Retail marijuana has left the underground and joined the World Wide Web.
As states push for limited legalization, Web developers are filling the gaps between seller and buyer. One benefit of the move by states to legalize such transactions is that marijuana buyers no longer have to seek out nefarious types at street corners and conduct their business in hushed tones. They can simply Internet to buy their pot.
Cannabis sites are taking their lead from other successful online consumer models, portraying their sites as the "Yelp" of pot or the "Priceline" of pot. Very catchy. Most sites are relatively new, having been created during the last five years, but their visitor numbers are growing. Plus, many of these sites have mobile apps, so cannabis consumers can get their information from their phones.
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The Marijuana Policy Project site is the most informative Web site with regard to legal issues surrounding marijuana. Each state has its own update as to the status of legalization.
High Times is the grand-daddy of marijuana news. The magazine was founded 40 years ago in New York and went digital in 2008.
There are now 20 states where medicinal marijuana is legal and by the looks of things that number will grow even higher this year. The various types of cannabis is staggering in these shops. Gone are the days of buying pot from the busboy at the restaurant you worked at and just taking what you could get. There are now choices. Many choices. So many its a bit overwhelming. Leafly is here to solve that.
Weedmaps is described as Yelp for pot. The site contains a database of over 3,000 medical marijuana dispensaries and covers 25,000 different types of pot for review.
THCjobs.com -- There aren't a huge amount of jobs on this particular site, but as more states legalize marijuana sites like this will become the headquarters for this specialized field. There are other Web sites that are similar in nature cannajobs.com, 420job.com and indeed.com that workers can check out.