Facebook smokes out pot pages

This past week, Facebook began cracking down on accounts run by medical marijuana dispensaries. According to a report from The Guardian, the social media giant is taking down pages run by marijuana businesses.

Business owners have expressed anger over their accounts being taken down without any warning. Most accounts have been up for years with no problem, yet when they tried logging into their account recently, the page had been taken down.

“We had about 1,500 likes, that we’d been growing constantly for the past two years. It was just gone, no warning,” marijuana business owner Florence Hijazi said in a report by Tucson News Now.

This screenshot of Facebook's Community Standards page shows the only mention of marijuana in the policies.

This screenshot of Facebook’s Community Standards page shows the only mention of marijuana in the policies.

Facebook claims that these pages were in violation of their community standards, saying “We prohibit any attempts by unauthorized dealers to purchase, sell, or trade prescription drugs, marijuana, or firearms.”

 

However, many shop owners are claiming that products are not being sold on Facebook and therefore, their pages are not in violation of the above guideline.

“We never list prices, we never put any specials or promotions. Ninety percent of what we share is educational,” director of Denver’s Mary’s Medicinals Graham Sorkin said in an interview with Colorado’s 9 news.

Despite this, Sorkin has already made a new page for his company and the page has garnered almost 700 likes already. His and many other companies are not backing down from Facebook as well as other social media accounts such as Twitter and Instagram.

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