How Microsoft Will Help To Track Legalized Marijuana Sales

Marijuana is the slang term for portions of the Cannabis plant.  It is one of the oldest psychoactive substances used by man.

Most of the pschoactive properties of marijuana can be attributed to its content of a compound called tetrahydracannabinol, or THC.

This infamous seed has been found to have toxic effects particularly on men’s health. According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, smoking pot more than once a week can lower sperm count by a third. Several studies indicate that heavy marijuana use can lower the ability to fight infection and have an adverse impact on the immune system.

As for marijuana, whose legalization for medical uses has been a matter of strong public policy debate for years, there is ample evidence that beneficial compounds can be found in the plant. Medical marijuana advocates tout the drugs’ ability to soothe nausea and increase appetite, quiet pain, soothe anxiety and even reduce epileptic seizures. It contains 60 active ingredients known as cannabinoids(CBD).

Even though CBD shows much promise as a medicine, it remains illegal in many parts of the world.

As state after state has legalized marijuana in one way or another, big names in corporate America have stayed away entirely. Marijuana, after all, is still illegal, according to the federal government.

But Microsoft is breaking the corporate taboo on pot by announcing a partnership to begin offering software that tracks marijuana plants from “seed to sale” , teaming up with a Los Angeles start-up, Kind, that built the software the tech giant will begin marketing.

The software — a new product in Microsoft’s cloud computing business — is meant to help states that have legalized the medical or recreational use of marijuana keep tabs on sales and commerce, ensuring that they remain in the daylight of legality.

Microsoft will provide clients with  sophisticated requirements and tools to navigate regulations and laws, while tracking legal cannabis commerce and helping to stop product from reaching the black market.

Guest Blogger:
Wilda Crawford
Sources: American Journal of Epidemiology
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