Orange County NORML and California Cannabis Coalition members stand with patients for Yes on CC
By Craig Beresch, California Cannabis Coalition
Tomorrow, the voters of Santa Ana, CA will be faced with two choices: Vote for Measure CC, a citizen promoted initiative, or vote for Measure BB, a City Council initiative promoted and paid for by a murky organization named Ghost Management Group LLC.
Ghost Management Group LLC’s financial support and backing of the City Council’s measure can be seen in the Form 460 filed with election officials and shown here as a pdf file. You can see that Ghost Management Group LLC is listed as operating at 41 Discovery in Irvine, CA. Now, put the following URL in your browser http://justinhartfield.me/. At that link you can see Mr. Justin Ross Hartfield, the Chief Executive Officer of Weedmaps.com and General Partner at “Ghost Group, a holding company of various marijuana assets”. Note that he and his companies are located in Irvine, CA.
Long story short, Weedmaps.com is in cahoots with the Santa Ana City Council funding and supporting a vote-splitting effort to the citizen-sponsored Measure CC. A lot of people think this is a knife in the back to the Marijuana Movement by Weedmaps.com.
It is a knife in the back. A knife that Weedmaps.com buried because they are following their financial interest. First, the citizen-sponsored Measure CC provides for a number of locations in easily accessible locations with a fair tax regimen imposed. In contrast, the Weedmaps.com Measure BB is far more onerous. It forces dispensaries to locate in industrial zones not easily accessed by consumers, and it imposes a draconian tax schedule on dispensaries. The upshot of this is that if the Weedmaps.com Measure BB passes there will be far more incentive for people to establish black market dispensaries.
Attached is the campaign finance form. The funding partner for measure BB (the city’s messed up opposition initiative meant to do nothing but shut everyone down) is Ghost Management Group LLC at 41 Discovery in Irvine, Ca. A quick Google search turns this up:
Weedmaps.com’s bread and butter is black market dispensaries. When proper regulations are in force, and dispensaries are able to locate in convenient locations and stay open for years, their need to advertise on Weedmaps.com drops. Indeed, as they become known as local fixtures their need to advertise at all drops precipitously. However, in markets with no regulation or onerous regulations black market dispensaries are the only option. As we all know from experience, black market dispensaries are forced to open, close, move and reopen on a regular basis. The only advertising forum they have and the only way they can attract the patients they need to continue operating is via Weedmaps.com. That is why Ghost Management Group, LLC, the owner of Weedmaps.com, is trying to split the vote in Santa Ana and keep black market dispensaries in Santa Ana.
Don’t be fooled into lining Weedmaps.com’s pockets and being a stooge for Santa Ana’s City Council, join us at the California Cannabis Coalition in Voting YES on Measure CC and Voting NO on Measure BB.