OMG, America will soon have a publicly traded marijuana business! Or, a canna biz. No, that’s not made up – Search for cannabusiness on Google and you’ll see it’s totally a legit phrase these days, lots of sites using it. It’s a wordplay on cannabis – Get it? Cannabis, cannabiz, cannabusiness…
My prediction: Seems it’s just a matter of time until the plant is removed from the Controlled Substances Act. That’s the vibe I’m getting, and not just because of MassRoots’s upcoming IPO. Power to the people! And this is me talking, a person who doesn’t smoke! So you might be wondering: “Well, why are you excited then?” Well, part of MassRoots’s story shows that technology and democracy can work beautifully together. And you don’t need to be a smoker to be fascinated by CBD and yes, THC too (Click here to see what I’m talking about – whole plant cannabis therapeutics, baby!). Plus, we need new and lively industries in this country and this one has huge potential. I seriously see it unfolding as win-win – unless idiots or big pharma or whomever manages to fuck it up and halt progress or worse. Let’s hope against that, and hope against infighting too. If you think marijuana has health benefits, unite, because opponents could try to divide and conquer.
Originally posted on thedailybeast.com Click here to read the story at thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/04/06/the-first-weed-tech-ipo.html
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“So in January we united the cannabis industry against [Apple’s no weed apps] policy,” he said. “Over 10,000 of our users sent personal emails to Apple saying why they loved Mass Roots, ranging from ‘I just met my husband on here’ to ‘I suffer from anxiety, I need a social support network’ to ‘I’m a Colorado resident and you are violating my right to free speech.’ A private company doesn’t have a right to tell me what app I can and can’t download on my phone.”