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Seed To Sale Tracking And Compliance: If Coffee Was Regulated Like Cannabis


Let’s be clear: coffee is not a regulated substance. You can buy it almost everywhere, and there aren’t limits to how much you can purchase, what form it has to come in, and where you can consume it. You can buy it at any age and at any time of day or night.

If coffee was regulated like cannabis, however, it would be a bit trickier. In addition to limits on where, when, and how it was sold, every Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, or independent coffee shop would have to account for every bean that goes into a coffee product, whether a cup of plain old brewed coffee, espresso, cappuccino, or pumpkin spice latte.

Every grocery store or specialty retailer selling coffee would need to keep detailed records about where their products came from. They would have to report back to government regulators where the beans were planted, who harvested them, who roasted them, and who sold them to the shop – all the way back to where the seeds for the plant came from.

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