While we have a general sense of how expensive Metrc non-compliance can be, know that the licensing authorities have significant discretion when it comes to issuing fines (and may exercise authority to exceed the maximum fine amounts). CDPH does not publish detailed disciplinary guidelines, but CDFA and BCC do. The information we provide below is drawn from the guidance that is available.
Here are a few examples of potential fines:
- $1,000-$5,000 per plant, per day for each plant that is not tagged in Metrc.
- $501-$1,000 per plant, per day for failing to properly tag mature plants in the R&D area.
- $501-$1,000 for transferring cannabis to a distributor during a period when the licensee has lost access to Metrc.
In addition to financial penalties, some violations trigger suspension and even revocation.
In addition to the Metrc-related violations we highlighted above, it’s wise for you to be familiar with all the different violations that could lead to fines, suspension, or revocation. Once you’re aware, build preventative measures into your operations. The tips below will help you get started.