Mobile app provides ETA for traveling to and from network of San Francisco dispensaries to help marijuana patients arrive on time
San Francisco, Calif. – April 1, 2013 –Twist, the free app on Android and iOS that lets people know when you’re on your way, today announced that every San Francisco marijuana dispensary will be a point of interest within the app by April 20, 2013, popularly known as the 420 holiday. Twist users will be able to navigate to each of the 38 San Francisco dispensaries, let contacts know when they’ll arrive – by providing an estimated time of arrive (ETA) – and preview each dispensary on Yelp!
“Medicinal marijuana prescriptions and appointments are just as important as primary health care,” said Twist CEO Bill Lee. “Adoption rates among the 420-friendly culture has always been, well, high! But the effort necessary to find an address and plug it into Twist can cause undue anxiety and stress. With this feature, we’re simply streamlining the process; users can now find the right dispensary, get directions, and coordinate hangouts, all within the app.”
Twist is the mobile app that texts your arrival time to your 420-friendly friends, and updates your ETA if you get distracted en route. Twist’s proprietary Twist Time Platform for ETAs accounts for traffic, multiple modes of transportation, and even a mellow driving style to create highly accurate arrival estimates. These ETAs can be sent within the app or via SMS to any person in your contact list. In addition, Twist users can read Yelp! reviews prior to arriving and post their destination to Facebook and Twitter.
Traditionally aimed at highly productive personalities – those affected most by tardiness – Twist now seeks to engage a less ambitious demographic.
Says Bill Lee: “Twist is the perfect app for letting others know when you are on your way. It would be foolish of us not to target the demographic that is ‘chronic’-ly late.”
San Francisco is one of the most progressive pot cities in the U.S. From the Summer of Love in Haight Ashbury – which Hunter S. Thompson termed “Hashbury” – to the Moscone act of 1976 – which made marijuana possession a misdemeanor and not a felony – San Francisco has established itself as one of the most 420 friendly cities in the world. The Daily Beast lists San Francisco among its Top Pot Smoking Cities and CoEd magazine ranks it as the best city to celebrate 4/20.
Today, April 20th, otherwise known as 420, is a world-wide weed word, but the history of the term is more humble. Despite rumors to the contrary, 420 is neither a police code, the number of chemicals in the plant, nor the traditional tea-time in Holland. Instead, the term was coined by four high school friends in San Rafael California who, after hearing about an abandoned marijuana farm, met each day at 4:20p.m. to smoke up and search for the forgotten stash. Before long, the boys were using the code 420 to describe all marijuana activities. When the Grateful Dead adopted the term, 420 went national, and when High Times Magazine adopted it, 420 went global.
Today, 420 has become a part of the national consciousness. 4:20 has a Wikipedia page, Craigslist renters search for “420-friendly roommates,” and April 20th ‘smoke-outs’ across the country draw cannabis connoisseurs by the thousands.
For more information visit www.twist.com, or to download the app go to Google Play or the App Store.
Twist is the easiest and most accurate way to let people know when you will arrive. Twist’s innovative scheduling system accounts for traffic, different modes of transportation and your own habits when estimating your arrival time. If you are delayed, Twist will automatically send an update to your predetermined contacts to let them know your current location and ETA.
Whether it’s meeting up with friends, coordinating pick-up times, or rushing to an urgent business appointment, Twist makes life easier by notifying those you select of your exact arrival time and eliminating the stress and headaches caused by uncertain wait times and travel delays. Twist, it’s about time!