Microsoft to work with cannabis compliance tech firm Kind

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Microsoft is dipping its toe in the legal marijuana business.

The giant tech company is partnering with a startup that makes software for the booming legal cannabis industry. Microsoft will help Los Angeles-based Kind Financial market its software to local and state government agencies that monitor marijuana growers or distributors for compliance with regulations governing pot production and sales.

Microsoft Corp. is best known for making software for personal computers. But as PC sales have declined, the company has been building a “cloud computing” business that provides online services for big businesses and organizations, including software that runs in Microsoft’s data centres.

Kind’s software will run on Microsoft’s “Azure Government” cloud, a network that provides online services for public agencies.