Weedmaps Coughs up Records to Feds

Weedmaps Coughs up Records to Feds

Weedmaps, the online directory of cannabis-store menus and locations that’s served alternately as a “little black book” for licensed weed stores and a Craigslist for off-books and illicit marijuana sales, is now also the federal Justice Department’s leading source for inside dirt on the California cannabis industry. Founded in 2008, Weedmaps quickly became the leading online resource for curious cannabis buyers and weed merchants eager to sell them cannabis. Until Jan. 1, Weedmaps allowed almost anyone to publish on its website contact information and a menu of cannabis products — including, much to the chagrin of California state cannabis regulators and struggling legal businesses playing by the rules, unlicensed marijuana merchants, both delivery services and storefronts. The names of those merchants — and whatever they sold, and to whom — now appear to be in the possession of prosecutors at the U.S. Justice Department’s Eastern District of California, as MarketWatch first reported on Monday. Weedmaps’s parent company, Ghost Management Group, was issued a grand jury subpoena on Sept. 19 of last year for “documents related to cannabis businesses listed” on the website as well as records related to cannabis orders, on top of records related to Weedmaps’s own business dealings, including its investors and staff, MarketWatch reported. The subpoena also sought information related to at least 30 cannabis brands operating in California, including Cannacraft, which markets vape-cart cartridges under the AbsoluteXtracts and Care By Design Brands, and publicly-traded Terra Tech, according to attorney Matt Kumin, who reviewed the subpoena. The…

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