Online Dating Services Cater to Those Seeking Cannabis-Friendly Partners

Article by Matt Lindner, Chicago Tribune

With the legalization of medical or recreational marijuana in many parts of the U.S., use of the drug has become a bigger topic on online dating sites

As marijuana laws change and recreational use becomes more socially acceptable, matchmakers are having more open conversations with clients about the drug. But is marijuana use a turn-on? Probably not.

According to Match.com’s Singles in America survey, which surveyed more than 5,500 U.S. singles in 2015, 70 percent of all singles said it’s a turnoff if a potential romantic partner regularly smokes marijuana. However, 38 percent of men and 24 percent of women said they’re open to dating someone who regularly lights up.

Data from OkCupid paints a slightly different picture. OkCupid spokeswoman Jane Reynolds wrote in an email that 2016 data showed that at least 50 percent of OkCupid users in every state except West Virginia (which clocked in at 47 percent) answered in the affirmative when asked, “Could you date someone who does drugs?”

Stef Safran, a Chicago-based matchmaker, says she has seen attitudes about marijuana change dramatically as states have legalized the drug for recreational or medicinal purposes. In November alone, voters in three states — California, Massachusetts and Nevada — passed measures to allow recreational use; three other states — Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota — voted to legalize the drug for medicinal purposes.

Safran says career often influences if someone tolerates a potential mate’s marijuana use. Those who aren’t in a profession with strong views about drug use — such as law or medicine — may be more open to it.

“Like drinking,” Safran says, “people do seem to state that if someone does use marijuana recreationally, they are OK with it if it is not a daily or every weekend habit.”

A number of cannabis-friendly dating sites and apps have gone online in recent years, including My420Mate and High There!

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