Online & Mobile-based Weed Maps Brings Cannabis to Connoisseurs, Tourists and the Curious
Successfully passed ballot initiatives for legal marijuana in four U.S. states so far—Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska (plus Washington D.C.)—has spurred a boost in the revolution of weed technology and software, even by former legal and medical marijuana industry outsiders.
Where it may once have been difficult to locate some of the more discretely tucked away marijuana dispensaries, or choose a nearby medical marijuana dispensary based on the best bud in town or menus offered, now modern weed issues are becoming a thing of the past.
Just take a look at Weedmaps.com
The online and mobile weed map company was launched back in 2008 by Justin Hartfield and Keith Hoerling. The company’s reviews of medical marijuana dispensaries and the much searched ‘dispensaries near me’ have been frequently compared to YELP, which offers its own reviews of marijuana dispensaries and their products, menu, and services available.
Though according to weedmaps.com, weed maps is a community that allows for patient-to-patient connectivity based on geography and a passion for all things pot related—but especially where to find the best in quality cannabis.
Weed maps allies itself with legal marijuana advocacy and education groups, such as the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). The weedmaps.com affiliate website Marijuana.com is meant to educate and familiarize people with marijuana, provide additional useful content outside of location-based services.
In an interview for Mashable.com, CEO Justin Hartfield speaks to his inspiration and motivation behind the concept of a ‘weed map’ and what led to the founding of weedmaps.com.
“Number one is quality. The quality [of retailers] tends to be a lot better, and selection is essentially better… At the end of the day it’s all about the product.”
As for discussing those products, medical marijuana patients (or those who live in states with legal marijuana) can chat about and review nearby cannabis co-ops. They can also share their favorite dispensary, medical doctors, and use of medical marijuana delivery services.
Weedmaps.com and the weed maps app support a free business model for users, allowing dispensaries and doctors to register and patients to register without charge or fees. Revenue for the company comes largely from paying advertisers.
The weedmaps app features dispensaries by city, state, zip code, and specific menu items. Downloadable (for free) for iPhone and Android, the app’s display of marijuana dispensaries can be searched and quality-researched according to menu, specific items, and candid patient reviews. Individual dispensaries are marked on the map by marijuana leaf plots.
Some locations are certainly more established on the weed map than others, appearing populated with plenty of green leaves.
For example, weedmaps Colorado—specifically weedmaps Denver—can start to look somewhat crowded on the screen, a bit like a digital forest of cannabis. Areas of California, like weedmaps Los Angeles and weedmaps San Diego, where medical marijuana and dispensaries are well-established, can also come up as overly “verdant” in their profusion of legal bud.