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The First Big Company to Say It’s Serving the Legal Marijuana Trade? Microsoft.

News Posted Jun 15 2016

Microsoft announced this week that they will be partnering with the tech company, Kind, to develop sofware the for legal marijuana industry. The more it grows, the more the industry desparately needs a standard to track each marijuana plant through the system, and this new 'seed to sale' software is designed to do just that. While Microsoft will be far from selling marijuana directly, the fact that such a large corporate company is willing to associate with the controversial (and still federally illegal) industry, is a great sign. Some states have resorted to using smaller companies with less resources to track the plants, but a singular regulated system for the country, 

“We do think there will be significant growth,” said Kimberly Nelson, the executive director of state and local government solutions at Microsoft. “As the industry is regulated, there will be more transactions, and we believe there will be more sophisticated requirements and tools down the road.”

Original article: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/17/business/dealbook/microsoft-following-the-clouds-to-offer-marijuana-tracking-software.html?_r=0

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