Staying Compliant with the
Illinois Cannabis Regulation
Oversight Office in 2023
METRC, which stands for Marijuana Enforcement Tracking and Compliance, is the cannabis governance solution providing end-to-end tracking and tracing for all cannabis supply chain activities to dozens of states in the United States and helping ensure a closed, legal ecosystem.
On May 16, 2023, Illinois’ Cannabis Regulation Oversight Officer (CROO) officially announced their intention to designate Metrc as the mandatory seed to sale tracking system. What this means for cannabis licensees is that soon (date TBA) they’ll have to move their compliance operations from BioTrack over to Metrc.
This switch to Metrc will manage and improve data collection and regulatory insight. It will also allow operators to easily track all cannabis product activities – from initial seed through to final sale. Once the contract is executed, the transition period to Metrc will happen over 180 days. Stay tuned for more information over the coming weeks and months.
With so many departments involved in the licensing, regulation and enforcement of Illinois' cannabis industry, we’re hoping to see a smooth transition.
While the CROO coordinates among all the agencies involved in the direct regulation and taxation of Illinois’ cannabis industry, there are several other departments at play. The main departments you’ll need to know, based on your business type, include:
Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA): Responsible for licensing and regulating cultivation centers, craft growers, infusers, transporters and their agents.
Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR): Responsible for licensing and regulating both medical and adult use dispensaries and their agents.
Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO): Administers Illinois’ loan program for social equity cannabis businesses license holders.
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