The Weedmaps Subpoena: Has the Feds’ Interest in the Cannabis Industry Really Shifted?

Last October, Weedmaps, the well-known platform providing cannabis consumers with information related to cannabis products, online ordering, retail store and product listings, and consumer education, received a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of California seeking records related to a number of cannabis operators listed on the platform, as well as documents related to its ordering service, records related to its staff, investors and accounting.

In an emailed statement to MarketWatch, a Weedmaps spokesperson stated:

“Given our role as the largest technology company in the cannabis sector, from time to time, Weedmaps receives requests for information from government agencies. We cooperate with these requests as we do with all lawful inquiries. Our corporate policy is not to comment to the media about any specific legal matters or inquiries with respect to the company or any of its customers.”

But of course, the probe has raised concerns throughout the industry that the federal government is taking a renewed interest in adult-use cannabis operators. In particular, the subpoena requires Weedmaps to produce “any and all documents related to the company’s service that facilitates the online ordering of marijuana,” as well as any communication or agreement

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