7 Hottest Marijuana Startups in 2015

image of marijuana startup business 1As regulations begin to change, people are taking the pot industry more seriously, and there are lots of startups popping up all over the place. With Colorado and Washington leading the way, many more states seem to be realising the benefits and voting to legalise marijuana. With more places in the mix, we will likely see many more startups looking to take the marijuana industry further. Here are the new ones to look out for in this up and coming market.

With more places in the mix, we will likely see many more startups looking to take the marijuana industry further. Here are the new ones to look out for in this up and coming market.

WeedMaps

An online community for marijuana users that allow users to connect with each other as well as providing information on different strains, local dispensaries and doctors. One of the first online cannabis networks, it was bought in 2010 when it was already making hundreds of thousands of dollars a month. Since then WeedMaps has kept growing, acquiring three more companies as well as helping charities.

image of marijuana startup business 2Marijuana.com

Bought in 2011 for $4.2 million by WeedMaps, this site is like a social network with a marijuana theme. There is a bulletin board where interesting and fun pictures can be shared as well as informative articles like on WeedMaps. Users create an account and browse through the images and stories, meet other people, follow celebrities, etc. The fact that we now have a marijuana-themed social network shows how acceptable it has become in mainstream society and illustrates how many people show an interest, which is a lot.WeedMaps, this site is like a social network with a marijuana theme. There is a bulletin board where interesting and fun pictures can be shared as well as informative articles like on WeedMaps. Users create an account and browse through the images and stories, meet other people, follow celebrities, etc. The fact that we now have a marijuana-themed social network shows how acceptable it has become in mainstream society and illustrates how many people show an interest, which is a lot.

Ploom

Ploom are the smoking accessory kings in the industry. It was started by James Monsees and Adam Bowen. The company mainly targets smokers of tobacco and pot with its range of accessories and even their blends, though the recent vaporizers have been a huge hit in the cannabis community. The Pax vaporizer has many great features that have made it so popular with smokers and non-smokers, and they have just released a newer, slimmer model that makes it even better.

Leafly

Similar to WeedMaps, Leafly is also an online community for consumers of marijuana. It has fast become one of the main places for cannabis information and resources. They cover hundreds of strains where people can read reviews, user ratings and get more information, plus recent pot-related news and local doctors and dispensaries. Privateer Holdings took over Leafly in 2011 and now use it as their main source of data and information.

Eaze / Meadow

These two companies are both based in San Francisco though Eaze is planning expansion to LA, Denver and Seattle. They both partner with local medical marijuana dispensaries and deliver your order to your front door. Regulations can be difficult in some places with many similar companies getting shut down, but as the industry grows this type of company will increase as we all love things delivered to our doorstep.

PotBotics

Based in New York and California, PotBotics are the brains when it comes to understanding the substance. They develop tools and software that can assist doctors, patients and growers of weed to completely understand the ins and outs of the drug and what it does to people.

Their most recent release comes as software for tablets called PotBot, using algorithms and reviews it recommends and helps patients decide which strain of the drug they need to use. The amazing BrainBot helmet aids doctors to measure brain waves and reactions of patients to specific strains. The next product to come is the NanoPot that reads the DNA of cannabis seeds to improve grower’s yields. So far, the company has raised over $1 million to improve scientific and medical legitimacy for the industry.

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