California Asks Weedmaps To Cease Promoting Illegal Businesses
Back on February 16th, the state of California released a cease and desist letter to cannabis media company, Weedmaps, inquiring to instantly stop promoting and running advertisements for illegal cannabis companies. Weedmaps, often thought about the marijuana lover variation of Yelp, has actually had a long history of showing ads for marijuana businesses in the state that are doing not have proper licensing and allows thereby breaching local regulations. If the company does not abide by the states order, they will leave themselves open to prosecution in addition to possible civil discipline. Exactly what those charges might include is unknowned at this time. Leafly has already gotten rid of all unlicensed dispensaries and shipment services from its dispensary finder.
Not remarkably, the notice sent out to Weedmaps was simply among near to a thousand cease and desist letters that have actually been sent to poorly or unlicensed cannabis businesses throughout the state since January first 2018 when cannabis legalization became official.
California’s cannabis czar sent out Weedmaps a cease and desist letter, purchasing the Irvine business that maps cannabis dispensaries to instantly stop promoting services that don’t have state licenses.
“You are assisting and abetting in offenses of state marijuana laws,” mentions the letter from Lori Ajax, chief of the Bureau of Marijuana Control.
If the business does not immediately drop advertisements for unlicensed organisations, Ajax stated Weedmaps might face criminal and civil penalties, consisting of civil fines for each prohibited advertisement.
The letter is the just one that’s been sent to a marketing business, inning accordance with bureau representative Alex Traverso. However it is among more than 900 cease and desist letters his firm has sent out to unlicensed marijuana organisations in California given that recreational weed sales were enabled to begin and licensing requirements started Jan. 1. And Traverso said a number of those 900-plus black market stores were found on Weedmaps.
Tustin resident Justin Hartfield founded Weedmaps in 2007 with business CEO Doug Francis. The website and its app aid visitors find dispensaries and browse their menus, with stores ranked similar to organisations on Yelp.