Latest news reported that Facebook bans public marijuana pages.
Medical marijuana pages of dispensaries in New Jersey, Maine and Washington are unexpectedly being taken down by Facebook. The company claimed that such pages were against the website’s terms of service.
When trying to access the page of a dispensary, users were only shown a note which said “It looks like content on your page does not follow the Facebook Community Terms and Standards”.
The situation angered dispensaries owners as well as patients who use medical marijuana. Facebook representatives refused to provide any answers regarding the issue. One of the owner whose dispensary page was disabled said that the social network did a disfavor to individuals who follow the pages for continuous updates.
Even if medical marijuana dispensaries have their own pages, according to the federal law they are not permitted to promote their products. If a potential customer looked for their marijuana treatment now, there is nobody to give them the right instructions.
Michael Nelson, head of the Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center, said that website pages
“allows us to post strain names which allows people to do research. It allows the communication between the patients about what is working”.
Growing and selling marijuana is known to be prohibited. However, the Obama administration announced that they will not use any resources for further investigation of the marijuana use that is permitted by the state. At the moment, there is little information regarding the number of dispensary pages that were taken down.
Moreover, Washington and Maine business pages were also removed in the last three months. It seems that Facebook is aligning its standards to federal laws rather than taking into consideration the specifics of the states where medical marijuana dispensaries are opened.
The news that Facebook bans public medical marijuana pages means the weed use is still a controversial subject in the United States.
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