With cannabis law reform steadily on the rise across the U.S., it is increasingly important that we continue to normalize and legitimize the cannabis industry and market. It was so refreshing to see SXSW include a cannabis track in their programming this year, and I am so happy to see that TechFestNW will be including several cannabis companies as part of their event this year in Oregon as well.
TechFestNW offers the opportunity to explore the best of tech trends in an up-close and personal way and includes four tracks of content- Blockchain, Future of Work, Smart Cities and Future of Health and Fitness. This year’s event takes place this week on April 4th and 5th in Portland, Oregon.
This will be the 8th TechfestNW and the 4th PitchFestNW. Sarah Nanbu is the Director of PitchFestNW and said that of the approximately 130 startups participating,10 of them are cannabis startups, which is more than in past years.
One would think that you’d see more of this kind of crossover in a state where we have had legalized adult-use/recreational cannabis laws for over 4 years, yet there is still a stigma associated with the cannabis plant and people who choose to work in this sector. …