Social health: Medicinal marijuana hot spots weeded out

On September 10, a NY-based text marketing company EZ Texting took legal action against T-Mobile for blocking text messages about medical marijuana hot spots from their client LegalMarijuanaDispensary.com also known as WeedMaps.

WeedMaps is self-defined as "a community where medical marijuana patients connect with other patients in their geographic region [within the US] to freely discuss and review local cannabis co-operatives, dispensaries, medical doctors and delivery services!"

Sort of a less anonymous SeshRoulette, the online bud buddy locator for those that smoke "only for medicinal purposes," with Yelp-ish forums plus Foursquare- and Google Maps-like functions.

On September 22, the blog Medical Quack noted "T-Mobile stated that EZ Texting was not following procedures on WeedMaps.com as well as other regulations in their agreement."

Nonetheless it appears other carriers are allowing the texts as the free Droid and iPhone application Legal Maps and its online YouTube channel (requiring a subscription) are working.

Medicinal marijuana is often used to help with the effects of chemotherapy and glaucoma, to stimulate hunger for AIDS patients and provide pain relief.

Smoking pot is illegal in many nations around the world for recreation, however some (including regions of Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United States) permit it as a health treatment.

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