WeedMD Inc. (TSX-V: WMD) (OTCQX: WDDMF) (FSE: 4WE) (“WeedMD” or the “Company”), a federally-licensed producer and distributor of medical-grade cannabis, is pleased to announce that it is the first licensed producer (LP) to be included in Shoppers Drug Mart (“Shoppers”) and TruTrace Technologies’ (“TruTrace”, formerly BLOCKStrain Technology Corp.) medical cannabis verification pilot project (the “Pilot Project”).
As recently announced by Shoppers and TruTrace at the second annual World Cannabis Congress, the Pilot Project is built on TruTrace’s proprietary StrainSecure™ platform, which focuses on testing and verification to confirm the origin, authenticity and quality assurance of cannabis products. Link here to read.WeedMD has been a medical cannabis supplier to Shoppers since February 2019 and was the first licensed producer to partner with TruTrace and utilize the StrainSecure platform to register its genetics in late 2018.
“We registered 40 of our proprietary cannabis strains with TruTrace last October, recognizing the importance of strain validation as cannabis products advance through the medical and pharmaceutical channels,” said Keith Merker, CEO of WeedMD. “We’re proud to be the first LP to be included in Shoppers and TruTrace’s recently announced pilot project. Patients and their medical practitioners expect traceability and origin assurance of their cannabis strains as it goes a long way to building continued trust and accountability in our industry.”
About TruTrace’s StrainSecure Registration Program
Following the collection, sequencing and registration of the DNA of its cannabis strains, WeedMD became the first licensed producer in the world to incorporate a cannabis authenticity and tracking platform into its sales program. Read press release here.
Under the program, TruTrace’s team collects plant data and performs genomic sequencing in plant batches which are then registered in a blockchain-enabled database for intellectual property protection and strain validation. Known as the StrainSecure, all information gathered from the plants, including their molecular and chemical makeup, can be tracked via the program. Once approved, a quick response (QR) barcode specific to each cannabis batch can then reveal how it was cloned and cultivated, its cannabinoid content and more.
About WeedMD Inc.
WeedMD Inc. is the publicly-traded parent company of WeedMD Rx Inc., a federally-licensed producer and distributor of cannabis products for both the medical and adult-use markets. The Company owns and operates two facilities: a 158-acre state-of-the-art greenhouse and outdoor facility located in Strathroy, Ontario and a 26,000 sq. ft. extraction and processing facility in Aylmer, Ontario. The Company currently has 136,000 square feet of licensed indoor and greenhouse production space and is expected to have a total footprint of more than 550,000 square feet of indoor and greenhouse production online in 2019. Additionally, 27 acres or 1,176,000 sq. ft. of outdoor cultivation is licensed and fully operational with first harvest expected in October 2019. WeedMD has a multi-channeled distribution strategy that includes selling directly to medical patients, strategic relationships across the seniors’ market and supply agreements with Shoppers Drug Mart as well as six provincial distribution agencies where WeedMD’s adult-use brand Color Cannabis™ is sold.