WeedMaps (legalmarijuanadispensary.com) was created to help patients that use medical marijuana find dispensaries and connect with other patients. The site is essentially a social networking and informational resource for medical marijuana patients. Users can learn about delivery service guidelines, find local services and rate them, and discuss the controversial issue of medical marijuana. The news portion of the website keeps users up to date on recent issues involving medical marijuana. The site even incorporates Google Maps so users can find directions without navigating away from WeedMaps. The site focuses on California, Washington, Michigan, Nevada, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Alaska, and a few non-United States locations.Show more screenshots »
WeedMaps was created to give medical marijuana patients a better way to search for local dispensaries. The site offers a number of information resources as well, although searching for locations and mapping is its main task. Today, many people use Weed Maps to find local dispensaries as well as stay up to date on medical marijuana issues. Through Weed Maps, users can link to other related resources online as well.
WeedMaps is unique in its main focus, which is assisting medical marijuana patients in locating dispensaries. There are many online resources that provide information on the medical benefits of marijuana, as well as many others that offer mapping services. However, few actually provide a mapping service for medical marijuana users. Weed Maps helps users that are located in its coverage area (which is limited, but still includes a number of states and other places).
The WeedMaps website has a very fun, festive feel to it. The colorful logo is reminiscent of old school marijuana movies. The site background sometimes changes with the seasons, providing a spooky (but amusingly so) scene that includes a haunted house silhouette, grinning skeleton, bats and trick or treat goodies. The main navigation bar across the top of the homepage makes it easy for newcomers to find their way around the website. Large Google maps are also incorporated in and make it much more convenient for patients looking for the closest dispensary.
A new user can sign up by clicking the brilliant yellow link that reads “New? Register!” just beside the sign in link at the top right hand corner of the homepage. The registration form asks for a name, username, email address, password, and zip code. After entering the information, the user must click the age and patient status verification box before finishing with the green “Create My Account” button. Once the information has been submitted, the user is taken back to the homepage and can begin using WeedMaps.
WeedMaps is an information resource for users and does not offer a service that would justify a membership fee. Anyone can create an account and access information and maps on Weed Maps for free. There are no premium paid accounts, every user can access all features as soon as they complete registration. The only catch is users have to verify (by simply checking a check box) that they are over 18 years of age and a medical marijuana patient in their state.
WeedMaps is ideal for anyone who is a medical marijuana user in the states the site covers. The user must verify that they are a medical marijuana patient during registration, so the site is only intended for this audience. Although not much can stop someone from creating an account and stating they are when they are not a patient, it makes little difference since searches can be done without signing up.