Legal marijuana is blowing up everywhere in the U.S., so it’s no surprise that new cannabis-based apps are cropping up left and right. The National Marijuana News Corp (TNM)., a subsidiary of DigiPath, Inc. (OTCBB and OTCQB: DIGP), has just created a pot app that brings marijuana news straight to the smartphones of users and is now available on iTunes and Google Play for just $.99. According to Todd Denkin, one of the TNM news hosts and CEO of DigiPath Inc., “The National Marijuana News app gives you 24/7 access to the nation’s leading source of unbiased marijuana news coverage.” Adding, “This app will let you listen to episodes on your own schedule from wherever you are. Try it out today—it’s the most convenient way to stay on top of all the latest news in the cannabis world.”
The new TNM news app lets users live-stream episodes of “The National Marijuana News” program, read current cannabis-related news in real-time from the TNM News feed, access archives of past TNM News shows and the podcast, browse TheNationalMarijuanaNews.com, view the TNM News YouTube channel, and call in to the show.
Last spring, a new social networking app called High There, described as “Tinder for stoners,” was launched. There’s also the Marijuana Handbook, described by High Times as “…an extensive library of over 175 strains, as well random facts, maps to clinics and dispensaries, a dictionary on dealer etiquette and a modest cookbook with over 30 recipes for those interested in making your own marijuana edibles.” And who can forget Weedmaps, an app that serves as Google Maps for potheads, letting users track down cannabis strains and dispensaries.
Although it’s wonderful society is progressing this far when it comes to marijuana, do we really need so many apps? Every publication seems to be reporting on marijuana and the public is constantly being inundated with more news about it. How much is too much? With publications and blogs like “High Times,” “Culture Magazine,” “The Stoner’s Cookbook,” “420 Magazine,” and “The Cannabist”—which have been operating since before it became trendy and legal—weed enthusiasts have more than enough news sources to choose from. Not to mention all the local and national news publications who are expanding their coverage to cater specifically to cannabis news and reviews. Sometimes there is too much of a good thing.
Likewise, the app market is already saturated with new programs coming out every day, and marijuana-related apps are no exception. With Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon all legalizing recreational weed, 11 more states are predicted to follow in their footsteps, with many more decriminalizing marijuana. What’s more, countries like Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Portugal, Switzerland, Pakistan, Cambodia, and even North Korea all have legal weed. The cannabis industry is currently the fastest growing industry in the United States, and has no signs of slowing down. Legal weed is a potential goldmine, so it’s understandable many entrepreneurs want to take advantage of it, but there’s a difference between innovation and opportunism. With so many apps and sites for marijuana flooding the market, finding a high-quality product will be harder than ever.