‘Godmother’ Of Cannabis Meets Her Tech-Happy Children At SF Pot Summit

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

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 Read the full article…

Cannabis Startup LeafLink Sprouts In New York

LeafLink is the third startup founded by Ryan Smith, 24, who grew up in Manhattan and started his first two companies while still an undergrad at Colgate University.

NEW YORK: There may be only five licensed medical-marijuana companies in New York state, but that doesn’t mean local entrepreneurs are going to let them have all the fun. Selling products such as luxury weed accessories and industrial grow lights, New York startups are hoping to profit from marijuana’s legalization in a number of states. Read the full article…

Snoop Dogg Lights Up ‘Merry Jane,’ A Marijuana Lifestyle Content Site

the site will be a gathering place for everyone from those curious about cannabis to seasoned smokers and will feature things like original video content, including a series called “Deflowered,” where people get high and describe a new experience they had while enjoying marijuana.

Rapper-turned-tech-investor Calvin Broadus, better known as Snoop Dogg, is now a startup founder, too: he’s launching Merry Jane, a marijuana lifestyle site that he said will be “the encyclopedia to the cannabis world.” Snoop laid out plans for Merry Jane on stage Monday at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference: the site will be a gathering place for everyone from those Read the full article…

The Green Rush: Finding Tech Business Opportunities Within The Cannabis Sector

In achieving this within the cannabis industry, an enormous opportunity exists for technologists to both standardize and create proper marketplaces within which to sell raw cannabis, as well as its derivatives.

Cannabis, marijuana, pot, weed, ganja, Mary Jane, doobage. Whatever you call it, it has taken center stage in the world of investment. It’s getting the 15 minutes of fame it rightfully deserves, and it’s getting it right now. Traditionally, whenever anyone mentioned the words “cannabis” and “entrepreneur” together in one sentence, it meant one thing: Read the full article…

The PayPal Of Recreational Pot: Startup Aims To Eliminate Cash From Washington State Marijuana business

Everyone uses cash because banks, which are federally regulated, aren't keen on the idea of getting into business in an industry that is still federally illegal.

WASHINGTON: Recreational marijuana may be legal in Washington state, but in many ways, it’s still a risky business. The biggest risk is that nearly all transactions happen with cash. And not just customers buying marijuana, but much bigger transactions when retailers buy from the producers that actually grow the pot. Everyone uses cash because banks, which Read the full article…

Leafly Founders Depart, Raise Cash For New Marijuana Business Intelligence Startup

“We’re staying in the cannabis industry but are tackling a different problem,” said Scott, who’s taking on the CEO role for the new company.

WASHINGTON: After five years, the founders of marijuana strain and dispensary database Leafly are moving on to their next cannabis-related startup. Cy Scott, Brian Wansolich, and Scott Vickers — who launched Leafly in 2010 — are the co-founders of Headset, a new Seattle-based startup that’s building a business intelligence platform for the fast-growing marijuana industry. Headset, which just raised about $450,000 of a Read the full article…

California Delivery Service Dubbed ‘Birchbox of Marijuana’

The Guild is being dubbed the "Birchbox of marijuana" for its familiar business model.

CALIFORNIA:  The Guild, a subscription-based marijuana delivery service, launched in San Francisco, California, this year — on April 20, or “420,” no less. Founded by two New Yorkers who transplanted west in pursuit of like-minded cannabis users, The Guild is being dubbed the “Birchbox of marijuana” for its familiar business model. Members of The Guild, Read the full article…