Tech, Drugs, Rock n’ Roll – all in a day at BPR.

September 1, 2015

high_steaksAs many of you may know, both Washington and Colorado legalized the use of recreational marijuana in 2012. If you are reading this blog, you may also know that Barokas Communications has an office in both Seattle and Denver. Coincidence? Well, yes. Fortuitous? We hope so.

Last week a group of us attended Seattle’s Cannabis Tech Meetup, a monthly event hosted by the crew behind New Tech Seattle whose aim is to unite Pacific Northwest companies doing cool things with cannabis-related technology. Entrepreneurs, investors, job seekers, and curious folk from all walks of life were in attendance to network and talk about the dynamic Seattle tech industry, and the merits between Indica and Sativa. sativaWhat were we doing there? Besides the obvious—it’s fucking cool! We also have a new client in the industry:


Paper & Leaf, the first recreational retail cannabis shop on Bainbridge Island, may be new on the local cannabis landscape, but their unique welcoming atmosphere, shuttle service from the ferry, and an open art gallery-esque design helps make our job telling their story as smooth as a bong hit with ice cold water! Oh and did I mention Paper & Leaf’s co-owner is Brendan Hill – the drummer and founding member of Grammy winning Blues Traveler?

Here are two great tech / Cannabis companies we met that are doing cool things for the industry:

Leafly: The IMDB of the cannabis community, Leafly is a highly successful rating platform for marijuana strains, garnering over 6 million monthly visitors and 31 million page views on their website and mobile applications. They strive to provide accurate and holistic descriptions of each strain to find the right products for the seasoned and rookie consumer alike.

iUNU: iUNU is revolutionizing the horticulture industry through their advanced lighting systems that maximize growth while minimizing the amount of energy used to power the lights, water necessary for the plants to grow, and even the amount of nutrient waste produced. Their clients range from technology companies to large-scale greenhouse that grow all sorts of plants – including marijuana!

With our presence in Seattle and Denver, our deep knowledge in tech PR, and our interest in the product, BPR is uniquely positioned to be the AOR for POT!


Laura, Grady & Constance

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