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California: Loud Cannabis Skirmish With Google Featured On Yahoo Finance


The Green Exchange, Inc., developers of "Loud Cannabis," the world's first HIPAA compliant service that connects marijuana growers directly to patients, on Thursday announced that the story of their ongoing battle with tech giant Google, was featured in Yahoo Finance. The article was titled, "For cannabis apps, the road to the app store is paved with rejection."

"Google's Play and Apple's app stores are home to hundreds of cannabis-related apps, but one that aims to cut the middlemen by connecting growers with customers in California — which legalized medical marijuana in 1996 — just got yanked from the virtual shelf," the Yahoo article reported.

The Loud Cannabis App was created to provide a "farm-to-table" direct link between growers and medical marijuana patients, as well as a safer and smarter alternative to other delivery app services that utilize 3rd party drivers whom are often unscreened and do not undergo background checks.

The mission of Loud Cannabis is to serve a co-op of growers, along with medical marijuana patients who want the freshest, organic cannabis available.

The app, which debuted on Google Play last summer, was recently kicked out of the Google store. "We had no indication they were going to pull the rug out from under our feet," Loud Cannabis founder and CEO Josh Artman said.

U.S.: Baby Boomers Love Weed, and Is Taking Note

While U.S. marijuana laws change and society retracts itself from previous prohibitionist attitudes, the Baby Boomer generation is consuming cannabis at a higher rate than ever before. As of 2013, 44 percent of adults between ages 50 and 64 reported using marijuana, up from 9 percent in 1985, according to the Gallup Poll., a new dispensary discovery website, on Wednesday announced it is following these trends, and is specifically catering to the medical marijuana needs of the baby-boomer generation.

Weedy is the first platform released by Green Web Services, Inc., located in Silicon Valley, founded by Ryan Hunt, Charlyn McNamara, Trang Nguyen and Noosphere Ventures. Focused on consumer education, Weedy allows users to search for doctors, strains, and dispensaries for medical marijuana from any geographic location.

Medical marijuana has previously been stigmatized in the United States, especially amongst Baby Boomers. Weedy was deliberately created to fill the void in the lack of education within the medical marijuana space, and to counter that stigma with information—and an abundance of it. The education-based platform connects patients to dispensaries and provides in-depth information regarding which strains and methods aid various health problems.

U.S.: Google Plans To Quietly Help Medical Marijuana Activists


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Starting next month, Google searches for "chemotherapy nausea" will turn up an ad for medical marijuana, courtesy of the charitable arm of Google. Last week the internet search giant donated $120,000 worth of AdSense advertising to a Michigan medical marijuana advocacy group.

As part of its gift, Michigan Compassion will be promoting medical marijuana through the plain-text ads that pop up just to the right side of Google search results, reports Eleazar David Melendez of The Huffington Post.

Michigan Compassion doesn't sell medicinal cannabis, but instead connects patients with growers. The group said the ads will appear alongside searches likely to be made by cancer chemotherapy patients.

"The goal is to link the negative effects of chemotherapy and the positive effects of cannabis," said Amish Parikh, vice president of Michigan Compassion.

Google had previously maintained a strict policy against hosting ads for marijuana-related searches, even medical-marijuana searches. But its new friendliness towards the cause fits in with the culture of Silicon Valley, where tech companies and their employees have been quietly contributing to cannabis activism, according to attorney Lauren Vazquez, who is involved in the legalization movement.

"They're not the ones coming to the city council meetings to protest, but they quietly send in their donations," Vazquez said. "And they're definitely consuming the cannabis."

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