Silicon Valley Is High on Innovation. And Pot

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.

Around 40 percent of Palliative Health’s clients are tech workers, says Ernie Arreola, 38, the assistant manager. “We’re seeing people from some semiconductors, lots of engineers, lots of programmers,” he says. That makes sense, because the shop is an easy shot from some of the area’s biggest employers—Cisco Systems (CSCO), Google (GOOG), Adobe Systems (ADBE), Apple (AAPL), EBay (EBAY)—and a short drive from dozens more. Also, people in Silicon Valley do like their pot.

San Jose is the medical marijuana capital of the Bay Area. The city has 106 pot clinics (four are delivery-only)—more than four times the number in San Francisco, twice as many per square mile as Los Angeles, and, according to San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, “many more than are necessary to meet the medical needs of our population.”

– Read the entire article at Bloomberg Businessweek.



  1. Anonymous Canada on

    “People don’t become dumb and lazy because they start to smoke le dro.

    In my opinion, weed doesn’t make people stupid or smart, it just enhances who we are naturally. If you’re already dim-witted, weed’s gonna make you even slower than usual. If you’re a deep thinker, weed will allow you to expand your mind and give you a wider insight.

    So don’t blame marijuana for people’s stupidity or lack of contribution to society. They were just dumb and selfish to begin with.”

    – Joe Rogan

  2. Anonymous UK on

    I work in IT and I can vouch for the fact that many of my colleagues take drugs of all kinds and generally it is very bad for their ability to work. Alcohol is the most popular and probably has the worst effect. I think the companies should be tougher on testing but often it is the people running these organisations who are just as bad as their employees. If they do need to take something (we are all human) cannabis seems to be the least debilitating choice.