RFID Solving Unique Challenges Facing Legalized Marijuana

Farming might not sound like the most high-tech industry to outsiders, but the truth is that farmers have been adopting the latest tools and innovations to improve agriculture for thousands of years. Back then, it was hand tools and eventually tractors. Now, RFID technology is transforming the way in which farmers carry out their vital work.

RFID is already widely used for inventory management in retail, and now farmers are also finding ways to use it to help raise their crops. One crop in particular that is reaping the benefits is marijuana.

Marijuana is being legalized in a growing number of states for medicinal and sometimes recreational use, but its illegal status on the federal level has resulted in the need for legal states to require that plants be tracked from seed all the way through to supply to make sure no parts make their way to the black market.

Tracking each specific plant is very complicated. Plants go from the grower to the processor to the dispensary or retailer. As they pass through drying operations and trimming, a robust system is needed to make sure they are tracked at all times. RFID tags and readers are helping to ensure legal compliance, giving growers real-time visibility of their supply chain. RFID is also proving useful in managing agricultural inventories and forecasting.

Putting the Data to Work

RFID is just one part of the equation, however. An IoT software platform is also needed to collect, store and analyze all of the data that is collected. By keeping track of crucial growing conditions such as temperature, soil chemistry, humidity, and light levels, growing techniques and yields alike can be improved.

Agriculture might be thousands of years old, but it’s certainly not stuck in its ways. It is embracing the many benefits technology can bring, and nowhere is this more evident than in the use of RFID tracking in the legalized marijuana industry.


Learn how Barcoding, Inc. is working with the medical marijuana / cannabis industry to support supply chain efficiency, accuracy, and connectivity from “seed to sale”.