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grassroots11It was only a matter of time before someone organized a weed-related hackathon —particularly in Seattle, a startup hub where recreational marijuana is now available to purchase.

GrassRoots, Seattle’s first-ever hackathon for cannabis-related technology, will gather entrepreneurs, hackers, designers, and more on May 29-31 at WeWork Seattle.

Josh McBroom, lead organizer of GrassRoots, was motivated to start a weed hackathon in Seattle while attending the Cannabis Tech Meetup this past summer.

“We got Online Marijuana Design to come on board as our first sponsor and build the first version of our website, got WeWork to agree to host us, and have been leveraging this thing into existence since,” McBroom said.

GrassRoots will be the nation’s second-ever pot hackathon. This past September, MassRoots hosted an event in Colorado, the only other state where you can legally purchase recreational marijuana.

As marijuana laws undergo serious change in the U.S., there’s somewhat of a gold rush going on with entrepreneurs building weed-related technologies in a nascent-yet-opportunistic industry. There’s everything from new breathalyzers to delivery services to real estate market exchanges that have popped up, and investors are starting to put some serious money behind these cannabis companies.

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