Reported Cyberattack Crashes Major Cannabis Industry Software, Sends Retailers Scrambling

Article by Emily Gray Brosious, Extract

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MJ Freeway, a software platform used widely by state-legal marijuana businesses, crashed over the weekend due to an apparent cyberattack, forcing a number of medical dispensaries and recreational pot shops across the country to close Sunday, Marijuana Business Daily reports.

Marijuana businesses use MJ Freeway to facilitate sales transactions, manage patient records, track inventory and for general operations. Importantly, the software helps ensure that marijuana businesses remain compliant with state and local cannabis laws.

The crash affected operations at 1,000 retailers in 23 states, but MJ Freeway says no client data was stolen.

The Denver-based company said the outage is believed to be caused by a “cyber attack (sic) of unknown origin.”

“Our initial analysis indicates that this was a direct attack on MJ Freeway’s infrastructure,” Jeannette Ward, MJ Freeway’s director of data and marketing, told Marijuana Business Daily.

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