Have you ever wanted to post something related to cannabis on your Facebook page or Tweet about your love for the only plant in the whole world that is capable of saving the world. Only to not post it because there are anti-cannabis “friends” on your list that would see that post and give you grief. It is also possible that cannabis is not recognized in your state and you don’t want it to broadcast your love of this wonderful plant because of possible legal issues. Or have you have just wanted to meet some like minded people all in one place? Any of these things are reasons why some of us have gone into a metaphorical hiding. Well there is a place your can be your self (anonymously, if you choose) and be able to discuss Cannabis. It is a new social media site on the net where the medical patient, activists, stoners, tokers, merchants and gardeners of different level of experience come together. It also has strain information powered by leafly. What is it? It’s www.Hemply.me and you can find me there @FibroMan. I had to learn more about this website and I thought it was such a great Idea I contacted Jason King the Co-founder of Hemply.me and he agreed to answer a couple of questions to help me spread the word about this site.
FibroMan: First off what gave you the idea of creating a social media targeted at the Cannabis: users, enthusiasts, scholars, medical users and ect?
Jason King: Joseph Cadle and I founded this company with a goal to connect this industry. After doing extensive research we found there were various apps and websites available for strain information, dispensary locating, and social networking. Though we could find nothing that brought these services together. We feel that this causes a gap in information. And with the federal prohibition coming to its final days, people need the proper information and ability to connect now more than ever!
FibroMan: I just found out about Hemply on Feb 18, 2015 but how long has Hemply been around?
Jason King: Hemply is a new company, we launched our social platform on February 7th, so we are very thankful for our early supporters.
FibroMan: Now that we have looked into Hemply past what about its future: What improvements to Hemply are you working on?
Jason King: In our eyes, Hemply’s future is to be the cornerstone for all information and social networking surrounding the marijuana industry. Eventually our Hemply users will be able to tag all strain information and marijuana businesses in their posts, which will greatly help the spread of information. We are also working towards tailoring people’s experience on Hemply towards what they are most interested in (recreational, medical, news, etc) so that we may more accurately base our trends and suggestions to the individual user. An example is if you’re interested in medical marijuana your suggestions are going to contain activists, news sources and bloggers and not the average user posting pictures of their bong.
FibroMan: Are you going to come up with a Hemply app? If so when is that planned on being released and in what platforms?
Jason King: We’re working the Android app now. We have only a small team of developers, so a specific date is unknown, but we hope to have the app available by summer. As far as an iOS/iPhone app is concerned, we’re currently not planning on developing one due to the strict rules of Apple requiring that users be geolocated when the app is opened, and that only users who geolocate to states in which marijuana is fully legal may use the app… This is the moral standpoint of Apple, but to us it infringes upon a users constitutional rights. If I live in Florida my opinions on the subject of marijuana, and my access to information surrounding the industry should not be dictated by a corporation. We stand strong on our belief that information and access to it shouldn’t be regulated and do not support even the idea that the right to freedom of expression in America doesn’t apply to the mobile medium.
FibroMan: How many users does Hemply have as of today?
Jason King: So far, off of word of mouth alone, we have upwards of 500 users and climbing, and are seeing good growth on a daily basis.
FibroMan: Is there anything else that you would like people to know about Hemply?
Jason King: We want people to understand that, unlike other marijuana social networks, we want to take a more mature approach. We are not looking to just appeal to the everyday casual smoker. Instead we want to reach out to the activist and patients of this movement and give them a place to truly connect as well. We would like our current users and early adapters to know that we plan to consistently bringing them value by staying at the forefront of innovation in this industry. Our goal is to be a household name in every 420 friendly household across America by the end of 2016.
It was a great pleasure to have Jason King answer some questions about his venture into a social media unlike any other currently out there today. I am now going to forward my blog post to Hemply.me as well. If I have helped you find Hemply let me know just type: Thanks @FibroMan in one of your post on Hemply I will make sure to like it. It is my hope that Hemply.me is very successful as it will only help…
“Spread Cannabis Knowledge!”
(Update: Hemply is not longer an active social media platform.)