Seattle Technology Meets Marijuana In New Networking Event

WASHINGTON:  A kitchen device that infuses cannabis into your food and a Yelp! for Marijuana. Those are two ideas that have start-up companies growing fast with connections to the state’s new Marijuana industry.

Many of the entrepreneurs are attending a series of Cannabis Tech Meet ups in Seattle. The second event took place Monday night at Magical Butter Studios in Seattle’s SoDo district and more than a hundred people showed up and took part.

“‘Pot head’, ‘weedy’, ‘stoner.’ These are negative connotations,” said Red Russak, organizer of the meet up. “These are entrepreneurs, and they command respect.”

People of every background participated in the conversation Monday night, even those who know little about weed.

“You have the guy who has never smoked before that’s like ‘Wait a minute, I’ve never smoked before, but this could be something big,” Russak said.

Eager Entrepreneurs Talk Shop At The Inaugural Cannabis Tech Meetup

WASHINGTON:  A group of entrepreneurs, startup developers and cannabis-industry professionals networked and talked shop at Seattle’s first Cannabis Tech Meetup at Magical Butter Studios in SoDo Monday evening.

Red Russak, organizer of the Seattle Tech Meetup and one of the leading forces behind the Cannabis Tech event, was surprised and delighted that more than 50 people with a “perfect blend” of cannabis and tech backgrounds attended the inaugural event. With the legalization of marijuana, so-called cannapreneurs are looking to profit.

“Prohibition era is close to ending. You’ve got smart people thinking about where to start their business,” he said. “Any help we can provide for the community, the better.”

Many of the startups are similar to existing tech companies, just tailored to the marijuana market, such as Canary, which is being described as “Uber for marijuana,” or The Happy Crate, which, similar to Birchbox, provides “tools and accessories to help you smoke smarter” as well as fun things to do while high. Founders of both Canary and The Happy Crate attended the meetup, along with James Lathrop, owner of recreational marijuana store Cannabis City which will be the first in Seattle to open its doors on Tuesday.

 

 

 

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