Franwell out in Washington state; MJ Freeway tapped for contract

Franwell has withdrawn its bid to be Washington state’s provider of seed-to-sale tracking software and has been replaced by runner-up MJ Freeway.

According to the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the state will now schedule a product demonstration with a technology advisory panel and begin contract negotiations with MJ Freeway. The state’s deadline for replacing previous traceability provider BioTrackTHC is Oct. 31, 2017.

“We are taking the necessary steps now to ensure a smooth transition from the current system to the new one,” the state said in a news release.

Washington state had tentatively picked Franwell to replace the state’s marijuana seed-to-sale tracking system, paving the way for both parties to hammer out a final contract covering one of the nation’s largest MJ markets.

The state gave no reason for Franwell’s decision to bow out. An official for the Florida company was not immediately available for comment.

MJ Freeway CEO Amy Poinsett told Marijuana Business Daily in an email that the company is “confident” its system can “meet the needs of regulators and operators alike to effectively track cannabis, prevent diversion,and ensure consumer, public and product safety.”

Denver-based MJ Freeway in April won Pennsylvania’s $10 million seed-to-sale tracking contract.