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Tracking the Spend: Cannabis Control Spent $3M on Biggest IT Buys in 2023

Those purchases included technical tools, such as a mass spectrometer, and more conventional items, such as laptop computers.

The California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) spent just over $3 million on its five largest purchases of IT goods in 2023. Those purchases included technical tools, such as a mass spectrometer, and more conventional items such as laptop computers.

DCC oversees and regulates the growing, transportation and tracking of cannabis plants, the manufacture and sale of cannabis products and the labeling of goods for retail sale.

According to the State Contracting and Procurement Registration System, DCC spent $3,033,934 on its five biggest buys. (All numbers are rounded.) They were:
  • $780,245 for “Orbitrap Exploris 240 Basic System” (mass spectrometer equipment) in an Aug. 1 contract with Thermo Electron North American LLC, under a non-competitive bid for proprietary goods.
  • $736,500 for ServiceNow automation equipment in a Nov. 1 contract with HF Tech Services Inc. awarded under the Software Licensing Program (SLP).
  • $259,270 for “7010CA Quadrupole MS/MS EI Bundle” (gas chromatography mass spectrometry analysis gear) in a Jan. 24 contract that runs through Jan. 23, 2025, with Agilent Technologies Inc.
  • $203,070 for “1260 Infinity II Flexible Pump/Acquity UPLC H-Class,” equipment for blending solvents, in a June 23 contract with Strato Communications Inc.
  • $173,523 for Dell Latitude laptop computers, in a May 12 contract with PC Specialists Inc. that was awarded as a statewide contract.

The periodic reports of spending on IT goods and services by agencies and departments in state government are compiled by Industry Insider — California as a way of highlighting procurements and trends.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies including USA Today in Washington, D.C.