New state cannabis department spent $41.4 million on IT services in 2021


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The state Cannabis Control Department (DCC) has spent a total of $41.4 million on its five largest IT services purchases since its inception in July 2021 through December 31, some of it under an interagency agreement with the California Department of Public Health.

DCC was created in July by combining three former regulatory entities: the Bureau of Cannabis Control (Department of Consumer Affairs), the CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division (California Department of Food and Agriculture), and the Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (California Department of Public health). The consolidation was made to standardize the regulations; the new department licenses, inspects and regulates all cannabis-related activities in California.

The department’s five largest purchases of IT services, rounded up, were:

  • $30,000,000 for the California Track and Trace Systempurchased as part of a competitive offer via Metrc LLC. The contract is for a period of one year, from July 1 to June 30, 2022.
  • $8,827,846 for a three-year contract with the California Department of Public Health under a non-competitive interagency agreement for “business administration services, business facilities monitoring and IT management services”. The first year of the contract involves the “DevOps MCLS (Manufactured Cannabis Licensing System) team; Business Production Support/Help Desk; Pega software upgrade and cloud migration; Tableau dashboard reports; computer network infrastructure support services; One-time installation of computer network infrastructure. »
  • $1,799,910 for a contract with Visionary Integration Professionals (VIP) for systems integration consulting services. The contract runs from July 1 to March 14, 2022 and was awarded under a framework agreement.
  • $479,910 for a one-year framework contract, ending June 30, with Deloitte Consulting for consulting services related to CDC’s manufactured cannabis licensing system.
  • $365,769 for Accela software consulting services, under an IT Services Master Agreement, with Visionary Integration Professionals. The contract runs until March 22.

Dennis Noone is editor of Techwire. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as editor of USA Today in Washington, DC He lives in the foothills of Northern California.

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