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Web-Savvy Cannabis Clubs

WeedMaps.com is Like Yelp.com for Pot Dispensaries

— March 22, 2009 — Lifestyle
WeedMaps.com is a Google Maps mashup that allows California medical marijuana patients to review local cannabis dispensaries. It features Web 2.0 social networking features like private messages, automatic location finders, a Twitter profile and more.

WeedMaps.com was recently featured on TechCrunch, who referred to the site as “...a Yelp for cannabis dispensaries in California and other states.”

Implications - Tools that make it easier for people to locate and deal with the essential services that they need are definitely going to be met with great acceptance, and companies like this are a great example of how facilitating that search can pay dividends. Convenience is always appreciated by the modern day consumer.
Trend Themes
1. Medical Marijuana Dispensary Reviews - Developing a platform for patients to review and rate medical marijuana dispensaries can disrupt the cannabis industry by providing valuable information to consumers.
2. Web 2.0 Social Networking for Cannabis - Integrating social networking features into cannabis platforms can create a sense of community and connection among users, opening up opportunities for targeted advertising and community-based initiatives.
3. Location-based Services for Cannabis - Utilizing location finders and map mashups in the cannabis industry can allow consumers to easily find nearby dispensaries, creating convenience and increasing accessibility.
Industry Implications
1. Medical Cannabis - The medical cannabis industry can leverage tools like WeedMaps.com to enhance transparency, build trust with patients, and attract potential customers.
2. Social Networking - The social networking industry can explore opportunities to create specialized platforms for niche communities like the cannabis community, catering to their specific needs and interests.
3. Location-based Services - Location-based services can extend beyond traditional industries to sectors like the cannabis industry, enhancing consumer experience and streamlining access to products.
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