Marijuana and tech: the new Gold Rush | Technicalities – Colorado News

Marijuana and tech: the new Gold Rush | Technicalities – Colorado News

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Marijuana is teetering on becoming a regularity in America. As more states legalize adult use, a wave of technology is spreading throughout the industry, including specialized cannabis software and technology for more efficient grow operations, as well as existing tech that can be tailored to the industry. Marijuana is much like a modern day gold rush, attracting dreamers, innovators, deep-pocket investors and entrepreneurs at a startling pace, and forcing its way into mainstream America, and there’s no sign it’s slowing down anytime soon.

Guardian Data Systems is just one example of marijuana technology growth. Guardian began as a service to buy medical marijuana from dispensaries online using a credit card — a novelty in a mostly cash-only industry. The system enables pre-approved customers with state-licensed dispensaries to use their credit cards to pay for product online and receive it via home delivery in states where it’s legal to do so, like Oregon and Nevada. Guardian’s tech offerings have morphed into a complete enterprise software solution for cannabis businesses, including point-of-sale and distribution software, automated inventory and delivery options, and more.

The ever-growing market has made room for simpler endeavors, too. MassRoots and Leafly provide information like THC and CBD levels, aroma and flavor in a plethora of cannabis strains. And weedmaps has grown to have one of…

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