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Mobile ad startup SinglePoint now has a marijuana payment solution subsidiary

With both Washington and Colorado allowing people to sell legal recreational marijuana, pot-related entrepreneurs — from growers to processors to retail shop owners — need a way to manage their funds more than ever. But that’s proving to be difficult, with a majority of the nation’s big banks and credit card companies wary of the legal ramifications that… Read More

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‘Yelp for marijuana’ startup Leafly places full-page ad in Sunday New York Times

Welcome to 2014, where you can buy legal marijuana and pot-related startups are advertising in the New York Times. Seattle-based Leafly, a marijuana strain resource that won GeekWire’s App of the Year award in May, is placing a full-page ad in Sunday’s edition of The New York Times tomorrow. This marks the first time that the Times has run an advertisement… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Microsoft vet helps marijuana users figure out what they’re smoking with LiveLabels

Now that anyone 21 years old and up can legally walk into a store and purchase marijuana in Washington, you can certainly expect an influx of people wanting to get high. But one problem for those relatively new to marijuana is figuring out how different strains affect the body. Will that OG Kush give you more energy? Does the Lemon… Read More

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On opening day for pot sales, Leafly sponsors food trucks

What better place to connect with pot consumers than a taco truck, next to a head shop? That’s the very logical marketing strategy being used in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood today by Leafly, the marijuana review app. The company marked the first day of legal marijuana sales in Washington state by sponsoring several food trucks around Seattle, in… Read More

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Growth market: Legalized marijuana creates ‘huge possibilities’ for startups

Want weed? Welcome to Seattle. Tuesday is opening day for Washington’s first recreational marijuana shops. Yep, that’s right — anyone 21 years and older can purchase a product that has been illegal across America for decades. Having passed I-502 in November 2012, Washington will become the second state after Colorado to regulate and oversee licensed growers and marijuana shop owners. It’s… Read More

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These college students are building an Uber for marijuana delivery

There’s an Uber for storage. There’s an Uber for moving couches. Now two young entrepreneurs are building an Uber for marijuana delivery. University of Washington students Megh Vakharia and Josiah Tullis are the co-founders behind Canary, a service that moves marijuana from the dispensary to your door. Vakharia and Tullis, who will be pitching at tonight’s TechCrunch Meetup… Read More

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Budding entrepreneurs pitch marijuana-related startup ideas to 60 investors in Seattle

In both Washington and Colorado, you’ll soon be able to walk into a store, purchase some pot and light one up at home — all legally. Entrepreneurs and investors are certainly taking notice. They see a market full of opportunity, whether it’s building a “Yelp for marijuana strains,” or building out a national premium pot company. This morning… Read More

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Business budding for marijuana startup as investors change attitude after legalization

With the former president of Mexico beside him high up in Seattle’s tallest skyscraper, Diego Pellicer founder Jamen Shivley announced to the world last Thursday plans to turn his commercial marijuana company into the Starbucks of Pot. While the press conference produced headlines across the globe, it also drew the ire of Washington’s “Pot Czar” Mark Kleiman, who called Shively… Read More

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Ex-Microsoft manager acquiring medical cannabis dispensaries for national pot business

When he formally announced Diego Pellicer last December, Jamen Shivley said he wanted his marijuana business to be a “first-mover.” Now he’s starting to make that happen. The former Microsoft corporate manager held a press conference today in downtown Seattle that included former Mexico president Vicente Fox. Shively announced that his company has acquired the rights… Read More

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Former Microsoft manager celebrates legal marijuana, explains his new pot venture

Some would say Jamen Shively has already had a nice career. He spent six years at Microsoft, eventually becoming a corporate manager. Then he went off and founded his own startup, an online marketplace for speciality foods. But nothing compared to what happened at midnight on Thursday when marijuana officially became legal in Washington. “This,”… Read More

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What legalization means for a medical marijuana startup

Over the past few years, Leafly CEO Brendan Kennedy has told potential investors that marijuana legalization is both inevitable and much closer than people realize. He refers to a “Berlin Wall” of marijuana prohibition that’s waiting to be taken down. With Washington (I-502) and Colorado (Amendment 64) becoming the first two states to legalize marijuana… Read More