Marijuana Rates is creating quality cannabis-related content and price comparison tools.
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We're new to Patreon, but this already feels like a great community. As the new kids on the block, we'd like to tell you a little bit about our goals, who we are, where we hope to go and what we need to get there. 

Our goal

What if you could find the best deals on cannabis products near you, AND easily purchase those products all in one spot? That’s our long-term goal.

Who we are:

We’re two veterans of the personal finance industry who are enthusiastic about the medicinal (and recreational) advantages of cannabis. For a long time, we heard complaints from friends and family who were having trouble comparing and finding the best deals. And we wanted a place that would allow anyone to compare and easily find medical and recreational cannabis products in their area. So in 2014, we created MarijuanaRates.com with the goal of making location-based cannabis comparison as easy as possible. We (humbly) think we’ve done a great job so far. 

Now it’s 2017 and thousands of people come to MR every month to use our cannabis price comparison tool and read about the latest deals. We love where the site has gone. But we want to go further.

What we’re aiming for:

  1. We want to continue to make MR even more helpful for medical and recreational users. That means not only making it easier for you to find the best prices and deals in your area, but to make the buying process easier as well.
  2. We need MR to be self-sustaining. Right now we're putting in more than we're getting out. Our accountant says that isn’t healthy. We’re looking to grow, and unfortunately, hugs won’t do the trick. So we need all the backing we can get.

Here’s what we’ll use the money for:

  • Staff: We need someone to help us find and include dispensaries in our database, help us create relevant and timely content, do reviews, maintain our database and a bunch of other little things.
  • Web development: We’re looking to add new site features, correct some existing flaws and make your experience even better. And since it’s a website, there’s plenty of ongoing maintenance. Our coding skills are limited, so we have to hire an outside developer.
  • App development: We’re in the process of developing an app that, we hope, will make your life as a cannabis-consumer much easier and cheaper. You’ll be able to find what you want when you want, compare, and buy seamlessly.
  • Legal advice: Nothing about MarijuanaRates.com is illegal (we don’t sell cannabis), but marijuana is still federally illegal, which is pretty bogus. We need legal help to navigate through the murky landscape of cannabis law. And lawyers aren’t cheap. 
  • Mailchimp: We like to email you when there are great deals in your area. But our email list is growing and it’s starting to require more cashola.
  • More content: We aim to post the most relevant and useful content we possibly can. And while we love creating content, it’s pretty time consuming. We’re not just talking blog posts here. We’re thinking podcasts, videos, graphics, and more!
  • Us: Eating and keeping the lights on are the main goals here. 
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
  • You’re in. We’ll put you on our email list and send updates on what we’re working on, future plans, dispensaries we’re working with, etc. (Don’t worry, we’re not spammy. We’ll only send one per week). You’ll also get:
  • Access to Patreon-only content.
  • Access to Patreon-only polls.
Pledge $5 or more per month
  • Whoa! We're stepping it up a notch. You're now helping us pay for custom images, content creation and a whole host of other items. We really like you. Here's what you'll get: 
  • Access to Q&As about cannabis and cannabis-related products. 
  • And all previous rewards. 
Pledge $10 or more per month
  • We're really heating up now. This is about the average cost for a gram of marijuana nationwide. Over a year, you just paid for a month of our monthly web maintenance costs. That deserves a hug. It also deserves a: 
  • Monthly patron-only live chat.
  • And all previous rewards. 
Pledge $25 or more per month
  • Seriously. Who are you? If we ever meet in person, hugs are guaranteed. This is around the average price for a quarter of cannabis nationwide. You just paid for a month of hosting costs. Here's what else you'll get:
  • A look at our process/behind-the-scenes.
  • And all previous rewards
Pledge $50 or more per month
  • Let's meet. Seriously. You're making us blush. At this level, you're now helping us hire outside help for things like database management, web development and content creation. Here's what you'll get: 
  • A meet and greet with us via Google Hangout (if you want). 
  • The ability to suggest topic ideas for the blog. 
Pledge $100 or more per month
  • We think you're basically on the level of Indiana Jones, you adventure-seeker. And I think we love you. If we ever meet in-person, this falls into awkwardly-long hug category. This level is close to the cost of a half ounce of marijuana nationwide. And you're now paying for some web development costs, app development costs, and a big bag of cheetos. Here's what you'll get: 
  • The ability to suggest blog post ideas and collaborate with us. 
  • The inside-scoop on our process for the site. 
Pledge $300 or more per month
  • You're kidding, right? This is around the average cost of an ounce nationwide. Let's just say that if you pick this tier, you can get pretty much whatever you want ... within reason — think collaboration opportunities, Google Hangouts and unlimited virtual hugs. 
Goals
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If we hit this goal, we'd be able to do things like: 

  • Hire Staff: We need someone to help us find and include dispensaries in our database, help us create relevant and timely content, do reviews, maintain our database and a bunch of other little things.
  • Work on development: We’re looking to add new site features, correct some existing flaws and make your experience even better. And since it’s a website, there’s plenty of ongoing maintenance. Our coding skills are limited, so we have to hire an outside developer.
  • Build an app: We’re in the process of developing an app that, we hope, will make your life as a cannabis-consumer much easier and cheaper. You’ll be able to find what you want when you want, compare, and buy seamlessly.
  • Keep you updated: We like to email you when there are great deals in your area. But our email list is growing and it’s starting to require more cashola.
  • Create more content: We aim to post the most relevant and useful content we possibly can. And while we love creating content, it’s pretty time consuming. We’re not just talking blog posts here. We’re thinking podcasts, videos, graphics, and more!  
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We're new to Patreon, but this already feels like a great community. As the new kids on the block, we'd like to tell you a little bit about our goals, who we are, where we hope to go and what we need to get there. 

Our goal

What if you could find the best deals on cannabis products near you, AND easily purchase those products all in one spot? That’s our long-term goal.

Who we are:

We’re two veterans of the personal finance industry who are enthusiastic about the medicinal (and recreational) advantages of cannabis. For a long time, we heard complaints from friends and family who were having trouble comparing and finding the best deals. And we wanted a place that would allow anyone to compare and easily find medical and recreational cannabis products in their area. So in 2014, we created MarijuanaRates.com with the goal of making location-based cannabis comparison as easy as possible. We (humbly) think we’ve done a great job so far. 

Now it’s 2017 and thousands of people come to MR every month to use our cannabis price comparison tool and read about the latest deals. We love where the site has gone. But we want to go further.

What we’re aiming for:

  1. We want to continue to make MR even more helpful for medical and recreational users. That means not only making it easier for you to find the best prices and deals in your area, but to make the buying process easier as well.
  2. We need MR to be self-sustaining. Right now we're putting in more than we're getting out. Our accountant says that isn’t healthy. We’re looking to grow, and unfortunately, hugs won’t do the trick. So we need all the backing we can get.

Here’s what we’ll use the money for:

  • Staff: We need someone to help us find and include dispensaries in our database, help us create relevant and timely content, do reviews, maintain our database and a bunch of other little things.
  • Web development: We’re looking to add new site features, correct some existing flaws and make your experience even better. And since it’s a website, there’s plenty of ongoing maintenance. Our coding skills are limited, so we have to hire an outside developer.
  • App development: We’re in the process of developing an app that, we hope, will make your life as a cannabis-consumer much easier and cheaper. You’ll be able to find what you want when you want, compare, and buy seamlessly.
  • Legal advice: Nothing about MarijuanaRates.com is illegal (we don’t sell cannabis), but marijuana is still federally illegal, which is pretty bogus. We need legal help to navigate through the murky landscape of cannabis law. And lawyers aren’t cheap. 
  • Mailchimp: We like to email you when there are great deals in your area. But our email list is growing and it’s starting to require more cashola.
  • More content: We aim to post the most relevant and useful content we possibly can. And while we love creating content, it’s pretty time consuming. We’re not just talking blog posts here. We’re thinking podcasts, videos, graphics, and more!
  • Us: Eating and keeping the lights on are the main goals here. 

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
  • You’re in. We’ll put you on our email list and send updates on what we’re working on, future plans, dispensaries we’re working with, etc. (Don’t worry, we’re not spammy. We’ll only send one per week). You’ll also get:
  • Access to Patreon-only content.
  • Access to Patreon-only polls.
Pledge $5 or more per month
  • Whoa! We're stepping it up a notch. You're now helping us pay for custom images, content creation and a whole host of other items. We really like you. Here's what you'll get: 
  • Access to Q&As about cannabis and cannabis-related products. 
  • And all previous rewards. 
Pledge $10 or more per month
  • We're really heating up now. This is about the average cost for a gram of marijuana nationwide. Over a year, you just paid for a month of our monthly web maintenance costs. That deserves a hug. It also deserves a: 
  • Monthly patron-only live chat.
  • And all previous rewards. 
Pledge $25 or more per month
  • Seriously. Who are you? If we ever meet in person, hugs are guaranteed. This is around the average price for a quarter of cannabis nationwide. You just paid for a month of hosting costs. Here's what else you'll get:
  • A look at our process/behind-the-scenes.
  • And all previous rewards
Pledge $50 or more per month
  • Let's meet. Seriously. You're making us blush. At this level, you're now helping us hire outside help for things like database management, web development and content creation. Here's what you'll get: 
  • A meet and greet with us via Google Hangout (if you want). 
  • The ability to suggest topic ideas for the blog. 
Pledge $100 or more per month
  • We think you're basically on the level of Indiana Jones, you adventure-seeker. And I think we love you. If we ever meet in-person, this falls into awkwardly-long hug category. This level is close to the cost of a half ounce of marijuana nationwide. And you're now paying for some web development costs, app development costs, and a big bag of cheetos. Here's what you'll get: 
  • The ability to suggest blog post ideas and collaborate with us. 
  • The inside-scoop on our process for the site. 
Pledge $300 or more per month
  • You're kidding, right? This is around the average cost of an ounce nationwide. Let's just say that if you pick this tier, you can get pretty much whatever you want ... within reason — think collaboration opportunities, Google Hangouts and unlimited virtual hugs.