|Marijuana Industry Whines: Why Do Almost 85% of California’s Cities and Counties Ban Legal Pot?
Weed Maps is a marijuana business operating in Irvine, California and Denver, Colorado. It enables users to “find medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries, brands, deliveries, deals and doctors near you.” [Note: Its parent company, Ghost Management Group LLC, contributed $1 million to California’s Proposition 64 Campaign, which legalized the drug for recreational use in 2016.]
Weedmaps also lists page after page of marijuana strains and how much THC and CBD each contains (Bubble Gum 8.42 percent THC, 3 tenths of 1 percent CBD; Pot of Gold 27.54 percent THC, 29 tenths of one percent CBD, etc.)
Now Weedmaps is complaining because nearly 85 percent of the state’s cities and counties have declined to issue licenses to marijuana businesses within their borders. California law requires local communities to issue a license before the state can issue one, and both must be issued before a grower, processor, or pot shop can conduct business in the state.
The company is conducting an aggressive campaign to shame local officials who are acting in behalf of their constituents rather than the pot industry. “As an elected official, it is your responsibility to develop regulations that give unlicensed operators the opportunity to legitimize their businesses. I am calling on you to uphold the wishes of California voters, and create a fair and reasonable licensing process,” concludes a sign-on letter that Weedmaps is asking patrons to send.
Read Weedmaps appeal here.