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Spark-up, start-up: Microsoft seeks green in marijuana trade

Microsoft is partnering with a software company that helps legal marijuana growers with ‘seed to sale’ tracking across the United States.

Redmond is working with Kind Financial to help it market the software to government and state legislators looking to ensure growers and distributors are playing by the rules.

As part of the partnership, Kind’s software will reside on Microsoft’s “Azure Government” cloud network.

Kimberly Nelson, Executive Director State and Local Government Solutions from Microsoft said (via Business Insider): “KIND’s strategic industry positioning, experienced team and top-notch-technology running in the Microsoft Azure Government cloud, made for an easy decision to align efforts.”

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Legal marijuana is becoming big business in the United States, with more than 20 states already approving it for medicinal use.

Four of those states, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, also allow it for recreational use.

Microsoft it seems is among those seeking to earn a little green from the green.

KIND Financial Founder & CEO David Dinenberg said: “I am delighted that Microsoft supports KIND’s mission to build the backbone for cannabis compliance.”

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