With the advent of legalized marijuana in Colorado and Washington, the lifestyle of the weed enthusiast has slowly risen from the underground, even in states where cannabis remains illegal. The reverberations of the newfound industry have produced novel necessities like pot vending machines, marijuana-infused food trucks and now a website for stoners looking for love in all the wrong places.
Earlier this year, on April 20 to be precise, a new dating site by the name of My420Mate.com hit the web in hopes of making love connections between residents of the stoner class.
"Some people might think it's just a dating site for hippies or stoners," owner Jay Lindberg recently told Riverfront Times. "This website is for people from all walks of life, from the medical-marijuana patients to casual smokers to business professionals who may be in the cannabis lifestyle but they keep it out of their professional life.”
The concept for this 420-friendly dating website, whose motto is “plant your seed and watch your love grow,” was something that Lindberg says he developed by watching two budding industries continue to build momentum across the country: legalized marijuana and online dating. "I saw a lot of opportunity to capitalize on two industries with this one concept," said Lindberg. Since launch, the number of new users has quadrupled, with new tokers looking for love signing up every day.”
Although the new stoner love site is obviously marijuana-themed, Lindberg suggests it has less to do with legalizing the leaf and more about getting lovers of the leaf together. "Obviously, it's a community of people who support [legalizing marijuana], but the goal isn't to change any laws," he said. "The main goal is just to connect people with others to help people find their mate."
Lindberg and his Los Angeles-based partner, Miguel Lozano, intend to tour cannabis events across the country promoting their newfound dating site in hopes of generating additional interest.
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.