Get Lit: Blend’s Data Reveals How Millennials Talk about Weed

Photo by Javier Hasse.

This article was originally published on Benzinga and adapted exclusively for HIGH TIMES.

Blend is a group-messaging app with a focus on content. By adding bots into its chat interface, the company is looking to tap into the “AI revolution,” joining tech giants of the likes of Apple, Snap Inc. and Facebook.

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Latest Green App to Make a Splash? Herbo

The Herbo app, manufactured by veteran Jeff Taylor’s Hawaiian-based, family firm Eco Science Solutions, helps consumers find products and services that support the intake of alternative medicines for a more naturopathic way of living.

In other words, it finds dispensaries and a plethora of other “cannufacturers” in your area.

Unlike other geo-location weed apps on the market, such as Leafly and Weedmaps, which help you find medical marijuana (MMJ) dispensaries, smoke shops, doctors, clinics and delivery services in your area, Herbo also wants to help you ingest MMJ the best possible ways.

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The Future of Cannatech: 3 Dank Innovations to Bet On

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This piece was co-created by Michelle Janikian and Catherine Goldberg.  

Technology and cannabis go together like cookies and milk. Or, since I’m writing this from LA, like Girl Scout Cookies and Soylent.

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Radical Rant: Cops May Track Your Cell GPS Location Without a Warrant

If you own a cell phone with a GPS, cops may use that data to track your location in real-time anywhere outside your home, and they don’t need a warrant to do so.

That’s the ruling of the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a case affirming the arrest of Montai Riley in Memphis, Tennessee.

In June 2015, a Michigan state court had issued a warrant for Riley’s arrest, believing him to be the suspect in the armed robbery of a Check’N’Go location the day before.

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Marijuana Vending Machines Get Even Smarter

It seems that, depending on where you are, you can find almost anything in vending machines: Scantrons in colleges, cigarettes in bars and, hell, even live crabs.

Sure, weed in vending machines has been a thing for a while, provided that you have a valid medical card. What’s much harder to find are age-restricted items—where’s my beer vending machine?

The idea and implementation has always been limited by technology.

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High Pharmaceutical Prices Mean Sick People Are Trading Drugs on Facebook

There were a few Donald Trump promises even a self-respecting Democratic Socialist of America would have wanted to see fulfilled. Actually, most Americans would have liked to have seen one Trump guarantee come through. If it had, sick people wouldn’t have to resort to buying, selling and even swapping pricey pharmaceutical drugs with other sick people via Facebook.

There was a time that the high cost of prescription drugs was a big Donald Trump talking point.

Pharmaceutical companies are out of control, candidate Trump would say on the campaign trail. Their lobbyists have too much power. Senators and congressmen are in their pocket.

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6 Apps Weed Lovers Will Want

Finally, with more than half the country legally smoking weed in one form or another, high tech apps are making it even easier to find dispensaries, popular strains and even local singles who might want to join you for a smoke.

Here are six weed apps created by innovative stoner minds.

The most popular one out there is Seattle-based Leafly, and for good reason. In addition to having some of the highest ratings in the App Store, it includes an enormous range of information also available on its namesake website. You can explore hundreds of weed strains, find out where they’re available near you, read user-submitted reviews of the different flavors and desired effects, which you can search by name, effect or flavor. There’s an integrated map to help users find a legal doctor, clinic or retail store (in addition to medical dispensaries), plus informational and entertaining videos, as well as a weed news and culture section.

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High Tech: How The Digital Age is Changing Pot Culture

This piece was co-created by Michelle Janikian and Catherine Goldberg.

Cannabis is finally going legit, at least in California that is. Even though Cali has had medical marijuana since 1996 and a lucrative MMJ marketplace for years, much of the industry is still operating in the black market. But now that adult use cannabis has passed and will go into effect in early 2018, other California-dominant industries, like technology, are getting involved to bring cannabis out of the underground and into the (well-regulated) light.

With legal cannabis comes government regulations and a need for transparency, like there is in the alcohol or tobacco industry. California’s flower is currently unregulated, and much of it is grown with pesticides not approved for human consumption. Some have even gone so far as to claim the state has a “dirty weed problem” after the 2016 Emerald Cup.

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How Will Online Weed Shopping Affect Dispensaries?

Buy your weed through the web? The issue was recently analyzed by VolteFace, a British think tank that looks at alternatives to current drug polices.

The report’s author, Mike Power, opens by recalling that the first thing he ever bought or sold online was a bag of weed, back in 1971, long before eBay or Amazon were twinkles in Pierre Omidyar’s or Jeff Bezos’ eyes.

“…back in the days when data was delivered in a shrieking telephonic trickle rather than a broadband light beam, the first thing ever traded online was cannabis,” Power wrote.

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Print Your Own Paraphernalia

3-D printed bongs attract hobbyists and startups.

Sure 3-D printers can replicate human body parts, make cool art and extrude astronaut tools aboard the International Space Station, but what about helping cannabis smokers reach the perfect high?

A search for “bong” on digital design hubs such as Shapeways, Instructables and 3D Warehouse, results in several types of bongs that can be made with a 3-D printer. Commercial bong makers are now utilizing 3-D printing, too.

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