Software Glitch with State’s BioTrackTHC Tracking System Slowing or Stopping Recreational Marijuana Sales of Concentrates

Recreational marijuana is now legal beginning New Year’s Day, some dispensaries are unable to submit the required information to State of Illinois software that tracks sales of concentrates. Apparently sales of flowers are not affected. Illinois dispensaries began selling recreational marijuana for the first time in the state’s history Wednesday morning.

Cannabis Concentrate
Concentrates contain extraordinarily high THC levels that can range up to four times stronger in THC content (40 to 80%) compared to high grade or top shelf marijuana (approximately 20% THC levels).

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis, and is a lipid like most of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in cannabis. THC has various psychological and physiological effects on the human body, and is most commonly associated with euphoria and anxiety while a person is under the influence. Overdoses are associated with anxiety and panic attacks, rapid heart rate and high blood pressure.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is not a psychoactive drug, but may affect the action of THC when taken together, and may reduce the negative side effects of THC. CBD is often taken separately from THC. The interaction of CBD with human physiology is not as well known as THC, but may have helpful uses for mood, pain, inflammation, stress response and immune function.

Dispensaries reported that there was difficulty entering sales into the state’s BioTrackTHC tracking system have caused some problems at the dispensaries. The issue developed when the software was modified to feature switching between marijuana sales for recreational use and for medical use.

Illinois residents 21 and older can now buy up to 30 grams of marijuana plant material, edibles with up to 500 milligrams of THC, and five grams of cannabis concentrate items. Out-of-State residents can purchase half those amounts that Illinois residents are allowed to purchase.

Example Items in Menus at Dispensaries
Gummies with THC with a variety of flavors
Hard Candy with THC
Flower Indica with THC
Flower Indica-Hybrid
Flower Hybrid
Flower Sativa
Edible granola with THC and CBD
Chocolate Peanut Brittle with THC
Milk Chocolate with THC and CBD
Chocolate Bars with THC
Pink Lemonade with THC and CBD

Many of these products are marketed as useful for Pain, Depression, Stress, Inflammation in some dispensary menus.

Currently, it is illegal to cross into Indiana and Wisconsin with marijuana purchased in Illinois. Marijuana consumers can’t smoke the products outside, but must consume marijuana in a private residence. Consumers can consume marijuana in a private residence in a local municipality or county jurisdiction that does not allow dispensaries that sell recreational marijuana. Some local municipalities or county jurisdictions may allow on-site consumption at dispensaries.



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