Silicon Valley Is High on Innovation. And Pot

San Jose’s 102 marijuana shops have a loyal tech clientele
Douglas Chloupek, co-founder and chief executive officer of MedMar Healing Center, a medical-marijuana dispensary, looks at the root structure of a young marijuana plant in San Jose Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Being a computer coder takes a physical toll. The long hours sitting at a keyboard can cause back and wrist pain. You can run to a pharmacy and pick up some Advil, or if you’re in Silicon Valley, you can drop by the Palliative Health Center for some Sour Diesel. Palliative Health is a medical marijuana dispensary, one of many in San Jose, Calif. Inside, iPads are mounted on pedestals so patients can scroll through and check prices and availability of Sour Diesel, Chem Dog, and a dozen or so other strains. The shop offers marijuana-infused sodas, muffins, and chocolates, and monthly classes on cooking with cannabis.

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