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Marijuana tech firm Dutchie sues software firm Akerna in Pennsylvania

Marijuana e-commerce platform Dutchie is suing cannabis technology software firm Akerna Corp. over what it claims is a violation of Pennsylvania law.

Dutchie’s lawsuit says Pennsylvania law requires open integration with any partner, including point-of-sales systems, and alleges that Akerna is unfairly refusing to open its state traceability system to allow integration with cannabis retailers’ technology partners of choice.


Akerna, an offshoot of the MJ Freeway-MTech merger, provides seed-to-sale tracking to Pennsylvania marijuana companies through its Leaf Data Systems software.

“We have heard from numerous customers and retailers from across the state that they had no choice but to use Akerna’s point of sale system despite the better options available,” John Kelleher, general counsel for Bend, Oregon-based Dutchie, said in a statement.

“Retailers should have the freedom to choose the technology partners that best help them succeed and ensure patients have safe and easy access

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