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“Dash essentially will be the PayPal of legal cannabis industry” – Dash PR at UK Parliament

Ranjitha Shastry



"Dash essentially will be the PayPal of legal cannabis industry" - Dash PR at UK Parliament
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On 22nd July, Mark Mason, Dash International Outreach Coordinator [Dash- funded organization], gave a speech at the Houses of Parliament in the United Kingdom. The speech focused on what blockchain is, how blockchain is related to Dash and the features of Dash blockchain.

Mason explained:

“Dash is an open-source, peer-to-peer, digital currency with a strong focus on the payments industry, utilising blockchain technology.”

Dash was launched in the year 2014 and has experienced tremendous growth over the years. The main feature of Dash as explained by Mason is that it allows an individual to send an amount to anyone in the world instantly for “less than a penny” without the involvement of middlemen.

He further stated:

“Dash offers a form of money that is portable, inexpensive, divisible and fast. It can be spent easily and instantly at merchants across the globe at much lower fees than credit and debit cards.”

As mentioned on the Dash website, it was originally formulated by Evan Duffield, who used Bitcoin’s source code to create his own coin. The coin was originally called ‘Xcoin’, later ‘Darkcoin’ in reference to its privacy features, and then finally settled on ‘Dash’ [short for "Digital Cash”]. It is the “only major self-funded, self-governed organization in the cryptocurrency industry”. This attribute allows for constant development and funding for the entire project. Mason said:

“This self-funded and self-governed protocol enables the network to pay individuals and businesses for work that adds value to the network.”

Dash has by far funded a few visible marketing projects which include ‘Dash: Detailed’ which has contributed for increased awareness of Dash. On the matter of where and how can one spend Dash, Mason shed light on the ATMs, apps and websites that offer for payment with Dash. Mark Mason further explained:

“PayCent, offers a debit card that allows you to spend Dash anywhere, [w[where]isa or Mastercard is accepted. Dash is available at 410- Dash ATM machines around the world listed on You can buy Dash at 400 post offices in Austria with cash. You can buy Dash at 9000 Kiosks in Ukraine. Dash is available at 10,000 Spanish retailers.”

Dash also has an “exclusive agreement” to be added as a payment option to “4000 legal cannabis dispensaries, suppliers and distributors in the United States”.

Mason remarked:

“Dash essentially will be the PayPal of legal cannabis industry.”

Mark also mentioned in his speech about a lot of merchants and partnerships that offer Dash-blockchain, some of the prominent ones are:

  • Bitrefill
  • Remax: Rent and purchase real-estate.
  • Uphold and Bitwage [p[partnership]Earn salary.
  • BlockCypher and US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Laboratory [p[partnership]Peer-to-peer electricity exchanges.

Mason emphasized the most crucial question of the entire speech on how can one really unbank oneself with Dash. He demonstrated an example to explain the same:

“I recently traveled to New Hampshire in America and I met a number of individuals that are unbanked and live of Dash 100%. However, I really want to highlight where Dash is helping those who need digital currency the most. Recently we have seen a big increase in adoption in Venice where central planning and central banking has failed and the country has suffered a severe currency crisis.”

“Inflation in Venezuela is now above 40,000%. In the last month, over 500 merchants in Venezuela are now accepting Dash and this number is increasing daily.”

Mason’s statistics also explained how people are starting to select Dash for cross-border payments.

Dash currently has a market cap of 2 billion and a price of $243.90. It has seen a rise of 4.30% in the past week.

Dash price history [7[7 days] Source: CoinMarketCap

Dash price history [7[7 days] Source: CoinMarketCap

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Ranjitha Shastry is a part of AMBCrypto's News Reporting Team. Having done her major in Journalism and mass communication, she is passionate about business and economic journalism.


Bitcoin’s [BTC] biggest threat is its users, not governments, says’s Cobra

Febin Jose



Bitcoin’s [BTC] biggest threat is its users, not governments, says’s Cobra
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Bitcoin [BTC], the world’s largest cryptocurrency, saw a significant surge earlier this month, helping the coin break strong resistance at $5,000 and $5,200. Following the great fall of the king coin in early 2018, the Bitcoin ecosystem was struggling with scalability and technological issues, eventually leading to the hard fork.’s Cobra, who is also the co-owner of, has always maintained that Bitcoin was the cryptocurrency to look out for through his various Twitter bouts with prominent personalities in the cryptoverse. Due to his strong, unbridled support for Bitcoin, he has often trashed altcoins for their low market dominance.

In a new Twitter thread, Cobra spoke about the “biggest threat” to the Bitcoin ecosystem. Even though many crypto-enthusiasts believe that governments and technological issues were the biggest threats to the king coin, Cobra had a completely different opinion.

According to the Bitcoin maximalist, users have the potential to signal Bitcoin’s doom. His tweet read,

Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

Though most Bitcoin supporters usually support his opinions, this tweet was met with a lot of resistance. Twitterati swarmed the thread in an attempt to prove him wrong. A user named @MrHodl alleged that this could not be true as Bitcoin had “no community.” He added that this, in turn, prevented toxicity in the ecosystem.

Cobra replied to the tweet stating,

“I think there is a community, it’s just not fully representative of everyone with a stake in Bitcoin. Most holders are quiet and not too familiar with what’s going on. There’s people with 1000+ BTC and they don’t engage at all with discussion platforms, just lurk.”

Some Twitter users took it as an attack on Bitcoin investors and opposed Cobra’s stance. A user @CarstenBKK commented,

“Maybe I am lost in translation. What do you wanna tell us? That you are part of Bitcoin network of people owning/using it, but you are just disgusted by the idea, that the network is called community in the sense of direct human collaboration and affection to the groups ideals?”

Previously, Cobra had accused Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Square Crypto of pandering to Bitcoin users, while also suggesting that the crypto project was merely a way to bring in more users for Dorsey’s CashApp. His tweet read,

“Gotta respect how hard @sqcrypto is pandering to Bitcoiners. Very clever how @Jack has embedded himself in the community; in return the community promotes @CashApp, which gives that service a small but dedicated and activist group of early users.”

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