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WeedMaps: Marijuana Law Reform Is Good Karma For Cannabusiness

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former 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. Go WeedMaps.com! This is the type of innovation that is desperately needed in a nation that is growing stronger and stronger in support of out-right re-legalization of Cannabis day after day.

      Keep up the good work, and thank you for the generous donations!

    2. Kushtopher says:

      So not only do Weedmaps co-operate and help to legalize cannabis (which obviously helps their profits) but they offer to help out a fellow pro cannabis organisation – NORML – with not only donations but help with menial but necessary and important tasks seemingly, cause its a nice thing to do?
      Imagine if the two parties that call themselves our government could work harmoniously like this for the benefit of everyone?

    3. Mike says:

      The fact is or government supported these ridiculous laws against a completely harmless herb used in a rational manner causes little or no social or economic problems just so this country Draconian prison system could generate huge profits and screw everybody just for the money thats our government a bunch of F!@#$ AHOLES THIS GOVERNMENT IS NOT FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE IT FOR CON MAN AND CROOKS ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN THERE OWN PROFIT TAKING GREED OUR GOVERNMENT PASSES LAW AFTER LAW THAT ARE ONLY MEANT TO ROB THE TAX PAYER OR MAKE SOME CROOKED POLITICIANS FRIENDS F!@#$ RICH AND ITS NO DIFFERENT WITH THIS BULL@#$ OR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN DOING THE PAST 50 YEARS MARIJUANA IS HARMLESS AND OUR GOVERNMENT IS NOTHING MORE THEN CROOKS LOOKING TO PROFIT AND DESTROY PEOPLES LIVES IN THE PROCESS WE NEED A NEW GOVERNMENT NOW THATS FOR THE PEOPLE AND BY THE PEOPLE NOT FOR A FEW AND SCREW THE PEOPLE

    4. Jeff says:

      Oh boy..ask yourself why is MJ illegal..answer money..ie: jails lawyers, cops,rehabs..etc. now you think this medical MJ is a good idea..then ask yourself..Why do I have to be sick or injured to partake in a harmless product of nature..answer I dont haved to be sick and I dont need doctors, and commercial growers making money so i can enjoy a personal choice..please quit pushing the medical aspect of this and work on the personal choice..why would you back doctors and dispenseries?..85% of all bankrupcys are due to medical bills..think about it..big pharm, doctors, cops, lawyers..the establishment..status quo sucks, and from what i see medical MJ is right up the same alley..toss a seed in your backyard, and guess what..it grows..think about that..wise up

    5. The bigger our side gets the sooner the dea is going to put it out with their “magic pill” or try to, we are in for an interesing ride my friends. The one thing that will give us the edge is that we got the truth on our side. So stay tuned.

    6. juliana says:

      Awesomee. Please legalize marijuana in virginia, north carolina, florida, etc. Thanks for working with us weedmaps.

    7. I agree that marijuana law reform is a positive for MMJ businesses. The legitimization of the medical marijuana industry requires more precise regulations.

    8. Jake MU NORML says:

      I can’t wait to see what the new homepage looks like. Norml is my number one website. Does weed maps have any stock in the market? Im searching for marijuana friendly companies to invest in. Im new to this. Any suggestions?

      [Editor’s note: Specific to your inquiry, WeedMaps is in fact part of a public traded company called General Cannabis (OTC: CANA).]

    9. Nic says:

      In my place I weep, my tears remind me of my future, so many wonder about final dispensation in the meantime those fucking dea agents from hell deny in The Final Moments pain medicine.

      Is it time?

    10. Stompedonmyrights says:

      Kansas Sure could use your support at this moment. An article on Kansas HB 2330 and how the chair is stalling and legislators are still holding to the myths and fears of yesterday. I have done my best but I sure could use the rest of this NORML world of readings to step in now and help put pressure on this issue.
      Topeka father; Take the cannabis fight seriously! Call Rep. Brenda Landwehr at 785-296-7683 and tell her to give hb 2330 a hearing now.

      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kannabis-Project/177880335581350

      http://blog.norml.org/2011/02/20/weedmaps-marijuana-law-reform-is-good-karma-for-cannabusiness/#comments

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