I am a little late on this one, but now that recreational marijuana is legal in California as of 2018, I decided to revisit how Google My Business is handling the business category.

For years, dispensaries providing medical marijuana to sick patients were stuck using random categories such as “medical clinic”, “herbal medicine store” or “alternative medicine practitioner”. Now, there is a category called “Cannabis Store”.

I’m not quite sure when this change occurred, but after googling around it appears that they added this category at some point in 2017.

Taking a look at San Francisco, it looks like the Bay Area is on top of this change as nearly all of the businesses selling the wacky tobaccy had this high on their priority list.


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