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WeedMaps: Marijuana Law Reform Is Good Karma For Cannabusiness

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director February 20, 2011

    One of the fastest growing webpages in popularity regarding ‘marijuana’ is undoubtedly WeedMaps.com. Less than three years old, this marijuana consumer-friendly online service has leapfrogged in webpage traffic over traditionally popular and older cannabis-centric webpages such as CannabisCulture, High Times and, indeed, even NORML.

    Why? The answer is easy.

    Necessity is the mother of invention and in a number of states where there is above ground, genuine cannabis commerce (i.e., OR, CA, MT, CO, NM, MI, RI and ME), WeedMaps’ ring of webpages and mobile applications easily helps medical patients find the best quality/lowest priced cannabis products.

    Part of WeedMaps’ business model is to work with and sponsor the advocacy of cannabis legalization organizations, projects and events. This makes imminent sense from a business perspective because when cannabis is legalized in most states for responsible adult use (like the way alcohol, tobacco and caffeinated products are sold, taxed and reasonably regulated), the relatively small market for medical cannabis consumers currently in these limited number of states is going to rapidly grow, and consumers will be scrambling for the best up-to-date information about price, quality, quantity and location.

    Looking to future, the aligning of strategic goals for legalization between consumers that want to end the government’s long suffering Cannabis Prohibition (NORML) and businesses that want to deliver needed services to cannabis consumers (WeedMaps), should indeed make 2012 the most active year-to-date in the marijuana legalization movement with expected state initiatives in Colorado, Oregon, Washington and again in California.

    In many of these states it will be the potent combination of dozens of cannabusinesses and thousands of cannabis law reformers working in concert that could well end eight decades of a failed prohibition on such a remarkably popular, utilitarian, easy-to-produce agricultural product.

    Conversely, cannabis reform organizations that more readily support cannabis cultivators and sellers in hopes of maintaining today’s untenable ‘medical marijuana-only’ policies—which don’t favor consumer access, keeps the price of cannabis artificially (astronomically!) high and maintains a criminal justice system that arrests over 800,000 cannabis consumers annually—should logically and quickly fall out of public favor.

    To wit, there are a number of businesses that support legalization organizations like NORML and they can be found at the ‘Businesses That Support NORML’ section.

    In this vein, WeedMaps has kindly offered to help NORML upgrade the organization’s massive homepage and to make a donation to NORML for every product sold at WeedMaps as ‘a way to do good, while doing well’.

    Cannabis karma exists.

    32 Responses to “WeedMaps: Marijuana Law Reform Is Good Karma For Cannabusiness”

    1. Brett says:

      Go weedmaps, glad you’re working with us!

    2. fishcreekbob says:

      One can only hope.What are we doing? Waiting on Moses?

      Oh ya it’s Sunday. It shall be food to you. Aren’t hemp laws treason against Life? Taking the food from the mouths of children.

      And to copy and paste Jack Herer “In later times, some shall…speak lies in hypocrisy…commanding to abstain from that which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.” Paul: 1 Tim. 4:1

      Waiting for one here.

    3. DRodman says:

      weedmaps is legit, makes deals and strains in boulder easier to find. Good article!

    4. Nic says:

      If you believe this universe has a purpose.

      In the meantime, my first breath was a gift, as a witness I cry, Cannabis allows me to access The World Vision, so I may see my Place.

    5. Brandon says:

      If you believe in God, he probably made marijuana as an example of our own hypocrisy. You see…marijuana has never harmed a soul. Has it caused people trouble? You better bet! Has marijuana directly made anyone ever die? NO. So WHY in the WORLD would we WASTE our time ATTACKING PEOPLE for simply BEING NICER??? If we ban marijuana then we should ban anything that causes death. Oh wait, that’s impossible! There’s almost no thing we use that is as benign as marijuana. Not even water. Stick that in your beer bong and smoke it DEA!!!

    6. Kraus says:

      Sweet deal. Now how do I pick up a prescription?

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    8. brandon says:

      We certainly have made many strides for marijuana perception in general. I especially realize that when I see 1924s news articles, in Google News Archives (amazing, by the way! Just discovered!):
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      MYSTERY OF THE STRANGE MEXICAN WEED
      “American and Mexican Authorities Seek to Curb Growing Use of Dread Marihuana Drug That Stirs Its Victims to Atrocious Deeds of Violence CURBING the Marihuana weed, the most widely used drug in the Southland, presents a serious problem, now engaging attention in Mexico and along the American border.” – http://bit.ly/fO6AGq
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      But what I also see is the same exact thing we see today: fear-based educational tactics, and an almost exact mind-set approach to this “unknown” plant.

      *It should be of note that this article takes place, obviously, before ‘prohibition’ per-say, but I do feel that it’s appropriate in context.
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      TL;DR (Too long, didn’t read): It’s been 100 years, things have changed, but stayed the same. Time for change. Not just 2012, but 20-beyond!

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