M. Live reports
Weedmaps this week announced it’s no longer allowing businesses that can’t provide a verifiable Michigan marijuana business license number advertise on their website.
The company created an option that allows users to “flag” questionable, potentially unlicensed businesses and began removing unverified advertisers Dec. 31, Weedmaps spokesman Carl Fillichio said.
“We have just recently gotten kicked off Weedmaps,” said the unlicensed Detroit marijuana delivery service owner, who declined to give his name because of the effect it could have on his future license application.
“We’re going to build our own website,” he said. “We have a good customer base that call every day, once a week, twice a week.
“The difference is, now we’re not getting any new people.”
While this website and others like it have been a boon for marijuana business in general, many in Michigan’s newly licensed industry have taken issue with blatant advertising by unlicensed companies.
“A lot of (licensed) companies were like, how are we going through this licensing process but Weedmaps is still allowing anyone to advertise freely,” said Antonio Mansor, the Director of Retail Compliance for Pharmaco, a Southfield-based marijuana company with licensed stores across the state. “You can get a guy who delivers, who is a caregiver” and brings it right to your door.