Anyone who knows the guys who run Weedmaps knows they are some pretty loyal dudes. That, in fact, is one of the reasons (and money) that Weedmaps still lists trap (unlicensed) dispensaries and brands. And even though they recently agreed to remove any/all unlicensed operators from the site, no exact date for the mass deletion was given.
There are currently a handful of SoCal brands that are also freinds of Weedmaps (mostly in Los Angeles) that for whatever reason, have not yet been licensed to operate legally by the State of California. If Weedmaps were to suddenly make good on their pledge today they would have to remove them from the site. And I really don’t see that happening.
What’s that mean for licensed operators in the short term? Well, they’re just going to have to stay in their lane and grind a little harder.
What concerns me is that the licensed dispensary owners all pretty much seem to think that as soon as Weedmaps stops listing trap operators, their sales will pick up. And to be honest, I’m not sure that’s the case.
Weedmaps deleting unlicensed shops does nothing to change the fact that the shops still exists and that licensed shops charge way too much thanks to taxes.
Later this year Weedmaps will change up the site. It won’t take long at all for permitted shops to feel a surge in business (if there is one).
This should be interesting.