WeedMaps: Marijuana Law Reform Is Good Karma For Cannabusiness

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 thoughts

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!!

  4. 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!):
    —————————————————-
    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
    —————————————————-
    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.
    __________________________________________________________________
    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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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?

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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).]

  11. 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?

  12. 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

  13. It helps patients find the best quality at the lowest price. Competition is a very good thing for consumers. One can only imagine what a legal market might provide to the cannabis consumers. I hope that happens before I die. I dream of the day that I can go to the store and buy any kind of seed or plant I want to grow in my VICTORY GARDEN.

  14. im all for legalization and everything i just have a question.
    I am aware of the misleading statistics concerning driving while high ( in reality thc was just in the system but it can remain in the system for over a month). My question is, Is there any way to test if someone is actually high at that given moment similar to how a breathalyzer works for alcohol
    [Editor’s note: There currently are no breathalyzers for accurate measurement to determine if a driver has enough cannabis in them, recently used, to be considered too impaired to drive. Saliva tests hold some promise…but, currently, only an examination of a driver’s blood can hone in on the applicable biometrics.]

  15. Yeah, a critically sick person is going to drive somewhere, when they cannot get out of their bed, when the final moments are a breath away,

  16. When the good shepherd comes into your mind you remember your place, so many untold places and faces, yet in some GOD forgotten Eternal place you will wonder, Eternally you will live and remember every face you have forgotten.

  17. Yea but Jeff, the majority of the country or even California doesn’t really think rationally and with common sense as evidenced by the results of prop 19, but that’s why we need to keep pushing medical cannabis on every state.
    I do agree with you completely that the safest drug I know should obviously be available for recreational use, but anyone in a medical state like California and Colorado can get a medical card. I know people in Colorado who just said “migraines” which constituted as “chronic pain” and they got their recommendation right away and marijuana card a few weeks later.
    I hope we one day get to the point where it’s legal for everyone, but until then push for medical marijuana, because even if you aren’t majorly sick, it’s ridiculously easy to get a medical marijuana card. Kinda like how it’s ridiculously easy in ANY state to get harmful pills such as adderall and xanax. Simply go to a doctor and tell them you have trouble concentrating and they may give you legal speed. Essentially the system is such a joke in general and people are incapable of free thought in general. Just take advantage of the system, and move to a medical state is my advice.

  18. 28 DRodman
    Big pharma will manufacture,
    Physicians will prescribe,
    Pharmacies will dispense.
    Big agra will grow for big pharma,
    Big law enforcement will continue to arrest,
    Lawyers will defend,
    Justice Dept. will prosecute,
    Prisons will incarcerate,
    and government will charge much, much more for our medicine.
    Everyone makes money, even more than before.
    By the way – Prop. 19 could have been much better written, less flaws. It wasn’t really appropriate. Better next time. Most assuredly – next time. Next time – without government’s intimidation of California voters.

  19. Wolf in Sheeps Clothing???
    I hope Weed Maps is not a wolf in sheeps clothing..I always considered NORML to be an Organization that was not purchasable, but if I was a corporation I would should try to buy the use of NORML’s reputation and influence.
    I hope that NORML will proceed with caution. They start throwing a little money around and already got you guys doing a commercial like blog for them. I havn’t noticed NORML do this for some small little unknown site.
    WeedMaps is a very aggressive corporation with investors. There is a reason that they have leap-frogged to the top. Money.
    I was disappointed in the lack of background information on the company this blog is all about. By reading this you would think that WeedMaps is ran by a couple kids who got lucky with a hot little site….Well not exactly.
    WeedMaps is actually part of a network of sites. Some you probably would recognize but would have never know that they are related. Together this network just so happens to be in a strategic position to commercialize the Medical Marijuana Community.
    You can view other sites they own by going to their Corporate website. http://generalcannabis.com.
    I hope NORML just takes in caution as corporations rarely do good deeds without expecting something in return.
    Kind Regards,
    Jeff Johnson
    [Editor’s note: NORML has worked with corporations for decades: Playboy, Rolling Stone, High Times, Phototron, Harborside Health Center, etc…WeedMaps is no different.]

  20. Yea, but High Times is just a magazine. They are not trying to get their hands into every thing they can.
    WeedMaps corporate website under Industry page even states in it’s own words….
    “Multiple cannabis supporting niche markets have emerged including financial, legal and professional services.
    US Cannabis anticipates capturing significant market
    share in multiple industry sectors.”
    Thanks for commenting..I personally trust NORML’s judgement. I just wanted to make sure that NORML and people were aware that these aren’t just kids..This is one serious and aggressive publicly traded company.
    Kind Regards,
    Jeff Johnson

  21. Those are great ideas; I use two or three already ?C esp. the one about encouragement ?C but I will try a couple of the others.

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