7 Oklahoma cannabis shops file suit, seek release from ‘Facebook Jail’

Seven Oklahoma medical marijuana dispensaries have sued Facebook, claiming the social media giant placed them in “Facebook Jail” for posting about their operations.

The lawsuit by the Oklahoma dispensaries is the latest of a flurry of complaints by cannabis companies against Facebook and other social media sites, such as Instagram.

“Facebook Jail” is when a page or profile is temporarily disabled for allegedly violating standards, and such actions by social media sites can cost businesses thousands of dollars in losses.

In Oklahoma, Ye Olde Apothecary Shoppe and its owner, Danna Malone, initially sued Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and executive team member Peter Thiel, the Tulsa World reported.

Six other dispensary owners have since joined the lawsuit as plaintiffs, according to the newspaper.

They are seeking a court order preventing Facebook from censoring their business pages, the Tulsa World reported, and also are asking for more than $75,000 in damages for “economic harm.”

The petition charges “a pattern of targeting the Oklahoma medical marijuana industry.”

Facebook did not immediately respond to a Tulsa World email seeking comment on Tuesday.

In October, MarketWatch reported that Facebook would stop blocking marijuana-related searches for legitimate businesses with the word “cannabis” or “marijuana” in the name.

For more on the Oklahoma situation, click here.

3 comments on “7 Oklahoma cannabis shops file suit, seek release from ‘Facebook Jail’
    • Timothy Fierro on

      Johnny Korell… The only collusion with Russia was with the Democrats! This all started back in 2015. Just because Donald Trump won! Democrats are cry babys and can’t stand to lose. Open your eyes. Trump 2020!!!
      WWG1WGA! MAGA! Q sent me. 😉

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  1. Bryan on

    Johnny perhaps you need to visit one of the dispensaries and but a bowl to chill. This has zero to do with Trump. Relax before you have a stroke bro.

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