‘Weedmaps’ Ads on TTC Sparks Up Controversy

This app contains a map of Toronto dispensaries

The TTC is under fire this week for allowing a new app called Weedmaps to advertise on TTC busses and subways.

Weedmaps is a new app that provides a map of local marijuana dispensaries and deliveries. The controversy started due to the legal grey area dispensaries reside in for Toronto, despite the fact that the city is crawling with them.


Weedmaps claims to be “the most complete and accurate set of listings in all legal jurisdictions worldwide”, offering users a database of marijuana-friendly doctors, plus functions as a community hub for customers to review dispensaries and strains of weed.

TTC spokesperson Stuart Green told CBC “We know it’s a bit of a grey area in terms of the legalities,” but the ad was forwarded to the TTC by their marketing firm Pattison Outdoor for review before consulting with the Advertising Standards Council of Canada before giving the green light.

“Medical marijuana is legal in Canada. Under certain circumstances people can use it, so that was taken into account in our decision,” Green added.


Weedmaps has been operating for a while in the United States, with its headquarters located in Orange County, CA and Denver, CO. The company also has its own clothing line and over 70 000 followers on social media.

Where do you stand on the TTC hosting ad space for Weedmaps?