CALIFORNIA: Lynette Shaw, the self-proclaimed “godmother of marijuana dispensaries,” is thrilled that tech is helping bring cannabis into the mainstream.
“It’s fabulous. I’m honored to see my godchildren creating all of this,” the 61-year-old said here Friday at the inaugural New West Summit, a two-day conference on the budding billion-dollar convergence of pot with technology, business and media.
Shaw, who in 1997 opened one of the first legal cannabis dispensaries in the US, received a lifetime achievement award at the confab, for her work as an activist in legalizing medical marijuana. And her “godchildren” were well represented at the summit, which wrapped up this weekend.
The conference featured dozens of information booths and 30 panel discussions devoted to pot and tech and other topics. The buzz has been building for some time, said Amy Poinsett, co-founder and CEO of Denver-based MJFreeway.com, a leading maker of business software that tracks legalized weed as it goes from grower to dispensary to user.