As the culture of cannabis moves from underground to the medical community, a market is growing for doctors, caregivers and patients to buy medical marijuana online. Prior to the legalization of the wonder drug in over twenty states, many people were afraid to even use "cannabis" or "marijuana" as a search term in Google for fear they would be investigated by law enforcement. But things are changing as many licensed dispensaries are starting to appear online. A growing curiosity about the benefits of medical marijuana is allowing its popularity to be channeled into a legal marketplace.
Start with a Dispensary Directory
Keep in mind that the lifespan of dispensaries isn't always as long as cannabis seekers would prefer. Some dispensaries close suddenly due to changes in local laws. Weedmaps.com has been a pioneer in tracking down current dispensaries. The company was founded in Southern California by former mortgage industry executives Justin Hartfield and Doug Francis, as reported in Entrepreneur. The company earns millions of dollars, not my selling cannabis, but by providing a listing of dispensaries similar to how Yelp provides listings for local businesses in general. Weedmaps charges up to $420 per month for dispensaries to be listed in its directory, which helps "weed out" the fly by night operations.
In case there is any doubt about the commercial success of medical cannabis, Weedmap's iPhone app has been downloaded over two million times and registers hundreds of thousands of new users per month. The company, with millions in the bank, is investing in companies associated with cannabis products and now owns the domain Marijuana.com, which Hartfield expects to become the "Amazon of weed." In 2014 Weedmaps ranks in the top 5,000 websites in America, according to Alexa.com. Weedmaps provides a search box to locate medical marijuana dispensaries near your location. Other online directories for speeding up your search to buy medical marijuana online are Dispensaries.com and Leafly.com.
If you want to feel secure when you buy medical marijuana online, a choice for research is PeaceInMedicine.org, which is owned by the mayor of Sebastopol, CA, Robert Jacob. He runs two licensed cannabis dispensaries, one in Sebastopol and one in nearby Santa Rosa, both located in Sonoma County north of San Francisco. The 36 year old entrepreneur was appointed to the position of mayor by the city council in 2013.
In Seattle, Washington, which has legalized both medicinal and recreational marijuana, A Greener Today (206-257-0894) says it offers "high quality medicine" on its website. The dispensary grows its cannabis in-house with a specialty strain called Solventless Hash. The company has three locations in the Seattle area. In 2014 its BHO strain called Willy Wonka Shatter took third place in the US Cannabis Cup held in Denver. The company had won first place the previous year with its Non-Solvent Hash called Fire Power Bubble Hash.
In Colorado Springs, Colorado, another place where both medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, Strawberry Fields Alternative Health and Wellness Center (719-471-2837) is a dispensary that specializes in completely organic medical cannabis. The company boasts that it does not use hydroponics in any part of the growing process, explaining that one person with team support oversees a garden.
Capital City Care (202-670-4420) is a dispensary in Washington, DC that provides organic medical marijuana with an emphasis on safety and high quality. Not only is the organization approved by the city to run a cannabis dispensary, it is also allowed to operate a cultivation center, which has a zero defect policy. The organization makes sure that the medical cannabis it grows locally is free of pesticides.