Microsoft gets into the game
KIND Financial, the leader in technology for cannabis compliance, has announced the launch of KIND Government Solutions with Microsoft Corp. to acquire government-facing contracts for seed to sale tracking. Microsoft selected KIND to participate in its newly created Microsoft Health and Human Services Pod for Managed Service Providers. The goal of this relationship is to leverage each company's resources to provide State, County, and Municipalities with purpose built solutions for track and trace ('seed to sale' in the cannabis industry) technology.  

HelloMD on the move up
HelloMD, the leading digital healthcare platform for medical marijuana patients, announced that more than 100 cannabis retail, product and delivery companies have embedded its white label doctors service into their websites. The streamlined medical / retail experience brings discrete delivery of legally compliant cannabis directly to patients everywhere. "As both demand and competition increases, medical cannabis retailers are seeking better tools for on-ramping and retaining their patients," said Larry Lisser, Head of Business Development for HelloMD. "The HelloMD 'patient compliance as a service' has literally changed the way dispensaries and online collectives connect with patients, by turning what was traditionally an obstacle into a valuable marketing opportunity."

IoT and cannabis, finally
After three years in development, gro.io launched the world's first app-controlled, intelligent hydroponic system. gro.io's automated growing platform combines a powerful computer with sensors, valves and pumps, making it easy for everyone to grow hydroponically. "While both attitudes and laws around marijuana are changing rapidly, most people still view growing their own as a difficult and time-consuming process," said gro.io Founder Doug Slemmer. "We're going to change this. Our smart, fully integrated hydroponic system minimizes the time, complexity and knowledge required to grow just about anything."

Join us in Oakland!
Attending the Cannabis Business Summit in Oakland? A new council is forming within the NCIA called the "Marketing Standards Council." The council will be dedicated to helping NCIA members establish uniform best practices and generally strategize, share best practices, and excel at a variety of Sales, Marketing, and PR strategies. The councils will host monthly sessions on topics of interest to regional members. One council is off the ground in Boulder and new ones are forming in Denver, California, and elsewhere. To learn more and get involved, come to the Cannabis Business Summit meeting on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, from 1:00 - 3:00 in Oakland. Learn more here.

Three questions with...
We're stoked to launch a new feature on our blog. We're calling it "Three questions with..." Each post will feature a different company and their answers to our questions. For our inaugural post we asked Cannabis Vape Reviews where the industry is headed. Go here to find out what they had to say!

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