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Tue
05
May

Tracking the marijuana business, from seed to sale

Bio-Tech Medical Software Inc. has two state contracts, it operates in 18 states and outside the U.S., and it recently closed a $5 million series A round of funding.

But the company struggles with an issue facing any business operating in the marijuana industry today, even though it isn’t directly dealing with the plants.

“One of our greatest desires is to be seen as legitimate,” said Patrick Vo, co-CEO of the company. “To not be seen as barely legalized drug dealers, but to be seen as legitimate business people.”

Tue
05
May

The DEA Is Coming Under Congressional Scrutiny for Buying Hacking Tools

A US senator is concerned about privacy and wants some answers on how exactly the Drug Enforcement Administration has been using powerful hacking software bought from a controversial Italian surveillance company.

Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley (R-Iowa), sent a letter with a list of detailed questions to the Department of Justice on Wednesday, roughly two weeks after Motherboardrevealed that the DEA had signed a contract in 2012 for $2.4 million worth of spyware from Hacking Team.

Tue
05
May

New Cannabis Industry Testing Standards May Open Big Opportunities for GTSO

Green Technology Solutions, Inc. (GTSO) continues work to bring its new cannabis testing laboratory online in Colorado as demand rises within the industry for improved, standardized testing methodology.

Mon
04
May

Israeli start-up develops first medical marijuana inhaler

MONTREAL — The day may soon come when those prescribed medical marijuana will not have to roll and smoke a joint to obtain its benefits. 

A palm-sized inhaler has been developed by Israeli entrepreneur Perry Davidson that delivers a metered dose of marijuana’s medicinal components. He says this method is more effective clinically and eliminates the high associated with cigarette inhaling.

Davidson, founder and CEO of the startup Syqe Medical, told participants at a daylong conference April 30 on Israel’s booming high-tech sector, that the device is the first of its kind in the world.

Mon
04
May

How The Tesla Battery Will Benefit Marijuana Growers

A medium-sized commercial weed grow with around 50 lights stands to save about $13,500 in electricity costs a year with the use of two Tesla Batteries. Those will also protect the plants in case of power outages while making the operation less visible to law enforcement. Elon Musk just made growing weed easier.

Sun
03
May

Mayweather Pacquiao After Party Sponsored by Weedmaps

LAS VEGAS, Nev., May 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas on May 2 has the entire world riveted. Whoever emerges victorious everyone will win at the Mega Fight After Party with Nicki Minaj and Funkmaster Flex. Now Weedmaps has joined FilmOn TVMoet USAMYX Fusions and Red Bull to sponsor the party of the year.

Sat
02
May

Crowdfunding Marries Cannabis Startups and Capital

The Marijuana Investor Summit was not short on speakers and panelists offering advice on financing a cannabis business. But many cannabis entrepreneurs learned a grittier lesson in the conference center’s labyrinth-like hallways and the hotel’s lobby bar: don’t rely on venture capitalists to finance your early-stage business.

Sat
02
May

Energy up in Smoke: The Carbon Footprint of Indoor Cannabis Production

What kind of facility has lighting as intense as that found in an operating room (500-times more than needed for reading), 6-times the air-change rate of a biotech laboratory and 60-times that of a home, and the electric power intensity of a datacenter?

The emergent industry of indoor Cannabis production results in prodigious energy use, costs, and greenhouse-gas pollution. Large-scale industrialized and highly energy-intensive indoor cultivation of Cannabis is driven by criminalization, pursuit of security, and the desire for greater process control and yields. The practice occurs across the United States and in many other countries.

Fri
01
May

The Future of Cannabis Vaporizers

The early 1990s already feel like a lifetime ago, but that’s when vaporizers first started to hit the market alongside car phones, Sega Genesis, and the first Internet browser. And much like mobile phones, vaporizer design has evolved over the past two decades, getting increasingly smaller, smarter, and more powerful. Let’s take a look at how advanced technology has changed the cannabis vaping experience and what cannabis vaporization will look like in the not-too-distant future.

 

Fri
01
May

Marijuana's magic bean men

The outlaw botanists who designed the marijuana Americans smoke and the money they didn't make doing it

Since almost everyone interviewed for this story is, or has been, a criminal, almost everyone long ago adopted pseudonyms. Some are no longer criminals, so don’t mind their real names being used. Some are no longer criminals, but still prefer to use their pseudonyms.

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