FAQ: Metrc Migration Process

This information currently applies to Green Bits customers in Montana, California, Massachusetts, and Michigan.

Your state agency will require you to apply for a license and track your cannabis products through Metrc. Metrc is the system that your state uses to track cannabis from seed to sale.

In order to enable reporting to Metrc,  Green Bits needs to schedule a migration of your inventory. Not to worry! Green Bits manages the majority of this process on your behalf.

However, any deviation from this process puts the migration in jeopardy and could result in 25+ hours of manual data entry for you and your staff.

After your migration, Green Bits reports to Metrc for you, keeping you compliant automatically.

 
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I start the migration process?

Apply for your license through your state's licensing agency. Once you receive your username and password for Metrc, contact Green Bits at onboard@greenbits.com as soon as possible for next steps.

DO NOT DO ANYTHING IN METRC AT THIS TIME! Green Bits manages your migration for you.

How long does the migration process take?

Green Bits schedules the migration of your inventory to happen overnight, so it will not interfere with your business hours.

What exactly is happening during the migration?

Green Bits uploads your existing products and quantities into Metrc during your migration. This creates your initial inventory in Metrc so you can report to your state agency successfully and compliantly.

Can I make sales during the migration?

No. However, Green Bits schedules the migration to happen overnight to accommodate your schedule and to avoid downtime.

How do I report sales to Metrc that I make during the migration process?

You don't! As soon as we complete your migration, Green Bits begins automatically reporting sales to Metrc for you. The migration also includes reporting historical sales that occurred between when you applied for your license and when we completed your migration.

Can I make inventory adjustments or inventory audits during the migration?

No. Do not make inventory adjustments or do inventory audits in Green Bits during your migration.

Green Bits will work with you to schedule your migration to happen overnight, so downtime will be minimal.

What are tags for?

Metrc RFID tags (also known as package IDs) are unique identifiers used to track cannabis products from seed to sale. Metrc requires you to purchase a tag for every item in your inventory. You will purchase additional tags from Metrc as you add more items to your inventory.

Cannabis producers are also required to purchase and use tags to track all items. The tag stays with the product even as it's transferred from facility to facility.

I was told to order tags during Metrc training. Should I do this now?

No. Do not order tags. Contact Green Bits at onboard@greenbits.com as soon as you have your Metric username and password, so that we can determine how many tags you will need to purchase from Metrc.

Green Bits determines how many tags you need to purchase so that you will have enough to track all of your current inventory, plus some additional tags for returns and items you may have missed in your inventory.

If you do not order the amount of tags that we determine and run out of tags during the migration, Green Bits will no longer be able to automate the process for you, forcing you and your staff to manually migrate your own inventory.

How many tags do I need?

Green Bits determines the number of tags you will need. Contact Green Bits at onboard@greenbits.com immediately after you receive your Metrc username and password.

What types of products are tracked in Metrc?

Your state agency requires all products containing THC to be tracked in Metrc.

You do not have to track the following items:

  • Hemp-derived products
  • Products containing CBD (but no THC)
  • Non-cannabis merchandise and paraphernalia

Your inventory processes for these items remain the same as it is now.

Can I use my existing SKUs?

Yes. Green Bits associates your existing SKUs and product names to the tags you purchased in Metrc during your migration.

Do I need to create items in Metrc?

No! Do not create items in Metrc.

If you create items in Metrc, Green Bits will no longer be able to automate the process for you, forcing you and your staff to manually migrate your own inventory.

Should I assign package IDs to items in Metrc before the migration?

No! Do not assign package IDs to items in Metrc.

If you assign package IDs to items in Metrc, Green Bits will no longer be able to automate the process for you, forcing you and your staff to manually migrate your own inventory.

What shouldn't I do during the migration process?

Do not do anything in Metrc until you contact Green Bits at onboard@greenbits.com.

What is the deadline?
State Deadline for reporting to Metrc
California On May 18, 2018, California extended temporary licenses for 90 days. Green Bits strongly recommends taking advantage of the extension and not applying for your permanent license at this time.
  • If you do apply for your permanent license now, Green Bits requires a 4-week notice to prepare your inventory for the migration.
  • Email onboard@greenbits.com as soon as you apply for your Metrc username and password.
Massachusetts Massachusetts has not announced a deadline yet. Green Bits will update this page when we have more information.
Michigan Michigan is scheduling inspections currently. Once you have your inspection and receive your approval, you will be eligible to take Metrc training. Email onboard@greenbits.com as soon as you are eligible for Metrc training.
Montana You can apply for your Metrc username and password now or wait until you renew your annual license to apply. Green Bits strongly recommends that you wait until you renew your annual license.
  • If you do apply for your Metrc username and password now, Green Bits requires notice to prepare your inventory for the migration.
  • Email onboard@greenbits.com as soon as you apply for your Metrc username and password.

 

What should I expect after the migration process is completed?

After your migration, Green Bits automatically keeps you compliant by reporting to Metrc for you. Review the following articles on key features and processes relating to the Green Bits Metrc API, and reach out to our support team if you have any further questions:

Receiving Inventory (Metrc States)

Metrc API Key

Green Bits and Metrc Interface

Missing & Delayed Manifests

Splitting Lots/Packages

Merging Packages

Closing Packages

Converting Inventory

Or, see our video guides on Vimeo.

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