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A California-based cannabis nursery has turned to blockchain and smart contracts to verify the authenticity of its medicinal plants.

The hemp nursery, known as the Mendocino Clone Company, was named in a January 13 partnership announcement between the EMTRI project and technology company Global Compliance Applications.

It will use the project’s blockchain capabilities to certify all clones or baby plants with a certificate.

Hemp nurseries are facilities that specialize in plant genetics, producing clones and baby plants and seeds for wholesale distribution.

The move allows the nursery to “document the early stages of a cannabis plant’s journey to becoming a premium product for consumers based on its flower gram weight,” it said.

Photo of a hemp plant nursery. Source: Mendocino Clone Company

A batch certificate is a self-generated smart contract for each clone batch. It provides each baby plant with its own “unique identity block” created by the nursery and linked to its Ethereum-based blockchain.

Its customers, which include commercial farms and retail dispensaries, can use it to verify the authenticity of their clones and their genetic origins, it added.

The first round of certificates will be available from the first week of February.

Additionally, licensed developers who purchase Mendocino clones will gain access to EMTRI Token (EMT) rewards and better pricing for participating in the blockchain project.

EMT was launched in November 2022 to reward program participants. Tokens can be traded on Uniswap for USDC or bet for future returns. EMT is not listed on any centralized exchange or crypto market data platforms such as CoinGecko.

Scott Zarnes, co-founder of EMTRI Corp, commented:

“We are thrilled to be at the forefront of the cannabis industry, being the first in the United States to adopt this cutting-edge technology in this way.”

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However, combining crypto with cannabis is not a new concept.

In November, a cannabis-themed Metaverse project called Cannaland launched to create a virtual world for cannabis enthusiasts. In January 2022, the custom pipe maker launched iconic bongs that celebrities like Snoop Dogg and Santana use to get their hands on NFTs.

Projects like PotCoin (POT) and CannabisCoin (CANN) aimed to provide an industry-specific digital currency back in 2014.