Weedmaps Guest Blog: What's the Future of Weed? Cannabis Industry Leaders Share at SXSW Panel

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Because the cannabis industry and landscape changes at a rapid pace, many have predictions about the next big thing in weed. That doesn't mean we'll have the flying car of dispensaries anytime soon, but weed-trimming robots are right around the corner.

At South by Southwest (SXSW) 2019's inaugural cannabis business tract, the evolution of cannabis retailers and dispensaries was one of the hottest topics of discussion. The trajectory was the focus of “Dispensaries of the Future,” a 60-minute panel featuring four experts: Chelsea Bernardo and Ashley Picillo of Point Seven Group, a global cannabis retail consultant agency that has served more than 100 clients; Anne Forkutza, vice president of strategic programs at Cova, a cannabis software company; and Megan Stone of High Road Studio, which has been consulting on branding and interior design for dispensaries for five years.

Given that SXSW is a general music/film/tech conference located in AustinTexas, a state where legalization still has plenty of hurdles, the intended audience was broad and themes were aimed largely at entrepreneurs and customers entering the cannabis marketplace for the first time.

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