Article by Mike Okada, Cannabis Life Network
GreenMed is the first in the world to allow blockchain-based credit card and debit purchases of cannabis with its new mobile app, in addition to its ERC 20-compliant Ethereum tokens– meaning that GreenMed is bringing credit card and debit purchases to the cannabis industry while also giving customers the option to pay via cyptocurrency.
On GreenMed’s website, they explicitly state their platform is strictly for legal cannabis, but even where recreational cannabis use is legal, the financial side has always been tricky to navigate. Despite recreational cannabis use being legal in at least 8 states in America and being poised for full legalization in Canada (it’s also been decriminalized in Mexico since 2009), cannabis has faced many roadblocks in its fight for legitimacy.
In the US, banks are forbidden to work with the cannabis industry by federal law and in Canada, a third of the major banks have distanced themselves from cannabis-related businesses.
That’s why cannabis is such a draw for cryptocurrencies, and the industry already has a few dedicated to it such as Weedcoin, Cannabiscoin, and Potcoin, although there is a difference between those bitcoin-based cryptocurrencies and GreenMed. Tokens such as Cannabiscoin must be purchased on a cryptocurrency exchange and must be sold manually outside of its app in order to cash in on the value, while GreenMed gives you that option as well in addition to allowing payments by credit card, debit, and EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer).
It’s really about offering convenience and according to GreenMed, “Users will be able to pay for legal marijuana using a credit card, and even pre-purchase for pick-up, all within the app, while having the option to pay with a convenient online digital currency”.
In a way, it’s kind of like the Starbucks app for cannabis, with the option to pay via cryptocurrencies as an added benefit.