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Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce Announces Strategic Partnership with solo sciences in an Effort to Combat Counterfeits Amidst Recent Vape-Related Illnesses


WASHINGTON, D.C., (September 30, 2019)—The Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce (GACC), a trade organization representing a major cross-section of the global cannabis industry, today announced its strategic partnership with solo sciences, the world’s first cryptographically-secure cannabis product authentication system.

According to the CDC, reported vaping illnesses have grown to more than 805 cases with 12 confirmed fatalities. As a result, leaders throughout the cannabis industry have called for regulatory action. However, a lack of information, fast-changing laws, and a lack of federal oversight have made the legal cannabis marketplace vulnerable to illegal sellers and harmful products.

Together, solo sciences and GACC have decided to partner to ensure that medical patients and adult consumers do not unwittingly purchase counterfeit or illicit vape products. With solo sciences’ technology, consumers can instantly authenticate legitimate products as differentiated from counterfeits. Through the partnership, solo sciences will be offering GACC members a substantial discount on anti-counterfeiting, instant product recall solo*CODE™ technology.

“GACC is proud to partner with solo sciences as we work to increase cannabis consumer confidence that products are from legal, state-regulated sources,” said Randal John Meyer, Executive Director at GACC. “With solo*CODE™, our partners have the ability to take an active role to provide a verification system for their consumers.” 

The mobile-first solo*CODE™ platform uses an app to decipher uniquely encoded labels— identifying authentic products without the need for expensive packaging technologies like holograms and radio-frequency identification (RFID). The patented technology creates uniquely different digital fingerprints that can only be used and decoded using the solo* app. The mobile app then allows for real-time decryption of the solo*CODE™, producing the product authenticity report.

“We’re determined to facilitate the creation of a more transparent cannabis marketplace,” said Ashesh (Alex) Shah, CEO and founder of solo sciences. “In light of the recent outbreak of vape-related illnesses and reports, we’re reminded of the need to ensure product legitimacy. With our solo*CODE™ technology, we will provide GACC members a toolto build trust among consumers and distributors, while securing the supply chain.”

About The Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce (GACC)

The Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce (GACC) exists to provide policymakers and legislators with the guidance necessary to take the nascent cannabis industry from the grey market into a global provider of medical and adult-use cannabis products. GACC advocates in front of government policymakers and legislators in order to legalize and regulate the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, or use of medical and adult-use cannabis products globally. For more information contact Randal John Meyer, GACC recently released “ground-breaking” model cannabis legislation, which would legalize cannabis in the United States with a comprehensive regulatory framework for safe access, justice reform, and respect for state laws. GACC is represented in Washington, D.C. by K&L Gates LLP.

About solo sciences

Boston-based solo sciences provides next-generation anti-counterfeiting technology fused with a direct communication system between brands and consumers via solo*, its proprietary technology offerings, comprised of solo*TAG™ for supply-chain validation, a consumer-facing solo*CODE™ cryptographically secure trust mark, solo* mobile app, patented solo*ID®, and AI-driven backend system. The solo sciences mission is to build confidence and establish trust among consumers, while enabling retailers and distributors to close the loop with creators and producers. For more information, visit


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