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Medical marijuana software: Developers MJ Freeway and idWeeds roll out wired weed

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Colorado boasts a thriving medical marijuana industry as well as a vibrant tech scene. It's little wonder, then, that, courtesy of forward-thinking companies such as MJ Freeway and idWeeds, we're now starting to see inklings of a homegrown marijuana tech industry sprouting up along the Front Range. Is this the start of a hot new start-up scene, or a pot-smoke-filled bubble destined to burst?

So far, developers are zeroing in on software applications that help medical marijuana centers deal with supply-chain and checkout needs within the increasingly regulated industry. The first player out of the gate is MJ Freeway, a web-based point-of-sale system developed by local medical marijuana patient and programmer Mark Goldfogel that also tracks inventory, organizes patient information and helps with financial audits.

MJ Freeway is up and running in a variety of marijuana businesses, but Goldfogel may soon be facing competition from the likes of idWeeds, another Colorado pot startup that's developing its own web-based MMJ software suite. IdWeeds, which was recently well received at the local tech conference Boulder Startup Week, aims to provide all the services of MJ Freeway and then some, including a smart-card program to track patient purchases and an eBay-like service to help dispensaries buy and sell excess marijuana among themselves.

Both services and other programs that may be in the works promise to provide much-needed organization to the still-nascent MMJ business world. But don't label any of them "the eBay of weed" just yet. For one thing, with the state's medical marijuana regulations very much in flux, any business software that hopes to be in it for the long haul is going to have to be constantly updated, or it's going to be as hopelessly obsolete as AOL.

Also, many medical marijuana centers have done just fine relying on traditional point-of-sale and inventory-management systems. If these tech upstarts hope to win over skeptics, they're going to have to prove that there is more to their industry-specific features other than just the marijuana references in their names.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Medical marijuana: Ganjapreneur says Arizona easier to do business in than Colorado right now."

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Joseph, 303 Organics
Joseph, 303 Organics

is Mark Goldfogel related to Greg Goldfogel? if you have following then you know why i ask.

Scram
Scram

Wow. I used to have a wooden pipe and small manila envelope of weed just like that -- back in 1981, that is.

patient
patient

On Monday, May 2, at 2pm, medical cannabis patients Dr. Mollie Fry and her husband, attorney Dale Schafer, will turn themselves in to federal authorities in Sacramento, California to begin serving five year prison terms for cultivating cannabis.

Their family and friends, advocates from Americans for Safe Access, and other supporters will hold a rally and press conference at the federal courthouse in Sacramento beginning at 1pm.

A clemency petition was filed at the end of April on their behalf in the federal Eastern District Court of Sacramento and sent to President Obama in an effort to avoid or shorten their imprisonment.

Dr. Fry and Mr. Schafer were prosecuted in federal court for cultivating cannabis, though they were both qualified patients and never had more than 44 plants. Federal prosecutors successfully argued that they were guilty of felony cultivation and conspiracy that carries five-year mandatory minimum sentences because the number of plants they would have grown over several years added up to more than 100.

Dr. Fry used cannabis to ease the effects of chemotherapy used to treat breast cancer; she had a radical mastectomy in 1997. Her experience led her to start a specialized clinic for medical cannabis patients.

Mr. Schafer, an attorney, used cannabis to manage chronic back pain and symptoms related to his hemophilia. A candidate for district attorney in Eldorado County in 2001 and a contributor to the county's guidelines on cultivation, Schafer also taught cultivation classes for other patients and provided free medicine.

On September 28, 2001, more than 20 state and federal agents raided their home and offices, seizing 34 plants and less than 2 pounds of cannabis. Dr. Fry's private patient records were also seized.

Nearly four years later, in June 2005, Dr Fry and Mr. Schafer were arrested on federal charges of manufacturing and conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana. They were convicted at trial in August 2007 and sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Frank Damrell to 5 years each. They also had their licenses to practice medicine and law revoked.

They lost their appeal in November 2010, and in March Judge Damrell ordered them to surrender on May 2nd.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

I'm particularly concerned about student loans and being in a dataBase saying I use marijuana

MMJ Spyware
MMJ Spyware

Good idea -- software that allows you to give up your rights cleanly and efficiently. Except that patients aren't going to go for it. The more we find out about the plans to track patient purchases, the more concerning it is for not only the constitutional privacy provisions for mmj patients, as well as all common sense medical privacy for all patients. Do you want to end up in a database and then lose your health insurance b/c Cigna hacked the database and got the names of all the mmj patients? They can say it's secure all they want, but in the end, patients better think long and hard before they get their mmj purchases entered into a database. The feds would sure like this database too.

Greg Goldfogel
Greg Goldfogel

Joseph,Do we know each other? Have I wronged you in a previous life? Or do you merely read the crazy dribble people slanderously write about others and take it as fact? If you ever want to meet to find out if I'm truly the jerk CTI poses, my personal cell is 720-999-8838. My email is ggoldfogel@aol.com, and yes, Mark is my brother.

Matt in Boulder
Matt in Boulder

Did you also load your bowl full of seeds like this picture shows? Snap, crackle pop!

Executive Pothead
Executive Pothead

Patient needs a new strain! New smoke might help to post a comment accurately, make a connection to the article or any point in a comment.

Robert
Robert

I didn't even notice the anachronism; guess I'm stuck back in 1981.

Some people are still smoking nasty bricked weed from the Mexican cartels, but patients use medicinal cannabis grown for Coloradans by Coloradans. The use of this photo to accompany a post about medical cannabis is inapt.

We won't buy the garbage the DEA wants us to on the black market, or fuel their insane war in Mexico, ever again. Obama has turned his back on medical cannabis patients, but he hopes that people who use cannabis and vote won't know or care. Here is one who does. The appointment of fascist beast Michele Leonhart as drug war general (DEA Administrator) opens a new chapter in the Department of Injustice's War on Americans.

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