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Need some weed? There's an app for that

Posted by Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor  July 22, 2009 09:56 AM

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So you're on the road and you need to score some -- of the medical variety, of course. You can now just pull out your iPhone, head to the iTunes Store, download a $2.99 app called Cannabis, and you're on your way.

If you are not in the dozen or so states where medical marijuana is legal this app will likely prove less than useful. But if you are, this is the way the app works, according to Chris Brandrick of PC World:

'Cannabis' currently works via location-based services, pulling in a users current location and using that knowledge to display relevant information, such as where the closest legal source of Cannabis can be found. For example it will show users of the application legal dispensaries in over a dozen US States, and for those states lacking medical marijuana laws, the app will point you in the direction of a nearby Cannabis organization. For International users a display of local legal Cannabis coffee shops will be offered. In addition to sharing where users can find Cannabis, users can also locate local doctors, clinics, attorneys and more.

The program was launched by Activists Justifying the Natural Agriculture of Ganja (AJNAG -- or ganja spelled backwards), a Web-based marijuana advocacy group represents the latest in a string of iPhone apps sure to raise eyebrows.

Apple, which encourages outside developers to submit their projects for sale, has triggered controversy with a variety of apps, including its ''Baby Shaker'' game in which players violently shake the image of a baby, and "Hottest Girls," which featured partially clad and completely nude models. Apple has reportedly pulled both apps.

Developers have been racing to create apps, lured by get-rich-quick tales of inventors who came up with popular iPhone games and utilities, according to The New York Times.



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5 comments so far...
  1. How sad.

    Posted by Scott July 22, 09 12:05 PM
  1. Come on Mass...we're falling behind the curve here (hehe)...let's get this stuff legalized!!!

    Posted by Natty Dreds July 22, 09 12:58 PM
  1. Legalize, Tax, Regulate, Educate .Treat like alcohol. Wake up naysayers.It ain't going away.

    Posted by Legalize It July 22, 09 01:44 PM
  1. Yes legalize. It's the only option that makes sense.

    Posted by byron July 22, 09 04:25 PM
  1. Everything #3 said....
    Legalize it, Tax the crap out of it, and create millions, if not billions of dollars for the state, and hundreds of jobs. What seems to be the problem.

    Posted by redreggie July 22, 09 04:39 PM
 
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