Michigan Growers Guide to Metrc

Regulations can be confusing, with little documentation and support available. We did the research so you can save time and stay compliant.

Tips, tricks and workflows to grow that fine cannabis compliantly.

What's in this Guide?

  • Metrc overview + resources
  • Tracking plants through their growth phases
  • Harvesting workflows + best practices
  • Packages + transfers 
  • and lots more!


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"Thank you for the handy Metrc guide. It's a lovely piece of work and great value to help me give my farm managers an easy overview."

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Michigan Metrc FAQ

Michigan Metrc

Metrc won Michigan's medical marijuana tracking software contract in 2017. In August 2018, Metrc began operating and working with licensed cannabis businesses in the state. Then with Michigan’s passing of adult-use legislation, Metrc Michigan began supporting the additional group of Michigan cannabis licenses in December 2019.

Metrc Compliance

Michigan MRA (Marijuana Regulatory Agency) was created to regulate Michigan’s adult-use cannabis operators. The MRA oversees the cannabis industry in the state, including all growers, microbusinesses, dispensaries or provisioning centers, secure transporters, consumption lounges and events. MRA sees Metrc compliance as crucial to having real-time access to all cannabis activity in Michigan.

Seed to sale means tracking a marijuana plant, from its first planting, to its sale, when a consumer or patient purchases the marijuana products at a dispensary or provisioning center. The compliance statewide reporting system allows for full visibility and transparency, with the state’s primary goal to prevent illicit sale and movement of cannabis.

The compliance information that is reported to the state via the Metrc system includes seed or clone purchase, germination dates, planting and harvest dates, strains and batch numbers, harvest batch numbers, testing records, and the contact information of other cannabis business owners that you worked with.

Metrc Training in Michigan

Cannabis businesses in Michigan must all undergo official Metrc training. Sign up on Metrc's site via ‘Training Signup’ button. In addition, Metrc will announce any in-person training on a bulletin on their site.

3rd party consultancies also provide Metrc training, compliance audits and general Metrc support to the cannabis industry across the US. Considering how sparse Metrc’s library of videos/articles is, it may be a good idea to seek supplemental training and assistance elsewhere.


In Michigan, all licensees must pay a $40 monthly support fee. This covers Metrc support and training. Licensees must also purchase the tags for their plants and marijuana products. Cannabis plant tags are $0.45 per tag while package tags are $0.25 per tag.

To read more about costs involved in Michigan Metrc and Metrc tags, see Metrc’s support bulletins.

4 Tips to Stay Compliant

  1. Perform regular inventory management + reconciliation
  2. Train yourself and others on your team
  3. Create a culture of compliance
  4. Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

How Software Can Help

Trym ​​automates compliance with Michigan Metrc.  While some smaller cannabis businesses choose to enter information by hand or upload spreadsheets into Metrc, others enlist the help of a 3rd party seed to sale software company, like Trym.

Automation centralizes data in an organization. Trym connects to the state system via Metrc API. The connection streamlines reporting compliance data. Instead of inputting data into Metrc, cultivators choose Trym for its better usability and added value from its tools like task management and crop steering for higher yields.