Washington Regulators: ‘Security Incident’ Caused Cannabis-Tracking Woes

Washington state cannabis regulators now say a “security incident” enabled unauthorized access to the state’s cannabis-tracking system. According to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, the exploit allowed an intruder to download a copy of the state’s traceability database, which follows state-legal cannabis from seed to sale.

“A computer vulnerability was exploited on Saturday, allowing unauthorized access to the traceability system,” WSLCB Deputy Director Peter Antolin wrote in a letter to state-licensed cannabis businesses on Thursday. “There are indications an intruder downloaded a copy of the traceability database and took action that caused issues with inventory transfers for some users. We believe this was the root cause of the transfer/manifest issue experienced between Saturday and Monday.”

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Regulators say the issue was corrected on Monday, Feb. 5, although some industry members reported interruptions even after the apparent fix. “We recognize there are other known issues within the system,” Antolin wrote Thursday. “There are workarounds for most. They will be fixed in subsequent releases.”

The disruptions come on the heels of the state’s switch to new traceability software, Leaf Data, which is developed by MJ Freeway.

This story will be updated.

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