Weedmaps, the online marijuana directory under scrutiny from California regulators, has emerged as a major industry player in state politics based on recent campaign and lobbying records.
Over the first three months of the year, the Orange County-based company spent $90,000 lobbying the Legislature, the governor’s office and five agencies responsible for overseeing California’s nascent marijuana market, according to filings with the Secretary of State’s office.
Weedmaps spent another $67,100 on political contributions to the California Democratic Party and 10 state lawmakers between February and April 25, the records show. The donations included $25,000 to state Democrats shortly before their convention in San Diego as well as $10,000 each to the ballot campaign accounts of Assembly Budget Committee chairman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, and Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, who chairs the Governmental Organizational Committee. Both committees vet bills and policies affecting Weedmaps and other marijuana companies.
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