Definition - What does Weed Maps mean?
Weedmaps is an online platform (both a website and mobile application) for individuals involved in both the medical marijuana community and the legal recreational marijuana community.
On Weedmaps there is a combination of free and fee-based information that can be obtained regarding the location and contact information of dispensaries, medical professionals, storefronts, and delivery services.
Site users are able to give reviews, and businesses are able to promote themselves. Weedmaps is akin to Yelp or TripAdvisor, but for the cannabis community.
Hydrolife explains Weed Maps
Visitors to the Weedmaps website are prompted to enter their location and a map is provided detailing where cannabis-related businesses and services may be found in the user’s area or where the closest ones may be. Weed Maps is a trademark of the Ghost Management Group, LLC.
Weedmaps is a financially successful venture with little competition and many users report it to be a very useful website. There have, however, been several charges leveled against the founders regarding the accuracy of many of the posted reviews. A 2016 Los Angeles Times article reported that many of the site’s posts were from the same IP address and that up to 62 per cent of the reviews on Weedmaps was “suspect”.
Other criticisms of the site include that the overwhelming majority of listings on the site are not legal or licensed to dispense marijuana.
Weedmaps is, however, a huge contributor to the general education regarding marijuana and its medical benefits. They routinely advocate for its legalization and partner with NORML on a variety of cannabis-related issues.