At first glance, it would seem that Smokey and Kyle, two new members of 420singles.com -- a dating site for people who smoke marijuana created by a Mill Valley resident -- could be soul mates.
One of the questions in 420singles.com's membership profile is: "How much do you blaze?" Smokey, 20, a woman, writes, "Few times a day." Kyle, 20, a man, writes, "All day."
Under the heading, "About me," Smokey writes, "I love blazing anywhere anytime as long as it's the right place with the right people." Under the same heading, Kyle writes, "I'm one of the chillest dudes ever. I like to kick it and smoke and play guitar or watch TV or skateboard."
There could be storm clouds on the horizon, however. Members are also asked in the profile questionnaire to state which of the two main types of cannabis they prefer: indica or sativa.
Kyle says he is a sativa man; but Smokey writes, "Indica all the way!" At any rate, it will have to be a long-distance relationship since Smokey lives in Los Angeles and Kyle in San Antonio.
Local members of 420singles.net will get the chance to meet in person on Friday when the dating site hosts a music event at the Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club.
Ryan Moxon, 28, said he created the dating site while working nights as a security guard for film crews doing location shots in Los Angeles.
"Sometimes I would be all by myself for 12 to 15 hours at a time," Moxon said. "Eventually I just brought my laptop and a little WiFi hotspot and I got to work."
Moxon said, "I smoked marijuana, and I was single, and I was like, I really want to find a girl who also smokes marijuana, and one thing led to another."
Brett Boyd, a Mill Valley musician whose band, The Marinfidels, will perform at the August event, said, "Ryan is really providing a valuable service to people trying to find the ideal partner. Smoking pot could be a real deal breaker in some relationships. It's good to get it out in the open so it doesn't become an issue later."
Lawrence Ward, 59, a Vietnam veteran who smokes marijuana for its medicinal properties, said the site has worked for him.
"I've met a lady on the site who lives not too far from my area, and we're going to be meeting for a second date this coming Saturday," said Ward, who lives in Grand Rapids, Mich.
"It's not hard finding a partner who smokes," Ward said. "But what I was looking for was somebody with a similar situation as I had going on with the medical marijuana and being licensed."
Smoking pot, however, hasn't always been a bed of roses for Moxon. His parents sent him to rehab after discovering that he was smoking pot when he was 17.
"Back then, I loved to skateboard. I was in a punk rock band. I was having a blast," Moxon said. "I was seeing this therapist and he said, 'You can tell me anything and I won't tell your parents; this is all confidential.' So I broke down and said, 'Yeah, I smoke marijuana.' Then he said, 'Oh, that's illegal. I have to tell your parents right now,' and he called my mom."
Despite being a veteran of more than one rehab -- one involved spending two and half months in the Utah desert -- Moxon said he still smokes medical marijuana every day, although less than during high school.
It is free to join 420singles.net and post a profile. There is also no charge to engage in online chats with other members and to leave comments on their profiles. For a $5 monthly fee, premium members can also see who has viewed their profile, search profiles by zip code and compose messages to other members.
"Most of the time, people will connect by leaving comments on another person's profile page, instead of having to pay for the messaging," Moxon said. "But it is free to reply to messages."
The site currently has 22,000 members. Because these members are located throughout the country, Moxon said it is sometimes difficult for members to find matches in their vicinity.
Moxon said he has recently connected with some potential investors and hopes to use the money to boost membership in Colorado, where pot smoking has been recently legalized.
"I shouted out on Twitter. I said I was seeking a $10,000 investment to kick me off and they responded," Moxon said. "We're going to do a large-scale, targeted ad campaign in Colorado."
Moxon, who is single, said he used 420singles.com himself to connect with a woman.
"But then she met someone else on my site that went to her college," Moxon said, "and they started dating." ------ (c)2014 The Marin Independent Journal (Novato, Calif.) Visit The Marin Independent Journal (Novato, Calif.) at www.marinij.com