My name is Snoop Dogg and Im a stoner.
Looking super high onstage at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, the rapper introducednew weed website Merry Jane,the latest in a series of tech investments hehas made over the past few years.
Merry Jane is amedia, education and entertainmentwebsite forweed aficionados. When it launches to the public, people will be able to surf strains of weed to see how different types affect the body. They will be able to readlifestyle articles and videos about cannabis including a cooking with weed show and search for local dispensaries.
Merry Janetops offa list of tech investments by Snoop, which includes dabbling inReddit and Philz Coffee, starting his own seed venture firm to fund cannabis startups andlaunching his latest album Bush ontech discovery site Product Hunt.
Wed be a better world if everyone comes out of the closet and admits they like to smoke, Snoop said.
But when the crowd was asked to raise their hand if they like weed, only a few crept up. Despite legalization in places like Colorado and California, smoking marijuana still carries a stigma. Thats part of what Snoop and his co-founder Ted Chung hope to change withthe service.
We are the information hotline to cannabis, said Snoop. I am the grand professor, face of the game, the one, the originator.
Chung translated: If [your mom]wants to find out more about it, Merry Jane is the perfect placeWhether youre a smoker or not a smoker we provide you a comfortable experience.
The entire design team is made up of women and the site was createdwithboth genders in mind, they said.
Snoop airedDeflowered, a clip from an upcoming video series where people share stories about their first-time weed experiences. The clipstarred military veterans smokingweed to deal withanxiety and PTSD. Coming home and operating at zero, that white noise is deafening, one of the vets said on-screen.Medical marijuana is the only medication Ive experienced that has beneficial results.
Merry Jane joins a list of other marijuana tech startups includingEaze and Meadow whichofferon-demand weed.
Snoop wants Merry Jane to play an advocacy role, helping propel the political debate around marijuana legalization while also teaching people how to incorporate it into their lifestyles.
Why do you like cannabis so much? asked the interviewer.
I should take you to my green room, Snoopsaid, sparking laughter in the audience before he gotserious.Look at Colorado. Since legalizing cannabis theyre making so much money, putting it back into the community, the crime rate going down. If it does that around the whole world, what kind of world would we live in?
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