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Dating fellow marijuana users is about to get easier.
On Tinder, it’s pretty much the norm to include a small menu of drinks one likes to consume. Assuming one consumes drinks, which most people on Tinder apparently do. Occasionally, someone might mention 420, but that’s not the norm, and you’d do a lot of swiping trying to match up exclusively with those who announce without inquiry that they smoke weed, dab, or whatever else is de rigueur these days.
"I never knew when or how to tell a guy I used," says marijuana-smoking matchmaker and relationship coach Sandra Harmon. "It was never a deal breaker, but I could tell men who liked me weren’t happy when they found out I smoked."
Harmon is getting ready to launch a new marijuana dating service, M-Date, by the end of the summer to help others struggling to connect with other marijuana-friendly singles. Of course, if you only want to date people who partake in marijuana, you can already arrange that from the comfort of your couch. In April 2014, My420Mate.com became the industry pioneer; their website isn’t too attractive but founder Miguel Lozano says they’re 83,000 users strong and growing. There’s also the Tinder-like HighThere smart phone app that launched earlier this year. HighThere features a glossy interface and thoughtfully forces users to select their typical energy level when stoned. Users also declare what way they consume their marijuana, so dates aren’t broken up by logistical road-blocks like “Wait, your diet doesn’t allow brownies?”
As weed-based dating becomes more common, here's what you need to know:
Does the world need this? The market for these services is potentially huge: according to the World Health Organization, 147 million people use marijuana globally; nationally, marijuana use went from 14.4 million people in 2007 to 18.9 million in 2011, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and in post-legalization Washington, sales at recreational marijuana retailers are climbing every month.
Is it possible to meet weed-loving singles in the real world? Yes, it is. In the olden days (last year, even) people met through friends or by hanging out on their weed dealer’s couch. Harmon suggests Washington women looking to meet weed-consuming guys the analog way head down to their local recreational marijuana shop and “pick a man, turn toward him, look at him for three seconds, smile and look away. It’s dynamite.”
What is fun to do on a marijuana-assisted first date? “It’s just a normal first date,” says Harmon. “If you were in some place and both used, or if you both used at home before the date, it makes things a little more comfortable. You’re ready to smile, ready to enjoy art and music and each other.”
“I would say a first good date would be meet up, consume cannabis, go eat, take a walk and learn one another,” says My420Mate's Lozano.
What if you want to date stoners but aren’t one? You couldn’t be more welcome in the M-Date community, Harmon says. The only requirement is acceptance of those who use marijuana. Over at Lozano’s site: “Only serious, non-negotiable MARIJUANA lovers need apply."
Should indica users date sativa users? "The strains of the grass have nothing to do with compatibility," says Harmon.
What should you put on your weed dating profile? Probably don’t include pictures of yourself hunting, fishing or clutching a firearm. Peace and love trump killing animals in most marijuana communities. On My420Mate the “top rated” profile owners (who pay for that designation) prefer to accessorize with drug paraphernalia and clouds of smoke, mostly. Harmon says that won’t be the case on M-Date and that users should share their interests and personal story. At the end of the day, she says, mutual love of marijuana isn't enough to keep a couple together — having other things in common is essential.
Does marijuana dating cost money? M-Date will be free at first; My420Mate is free to try. On HighThere, users can swipe away all day for free.
HERE'S THE NEWS ELSEWHERE:
Looking for a job in the Washington cannabis industry? There will be a weed job fair this Saturday in Spokane.
Sky High Holistic was raided by police in May. The incident was captured on camera, showing officers pointing guns at patients and employees. Later, the video shows them eating marijuana-infused food and making jokes about kicking an amputee.