SAN FRANCISCO — Dinner and a movie make for a typical date night but dinner followed by a joint could raise some eyebrows or be a turn-off despite increasing acceptance of marijuana use across the United States.So now, tuned-in stoners and users of medical pot are turning on to dating websites that cater exclusively to tokers or, at the very least, the “cannabis friendly” to avoid experiencing what they describe as all-too-frequent shock and rejection on the dating circuit.High There co-founder and chief executive Todd Mitchem said he had the idea for the app after he was criticized by a Tinder date for his marijuana use.“There is a need in the cannabis industry for a number of things,” Mitchem said.If a user prefers vaping over smoking, for example, the app is likely to match him with others nearby who also vape.Another key aspect is specifying your energy level when you're high; that way, low-energy couch potatoes won't be paired with energetic explorers.“It’s suddenly much cooler to come out as a toker,” Moxon said of his site, which he says eliminates awkwardness about smoking.A newer website launched several months ago “aims to connect those with a passion for cannabis,” said Miguel Lozano of Los Angeles, founder of My420with some 6,200 members.
The site explains that the pain of "having the conversation" can be considerable: "For those who are into online dating, it can be awkward to bring up the 'So..you smoke pot? What if you tell your potential partner that you smoke pot and they run for the hills?
That has worked out well for a Vietnam War veteran from Michigan who works in the automotive industry and smokes to deal with the pain caused by chemotherapy treatment for hepatitis C.
Larry, who asked to be identified only by his given name because of the legal issues surrounding marijuana use, says he is “very much enjoying” dating a woman he met on the dating website 420
Is he married with four kids, as opposed to single with none that he knows of? The criteria we choose for selecting our mates are blighted by our desperate reach for perfection.
This is a site where cannabis lovers can find their own cannabis lovers.
As public attitudes toward online dating and legalized cannabis shift, a new opportunity to openly connect members of the marijuana industry has arisen.