​Distinguishing Between Vegetation Licenses & Standards for Shipment

Shipment of Vegetation

Available for Licensing
TRL: 5

IP Status

​PCT Patent Pending: WO 2019/210154


​Chad Kinney
James Carsella
Brian Heuvel
David Boston

At A Glance

Industries require a reliable test to determine where food products or certain vegetation originated.  Traceability, transparency, and authenticity are a necessity.  Currently, eTracking technology is utilized, but is too easily tampered with – the information can easily be switched, altered, and even removed.

Thus, researchers at Colorado State University Pueblo have developed a vegetation identification technique designed to allow regulatory officers and government officials to complete quick onsite differentiation of various vegetation, having immediate applicability in the differentiation of the two, primary species of cannabis and the specific licenses associated with each.

For example, current Cannabis tracking across the nation is regulated by companies that use RFID tags. And although these tags are sufficient at simplifying reporting and compliance processes, chain of custody and traceability can be an issue as tampering with RFID tags is a common issue in the industry.

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Jessy McGowan

Reference No.: 18-028


With the introduction of hemp, or low D9-tetrahydrocannabinol cannabis, as a legal agricultural commodity across the nation, states will be looking for faster identification methods to distinguish between legal and illegal plant material. As high D9-tetrahydrocannabinol cannabis (commonly referred to as marijuana) is currently considered a schedule 1 drug by the DEA, the danger of accidental transportation is of significant concern. Conviction can mean substantial fines, revocation of a driver’s license, loss of custodial rights to children, and jail time. Tracking methods through RFID tags do little to prevent the transportation of the wrong product across state lines. In 2017, 40% of the nation’s 1.5 million drug arrests were for cannabis – and it’s predicted these numbers will continue to rise.

  • Vegetation identification can be seamlessly integrated with current RFID tracking system
  • Deters RFID tampering
  • Allows for quick identification of plant species and licenses
  • Protects manufacturers and customers alike from misidentification of product
  • Technique is simple to implement with reliable results
  • Differentiation of organic food products in line with qualifying standards
  • Differentiation of Cannabis strains and licenses

Last updated: Dec 2021

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