East County News Service
April 5, 2018 (San Diego) -- Recently, California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control has requested that online services cease listing unlicensed dispensaries operating in violation of state cannabis regulations. Several prominent online dispensary finder services have chosen to ignore this guidance from state regulators and continue to list unlicensed dispensaries. But others are pledging to fully comply with state regulations by steering customers only to licensed dispensaries.
“We believe that operating in full compliance with state cannabis regulations is crucial to creating long-term, sustainable shareholder value and building confidence with consumers as well as local, state and federal regulatory organizations,” states MassRoots Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Isaac Dietrich. “By continuing to drive traffic to unlicensed dispensaries, these other services are punishing businesses that have invested significant time and resources to gain compliance with state regulations. We view this as an opportunity to build long-term relationships with compliant dispensaries that are the future of the cannabis industry.”
MassRoots, a Denver-based cannabis industry technology platform, (OTCQB:MSRT), provides mobile apps that aim to empower consumers to make educated cannabis purchasing decisions through community-driven reviews.
By contrast, Weedmaps, an online company that touts helping consumers find marijuana dispensaries, as of today lists numerous illegal dispensaries including some in jurisdictions that have no legally licensed facilities, such as El Cajon and Spring Valley. The site provides no information to advise consumers of the illicit status of such operations, where there is no regulatory oversight for quality or purity of products.