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Cannabis Brands Want To Try Influencer Marketing, But Influencers Are Wary

Cannabis companies are turning to influencers to grow their business

Cannabis companies are turning to influencers to grow their business and get around platforms’ ad bans. MedMen, for one, is using influencers as part of a $4 million campaign around Los Angeles to show its retail outlets are in high-end shopping districts.

But even though cannabis is becoming legal in more states and gaining social acceptability, influencers are still anxious about doing weed tie-ups.

Influencer agency Heartbeat pairs companies with nearly 200,000 micro-influencers and just signed two new cannabis clients that want to promote their goods on Instagram: Miss Grass, an online store and publication; and Sagely Naturals, an e-commerce site. But only 30 percent of the agency’s influencers said they were comfortable doing so.

“There’s a lot of confusion that’s blocking influencers from getting on board,” said Brian Freeman, founder and CEO of Heartbeat. “They are scared of legal ramifications, and they don’t want YouTube to shut them down.”

 

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