Coders and Cannabis: Why Techies Will Shape the Future of Weed

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.”

In many ways, the legal cannabis industry is at the cutting edge of high-tech business solutions. From growing to smoking, revolutionary technologies continue to make their mark in the firm.

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.

Confident Cannabis

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.

Startups like Eaze and Meadow have also joined the game. Both have been called the ‘Uber‘ medical weed. Now, they’re backed by serious investors and venture capital.

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.

Coders Needed

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.