The eight annual Crunchies award ceremony is about to begin in San Francisco on Feb. 5.

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The time has come. For the eighth consecutive year, tonight writers and editors from VentureBeat and TechCrunch are joining together to give out the Crunchies to the best people and companies in technology of 2014.

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These 7 weed startups are the toke of the town

When Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund dropped a fat bag of cash into cannabis private equity firm Privateer Holdings, the whole marijuana industry exhaled a puff of excitement and hope. Finally, venture capital was beginning to take the pot industry seriously.