TheraCann Worldwide Benchmark Company, a self-described “one-stop, full service resolution for the worldwide cannabis market,” has introduced a brand new partnership with biotech and blockchain corporations that can enable cannabis merchandise to be securely tracked from seed to sale and past.

Final yr, TheraCann partnered with Utilized DNA Sciences to launch a cannabis tagging system (CTS) that makes use of synthetic DNA to assist regulators and legislation enforcement officers decide whether or not particular person cannabis merchandise have been produced legally or on the black market. To make the most of this new tech, cultivators should spray their freshly-harvested cannabis crops with an inert chemical combination that features a distinctive DNA tag. 

These DNA tags are designed to withstand UV, warmth, chilly, vibration, or different environmental situations. The tags may also survive processing, and could be detected even in heavily-processed merchandise like cannabis oils, edibles, and shatter. These persistent tags enable dispensaries, legislation enforcement officers, or state regulators to investigate any tagged product and decide precisely the place the weed was grown, and by whom.

This yr, TheraCann and Utilized DNA have launched a brand new partnership with TruTrace Applied sciences, a Canadian firm that makes use of blockchain expertise to register and monitor mental property for the cannabis trade. The brand new partnership combines TheraCann’s present blockchain expertise with TruTrace’s StrainSecure applied sciences “to offer forensic ranges of traceability of cannabis and cannabis derivatives at any level within the provide chain to ensure product high quality,” in accordance with the businesses’ press launch.

The data contained in any cannabis product tagged with this new expertise could be in comparison with the data on the blockchain to make sure that the product is authorized. Blockchains can’t be modified, subsequently a black market vendor cannot create a counterfeit DNA tag that makes their product look like authorized.

Colorado lawmakers not too long ago debated changing the state’s present software-based seed-to-sale monitoring system with biotracking expertise just like TheraCann’s new system. Final yr, former state Senator Kent Lambert proposed a invoice that might require all cannabis crops grown within the Centennial State to be sprayed with a chemical monitoring agent developed by UK-owned firm PhytoTrack. 

Colorado lawmakers ultimately voted down the PhytoTrack proposal over issues that this personal firm was trying to get Colorado taxpayers to foot the invoice for analysis into its privately-owned tech.

Many cannabis cultivators have additionally raised issues over the protection of spraying an unknown chemical on to each single one in every of their crops. “The considered it alone — whether or not it’s protected or not — simply the considered an additive after we are attempting to cut back components is a turnoff to me,”  mentioned Larisa Bolivar, government director of Colorado-based Hashish Shoppers Coalition to Hashish Now. “It’s pointless. I personally won’t eat cannabis that has components on it.”

Researchers have argued that the DNA-based tags are protected to eat, as people recurrently eat DNA from each single cell of any animal and plant materials that they ingest.