- Associated Press - Monday, March 4, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine is withdrawing a contract with a firm it had signed on to track the growth and distribution of marijuana and marijuana products in the state.

State officials had inked a deal with Florida-based Franwell Inc. valued at $150,000. The deal would have allowed the state to use Metrc, a software product that uses radio-frequency identification tags to track marijuana.

The state Office of Marijuana Policy says it’s concerned that the contract could draw a challenge that results in a delay of recreational marijuana sales, which voters chose to legalize in 2016. The office says the state will instead seek competitive bids for tracking services by releasing a request for proposals, which has not yet been developed.

Marijuana office director Erik Gundersen says the state’s looking for “qualified tracking providers.”

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