Coders and Cannabis
This very second, Silicon Valley startups are doing what they do best: working out how to grab a piece of the booming market in marijuana. Confident Cannabis, for example, is one start-up that’s put out a call for coders and techies to develop their front and backend software. Their aim is primarily making getting high “as easy as ordering delivery food.”
But of those technologies, perhaps the most important has to do with “Big Data.” Analyzing consumer trends and making savvy decisions when it comes to logistics and supply. Then there’s the consumer side of things, with many cannabis tech start-ups looking to improve the experience of purchasing marijuana.
Rather than mimicking your dodgy local dealer, Confident Cannabis is rapidly adding a lot of value using data.
From individual users in relevant U.S. states to shops and producers, coders design the software that’s essential for testing products, collecting industry data and setting the standards for what cannabis should be.
Confident Cannabis is not the first weed-meets-tech thing out there, however. Weedmaps launched way back in 2008 to help users share information about medical marijuana suppliers. It’s since opened up to recreational users too.
Smoking pot is entirely legal for adults in four U.S. states, and startups in this area know how their reputation is tied into having slick websites and apps.
Cannabis coders can also help to “bring transparency to legal marijuana.” This transparency is good for the industry for two reasons. One, it’s the only way for lawmakers and the public to understand the impact of legalization. And two, it helps combat the “stoner stigma.”
Transparency can also contribute to improving the visibility of the negative aspects of cannabis abuse. It can help dispel misinformation and false stereotypes about the effects and consequences of consuming marijuana. So, if you’re a coder and love marijuana, there’s a legitimate job for you.