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Maine Seeking New Bids For Marijuana Tracking System

Maine is withdrawing a contract it signed in February to track the growth and distribution of medical marijuana in the state.

The three-year deal with Franwell Inc. would have allowed the state to employ software that uses radio-frequency identification tags to track marijuana. State officials had planned to amend that agreement to include the state’s yet-to-be-implemented adult-use recreational marijuana program.

Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services spokesman David Heidrich says, because Maine’s adult-use marijuana industry is anticipated to be much larger than the current medical marijuana program, the Maine attorney general’s office encouraged the state Office of Marijuana Policy to put the contract for tracking services out to bid.

“The concern was that providers of this service may take exception to the fact that we would be essentially expanding the value of an existing contract so significantly without competitively bidding it,” he says.

The state feared this could result in time-consuming and costly litigation. OPM is seeking a new system to track both Maine’s recreational and medical marijuana programs.

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.