By / November 12, 2019

Cannabis and blockchain: how it helps grow the industry

Few industries are as misunderstood, or as complementary, as cannabis and blockchain. Both niches are relatively new and exist in highly speculative markets with foggy regulatory conditions.

However, they have also received an influx of highly talented entrepreneurs (like Veritas Farms Inc. (OTC:VFRM)) and programmers looking to solve some of their respective industry’s largest problems.

Legalization could be aided by combining cannabis and blockchain technology

In order to truly understand the synergy of cannabis and blockchain, we must look beyond the hype and speculation and understand how and why the cannabis industry needs blockchain technology.

We must also understand how both industries may inevitably depend on each other.

Considering the peculiarity of the sector, medical marijuana faces much stricter legislative and regulatory control. It is here that the implementation of blockchain technology can standardize the industry.

It can help to make it fully verifiable and help with creating a system of trust between patients, doctors, farmers, and suppliers. 

Blockchain to assist quality assurance and maintenance

Someone thinking of combining cannabis and blockchain
Blockchain technology accounts for the issues of security and trust in several ways. (Source)

Combining cannabis and blockchain enables businesses to manage their supply chains in real-time, eliminating paper trails and their inescapable lag.

Since the cannabis space is relatively new, few companies have been able to create an effective vertical integration in their supply chain free from any lag or loss of product.

One such company is Veritas Farms Inc. (OTC:VFRM), a U.S.-based CBD producer and distributor. The company demonstrates the potential of the cannabis sector through impressive growth in the last year.

In Q2 2019 Veritas Farms generated more than $2.9 million in total revenue equalling a 500% increase since Q2 2018. The company’s gross profits reached $1,523,413 and thanks to great results, managed to reduce liabilities by over $1.3 million.

It’s likely that cannabis will touch many different businesses from when it is farmed to when it gets to an authorized dispensary. This process can potentially create multiple costly points of failure.

Cannabis businesses utilizing blockchain will be able to precisely pinpoint any inefficiencies in the process and will nip them in the bud.

Cannabis and blockchain at a glimpse

cannabis and blockchain could be the train to success
Blockchain technology effectively reduced illegal trade on the black market. (Source)

With blockchain technology, it would be possible to ensure efficient supply chain management and monitor the entire production chain. This includes everything from seed processing to the patients who purchased it.

A review of each step would not only mitigate the risks involved but would also allow the final purchaser to verify whether the cannabis was grown under conditions similar to those provided for a pharmaceutical product.

Ensuring that the product is safe and effective has become a core mission in the businesses in medical cannabis and blockchain technology as well.

This would increase confidence in the origin and quality of the product and compliance with regulations in different jurisdictions, effectively reducing illegal trade on the black market.

More benefits of combining cannabis with blockchain technology

In addition, a collaboration between companies in cannabis and blockchain can also have positive fiscal implications.

This can be seen in California, where legislators have introduced a bill that would allow cannabis-related companies to pay taxes with cryptocurrency.

This bill, Assembly Bill 953, would allow California state, municipal and municipal offices to accept it as of Jan. 1, 2020. In such a fragmented international market, the Californian project seems visionary.


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