E.164 – Seed to Sale Tracking Software, ft. Lewis Koski, Metrc
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Tune in to E.164 featuring Lewis Koski, Chief Strategy Officer of Metrc. Metrc has combined advanced software and RFID tags to create a secure database used to track cannabis from growth, harvest, and processing to testing, transport, and sale. Metrc is engaged in 21 government contracts and serves more than 300,000 users, including growers, testing facilities, dispensaries, state regulators, and law enforcement officials across the U.S.
Lewis’ early days in the cannabis industry started in Colorado where he served as the Director of the Colorado MED. Lewis tells us more about how regulators tackled those early years of writing cannabis regulations; working together with stakeholders to create many of the laws we still have in place today.
We learn more about Metrc’s tracking system and the technology in place to create this seed-to-sale software that is being utilized in many legal states today. Lewis shares more about the extensive data that is being created by using this system, a lot of which is being used by 3rd-party companies to create greater efficiencies in the industry.
We also ask Lewis about the sustainability, and environmental impact of the RFID tags, and if there are ways to improve that process, lowering costs for operators.
This was a very interesting and candid conversation with Lewis Koski of Metrc. Tune in today!
Lewis Koski is the Chief Strategy Officer of Metrc, the most trusted and experienced provider of cannabis regulatory systems in the United States. The company’s solution combines advanced software, radio-frequency identification (RFID), a dedicated customer-support team, and a secure database to track cannabis from growth, harvest, and processing to testing, transport, and sale. Metrc is engaged in 21 government contracts and serves more than 300,000 users, including growers, testing facilities, dispensaries, state regulators, and law enforcement officials.
Koski has been with Metrc since 2019, previously serving as the company’s COO. He has been instrumental in forging lasting relationships with a diverse set of industry and government stakeholders while providing strategic leadership at Metrc, including scaling operations, expanding its footprint, and more than tripling the number of employees. Intimately involved in supporting the development and implementation of cannabis policy from the infancy of medical markets to the realization of legalization, he continues to be pivotal in safeguarding the needs and concerns of private businesses while strengthening regulatory markets. Prior to Metrc, he served as the deputy senior director of the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Enforcement Business Group, directing state policy surrounding regulated markets and its enforcement. Koski also served as the director of the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division, where he helped build the first state agency in the U.S. to develop and implement medical and adult-use cannabis policy.