Rhode Island's Blockchain RFP Provides Opportunity to Disrupt Seed-to-Sale Technology

Rhode Island has issued a request for proposal for vendors to help the state understand whether blockchain technology can improve the security and efficiency of various state processes including medical marijuana seed-to-sale tracking. Responses must be submitted to the state by June 21, 2019.

The state issued the RFP for a proof of concept to determine how blockchain can make state functions more efficient and cost effective. The state has identified possible use cases including fraud reduction, contract management, medical marijuana tracking, and chain of custody for criminal matters.

Blockchain is a distributed ledger that records each step in a supply chain or transaction. Blockchain technology can be on a public network, such that everyone can see and access the information on the chain, or it can be on a private network, such that only persons in the network can access the information.  

Blockchain technologies would be an optimal solution for seed-to-sale tracking system as it would provide regulators with real-time transparency into cannabis inventory levels, and the movement of cannabis through the supply chain. The information captured in the distributed ledger is secured and cannot be changed.