A cloud for a cloud.
On Thursday, Kind announced a new service for government agencies and regulators that enables so-called “seed to sale” tracking. Kind Government Solutions will use Microsoft’s Azure cloud to collect and monitor the data that’s needed for ensuring compliance with the patchwork of U.S. laws relating to marijuana production.
Similar services are out there, such as BioTrackTHC, which already has five state contracts, and New York State uses Oracle ORCL 2.54% to manage its medical marijuana program. But this is the first case of a major tech company openly attaching its name to this market, in search of new business.
Microsoft’s executive director of state and local government solutions, Kimberley Nelson, told the New York Times that the company expects “significant growth” in the industry.
“As the industry is regulated, there will be more transactions, and we believe there will be more sophisticated requirements and tools down the road,” she said.