Yelp Blocks Marijuana Businesses From Two Key Advertising Features

Yelp Blocks Marijuana Businesses From Two Key Advertising Features

Yelp is no longer offering two key advertising features to marijuana-related businesses, the company confirmed to Marijuana Moment. Two cannabis businesses have shared an email from Yelp announcing the policy change. It states that the company had “unfortunate news” and that it will be removing both the “Business Highlights and Portfolio advertising options for cannabis-related businesses, effective immediately.” “We will be removing these programs from your Yelp page over the course of the next few business days,” the email continues. The Berkeley Patients Group (BPG), which is the longest-running cannabis dispensary in the country, told Marijuana Moment on Wednesday that it has already seen a significant impact since receiving the notice two days earlier. “This is yet another blow for us—amidst a devastating pandemic, no less,” BPG Director of Marketing Lauren Watson said. “Yelp was one of only a few effective advertising channels available to legal cannabis companies, and now, without warning, we’re being shut out. Just two days after the new policy was implemented, we’re seeing over a 60 percent decline in page views.” In a tweet, the chief technology officer of cannabis delivery company Bud.com shared a screenshot of the email from Yelp. Two features forward – one feature back? We just got this email from Yelp: they have elected to discontinue a few of the few advertising options for cannabis businesses on their platform: pic.twitter.com/ZbidzrNbrG — Justin Hall (@jah) June 16, 2020 “It’s frustrating to pay taxes and compete with unlicensed folks who can advertise digitally against…

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