A Maryland Returning Citizen Created a Cannabis Tech Startup

Growing up in a religious family, founder Colin Fraser wasn’t introduced to cannabis as a medical tool.

“I grew up in a Christian household where cannabis was considered the devil’s lettuce,” Fraser told Technical.ly. “Back then, you did it as a recreational party drug and I really didn’t know much about the healing purposes of that actual plant.”

It wasn’t until later in life, after Fraser spent some time incarcerated, that he was inspired to do something to help people in prison and returning citizens. And through his mother dealing with Stage 4 cancer, he learned how hard it can be for those who need cannabis treatments the most to access them. In 2021, his motivation turned into Upling, a Rockville, Maryland-based cannabis delivery app that just won the latest DC Startup Week pitch competition.