Facebook shuts down marijuana retailers’ pages in Alaska

Facebook has deleted or taken down several pages belonging to Alaska marijuana retailers, making cannabis businesses in the state the latest to be hit by the tech giant’s occasional displays of cannaphobia.

Marijuana businesses in Alaska and other states already face severe advertising restrictions, and Facebook’s moves will only make it more difficult for cannabis companies to reach their clientele.

Owners and employees of at least six Alaskan cannabis retailers say Facebook shut down their stores’ pages in the past week, according to Alaska Dispatch News.

Facebook took down the pages about the same time that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was visiting the state over the Fourth of July holiday, the news service reported.

Early last year, Facebook and Instagram – which is owned by Facebook – shut down roughly 100 pages belonging to marijuana businesses. A Facebook spokeswoman said at the time the company doesn’t allow content that “promotes” marijuana sales but does permit non-promotional cannabis-related content.

But many marijuana retail pages were left alone during the 2016 purge, leaving some in the cannabis industry confused about the criteria Facebook uses when deciding whether to shutter or ignore marijuana retailers.

That appears to be the situation in Alaska, where some cannabis retailers’ Facebook pages were left alone. For example, AK Fuzzy Budz’ Facebook page was shut down four times but was allowed to stay live over the July Fourth weekend when the store was closed, Alaska Dispatch News reported.

3 comments on “Facebook shuts down marijuana retailers’ pages in Alaska
  1. al simon on

    it’s time to fight back, facebook, paypal aol. shopify and every other internet social media behemoth company that blocks hemp and marijuana businesses from their sites, especially in legal states, for no reason other than that they can, needs to start paying for their actions. We are a legal, multi billion dollar industry, hiring tens of thousand of employees. Lets get together as an industry and fight these bastard companies the American way in the market place and the courts, national boycotts stockholder and class action lawsuits.ANY INTEREST OUT THERE, call me. Lets start something together 1888 257 4666
    Al

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    • e ernsy on

      Count me in! I am a MMJ practitioner in NY state and I created a telemedicine company to do so. I have been targeted and investigated as a “high volume” provider: I see an average of 5 patients a day. I am strictly prohibited from advertising: I have been pulled off of Google, shut down by FB: even presenting them my medical license and copy of state law. Yet I am only advertising in my state within my scope of practice where MMJ is legal. Such strict provisions and wonky 1980s state speak site deter and intimidate patients and providers. I have interviewed in WSJ, Forbes, Huff Post and local and regional news media and outlets. Still, stigma and harassment plague me and my patients. And MMJ is 90-100% effective in symptoms relief with little or no side effects and/or interactions. There is no advertising or protections from the state either: they advertise for smoking cessation, pregnancy, STDs, vaccines, etc. Not for MMJ. I have a 10 yr old girl who had seizures and she had to wait 2+ weeks and jump hoops as if this was a real dangerous drug just to get high CBD. Same for a dying man with rapidly spreading brain cancer. I have to deal with the pain and angst they suffer while dealing with the program!! Compassionate Care Act? Go figure. Count me in. I’ve taken off the gloves.

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  2. pam on

    Marky has Trump’s campaign advisor beginning marky’s run for president… Watch the movie Idiocracy, please, then go to Starbucks, you’ll feel better.

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