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WeHo Mayor To Meet With Grindr CEO About App’s Meth Problem

by matt baume October 07, 2016



Okay, Grindr, we need to have an intervention. The West Hollywood based app is coming under fire for facilitating drug sales, and now city officials are demanding a meeting with its founder.

Other apps, like Scruff, do what they can to curb drug references, but it’s unclear the extent to which Grindr has done the same. Weho City Council members are growing increasingly troubled by the app’s use by drug dealers. Many of those politicians are personally acquainted with Joel Simkhai, and said they plan to question him about what the company can be doing differently.

Council Member Lindsey Horvath said that her appointee to the Public Safety Commission, Estevan Montemayor, had asked the local Sheriff for a report on the problem. While we certainly don’t condone sex police, the matter deserves an investigation.

Council Member John D’Amico suggested that the city could be doing more to reach out to people prior to drug use, warning them of the consequences. And those consequences can pretty bad for habitual users: brain and heart damage, high blood pressure, tooth decay, depression, stroke, epilepsy.

The story of the ease with which drugs can bought and sold on Grindr was broken by an excellent investigative report by the online magazine WEHOville.com.

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