California to Weedmaps: stop promoting illegal marijuana businesses or face criminal, civil penalties

California To Weedmaps: Stop Promoting Illegal Marijuana Businesses Or Face Criminal, Civil Penalties

Published: Mar 7, 2018, 3:43 pm • Updated: Mar 7, 2018, 3:43 pm By Brooke Edwards Staggs, Orange County Register California’s cannabis czar sent Weedmaps a cease and desist letter, ordering the Irvine company that maps marijuana dispensaries to immediately stop promoting businesses that don’t have state licenses. “You are aiding and abetting in violations of state cannabis laws,” states the letter from Lori Ajax, chief of the Bureau of Cannabis Control. If the company doesn’t immediately drop advertisements for unlicensed businesses, Ajax said Weedmaps could face criminal and civil penalties, including civil fines for each illegal ad. The letter is the only one that’s been sent to an advertising company, according to bureau spokesman Alex Traverso. But it’s one of more than 900 cease and desist letters his agency has sent to unlicensed marijuana businesses in California since recreational weed sales were allowed to start and licensing requirements kicked in Jan. 1. And Traverso...

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