The California Bureau of Cannabis Control (CBCC) is cracking down on the advertising methods of unlicensed illegal cannabis business in the state. As of Feb. 16, this decision was seen in the form of a cease-and-desist letter that was sent to Weedmaps.com, which is described on its website as “ . . . a community for cannabis consumers to connect with others, locate, review and find menus and information about cannabis businesses, including doctors and dispensaries.”
According to Marijuana Business Daily, the CBCC ordered Weedmaps’ owner, Ghost Management Group, to immediately stop advertisements for unlicensed dispensaries, or else face the threat of “criminal and administrative penalties.” The letter also claimed that Weedmaps was breaking state law by partnering with unlicensed dispensaries that are “offering cannabis and cannabis products for sale.”
The grey cannabis market has long since been an issue in California. Now, it’s a battle between licensed dispensaries who are properly paying their required taxes to the state, against unlicensed dispensaries who do not pay taxes and are able to cut their prices as a result.
The CBCC wasn’t the only organization to send a letter—the city of Sacramento also sent a cease-and-desist letter to ...(read more here)