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Pot growers eye high-tech future at New West Summit

The tie-dyed set of indie marijuana growers may still have its place, but an industrial approach to cannabis seems to be on the horizon.

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The rapidly growing recreational marijuana industry is moving on from the "stoner" stereotype. Tie-dye has been traded in for suits and ties.
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The rapidly growing recreational marijuana industry is moving on from the "stoner" stereotype. Tie-dye has been traded in for suits and ties.

The nascent cannabis industry, once primarily small businesses, is quickly automating processes from handmade to industrial scale to keep up with demand.
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The nascent cannabis industry, once primarily small businesses, is quickly automating processes from handmade to industrial scale to keep up with demand.

Baker is a customer relationship management, or CRM, tool designed to help dispensaries grow their business and build relationships with customers.
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Baker is a customer relationship management, or CRM, tool designed to help dispensaries grow their business and build relationships with customers.

SunGrown Zero provides solar driven indoor cultivation systems.
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SunGrown Zero provides solar driven indoor cultivation systems.

Attendees of the New West Summit conference in Oakland, California, take a break in the sound-bathing room.
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Attendees of the New West Summit conference in Oakland, California, take a break in the sound-bathing room.

The Stashaweigh is a Bluetooth-connected smart scale and locking container for storing marijuana. It's operated via a phone app.
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The Stashaweigh is a Bluetooth-connected smart scale and locking container for storing marijuana. It's operated via a phone app. 

An array of vaporizer technology, like this piece from Vuber Vaporizer, was on display at the New West Summit conference.
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An array of vaporizer technology, like this piece from Vuber Vaporizer, was on display at the New West Summit conference.

Swami Chaitanya, co-founder of Swami Select and president of the Mendocino Cannabis Industry Association, spoke at the New West Summit.
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Swami Chaitanya, co-founder of Swami Select and president of the Mendocino Cannabis Industry Association, spoke at the New West Summit.

Marijuana startup owners pitch their businesses and find their path to venture capital on "The Marijuana Show."
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Marijuana startup owners pitch their businesses and find their path to venture capital on "The Marijuana Show."

PathogenDX microbe detector
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A PathogenDX sample holder can be used to detect 40 bacterial contaminants in each of 12 samples with a 6-hour test process. The company showed a new version of its technology at the New West Summit marijuana show.

Balloon bong at New West Summit
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A "balloon bong" by balloon artist Addi Somekh at the New West Summit marijuana show.

PathogenDX CEO Milan Patel
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PathogenDX CEO Milan Patel

PathogenDX CEO Milan Patel explains his company's microbe-detecting technology at the New West Summit marijuana show.

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