Metrc has developed and deployed a turnkey solution which provides end to end tracking and tracing of marijuana plants and products. This solution was specifically designed for government agencies in charge of legalized marijuana enforcement.
Metrc believes that only through the harvest and use of quality data can municipalities and the public at large feel confident to take the next steps on the road to complete and fair regulation industry-wide.
Metrc has both an industry side and regulatory side. The industry side is used to report the required events and information while the regulatory side is used for enforcement and compliance monitoring. Metrc believes that our system can be the primary tool for fighting against diversion and illegal use and purchase of cannabis.
Supports marijuana “regulations” with technology to prevent and monitor drug diversions
Promotes public safety and patient product safety with traceability
Addresses medical marijuana “diversion” from a “state-mandated” position
Creates a vertically integrated “closed-loop” medical marijuana regulatory scheme which stems, in part, from the landmark 2005 California case, Gonzales vs. Raich (If you can demonstrate a closed loop, in which no marijuana crosses state borders, it strengthens against a federal intervention)
By the use of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology combined with serialized item tracking, the system creates an “end to end” surveillance system where the municipality has real-time visibility at any given time into the “inventory” at all the locations (does not rely on audits for tracking)
Central control of security through RFID secure tag ID
Captures perpetual inventory quantities for each entity
Provides an inspection process with the tools necessary to complete onsite validation of inventory with audit capability and anti-piracy safeguards
Supports the auditing process from a series of exception reports
Provides the industry with the means to report required inventories with minimal cost and investment – can remain cost neutral to the regulatory body.
The system maintains a secure reporting environment for each industry participant. Each participant can access their own data but no other participants’ data. The regulator has access to all industry participants data
The system provides for a real-time digital transport manifest giving access to law enforcement enabling them to quickly discover illegal activity during transportation
Tracks transfers between licensed premises
Allows regulatory users to view all licensee activities captured in the system
Creates audit trails and tools for assessing risk and channeling resources more efficiently (e.g. system notifications and reporting)
Creates an industry database of analytical information to establish trends and benchmarks for marijuana production
Allows criminal investigators to streamline field enforcement and compliance activities associated with licensees
Provides aggregate data regarding cultivation, production, transportation, and sales of marijuana within the regulated model
Secure web-hosted solution scaling to thousands of credentialed users
We will continue the discussion about the integration with METRC in another post.