Marijuana Most Searched in New York Among Pot States
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) New York is among the top five most searched states for pot on Leafly.com despite the fact that legal medical marijuana is not yet operational in the Northeastern state .
"It indicates that New Yorkers have access to cannabis in some way, shape or form," said Cy Scott, founder of Leafly, a website and app. "They are looking to find out what kind of cannabis they are consuming and what the effects might be."
Leafly differs from BudgetWeed.com with a focus on strain education .
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"Our niche is searching for products and services by price," said Budgetweed Founder Dr. Marlon Fuller. "So if a user has $50 to spend on an eighth of cannabis sativa plus $150 for a doctor's office visit then they come to Budget Weed to search those categories based on location."
Fuller's website is free for six months, then charges either $40 or $100 per month.
"We also have many additional features to help us differentiate including free cannabis-infused recipes , a cannabis-themed game called Bud Brain that is playable on a smart phone without downloading, a web store with vaporizers and our trademark apparel called Bud Club ," said Fuller, whose brother-in-law is West Coast Rapper Snoop Dog.
Leafly claims to have more than 100,000 reviews in its database.
"We don't track sales," Scott told MainStreet. "We do list dispensaries and their menus, so we're able to see menu quantity locations and the traffic they get."
When New Yorkers surf Leafly, they often change location from New York to Colorado and Washington where recreational sales were made legal this year.
"I think they have access on the street but they also want to see what's available in legal states because they may be planning trips there," Scott told MainStreet. "We see a lot of usage in New York from reviews."
Governor Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act, allowing for a medical marijuana pilot program in the next 18 months.
"Cuomo didn't make all the changes he wanted and I'm happy about that and the pilot program seems to be a good model to start although it's not established yet," Scott said.
"There are people with multiple sclerosis who are looking to treat their symptoms with cannabis and there are people seeking to treat pain from cancer with cannabis," said Scott.