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Wikileaf Connects Users with Best Cannabis Rates
The first website to compare prices on marijuana at different dispensaries is Wikileaf, which is being hailed as the “Priceline of Pot.”
Founded by Dan Nelson in June of 2013, the site – currently in beta – lets users enter in the amount they wish to spend, as well as their zip code, before comparing hundreds of competing offers.
Nelson’s experience is in finance, though we have to wonder if recreational marijuana use helped inspire the idea.
“My background is in banking. I’ve run a successful banking website/blog full time since 2008 and have logged countless hours mulling over interest rate tables,” said Nelson. “To me the parallels between banking and marijuana were surprisingly striking and the ways in which banks and credit unions compete against one another online provided an easy framework to apply to the emerging marijuana industry.”
It is the same concept that changed the travel industry when Priceline was introduced in 2000. Nelson pointed out that there are dozens of websites, such as WeedMaps and Leafly, that allow the consumer to search for local dispensaries. He continued, “These sites are great and work for a lot of people, but we knew there was a major opportunity in comparing prices openly from these dispensaries and thus forcing them to compete against one another in a completely open and transparent marketplace.”
We knew there was a major opportunity in comparing prices openly from these dispensaries and thus forcing them to compete against one another in a completely open and transparent marketplace.-Dan Nelson
Currently Wikileaf is in beta and users can only search for medical marijuana providers on the West Coast. The list of states includes Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, while so far New York and Florida have been left out.
The user experience is fairly streamlined. The homepage invites you to perform a search by the amount you wish to spend and zip code. You may also choose to look up a favorite strain of cannabis, or to browse local providers in your area. They don’t break down the menu yet, but learning how many grams your dollars can get you is a convenient feature that may save MMJ patients a lot of money.
Since it’s illegal to advertise marijuana and related products on social networks like Facebook, and MMJ posts often get flagged. The “budding” marijuana sector has created a new niche for online entrepreneurs.
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