Facebook Declares War on Medical Marijuana Pages

23 states, including New Jersey, have legalized medicinal cannabis so far, and many more to legalize in the near future. Yet the omnipresent social media giant seems to be bothered by it. Three home pages run by dispensaries from NJ and at least handful of others across the state, have been deleted from Facebook.

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This unusual move came as a surprise for dispensary owners and angered a lot of patients who said that they rely on the up-to-the-minute information delivered from these sites about the newest strains that help ease the pain or relieve of debilitating symptoms.  
“It seems high-handed to simply shut down important resources for sick patients without even saying why or giving organizations a way to ask for reconsideration,” 

Stated Peter Rosenfeld, a registered patient out of 5 668 in the program.

What better use of a social media than having sites where parents of sick children can ask questions about medication and treatments?

The Facebook media relations office, in an E-mail, refused to answer questions, instead referred NJ Advance Media to the community standards section on its homepage.

Officials from Breakwater Wellness and Treatment Center in Cranbury and Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center in Bellmawr explained how, on Tuesday, when trying to use their home page they found the electronic message: “We remove any promotion or encouragement of drug use.”

Your page is currently not visible on Facebook. It looks like content on your page does not follow the Facebook Community Terms and Standards.

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“The site does not allow ads that promote the sale or use of . . . illegal, prescription, or recreational drugs,” according to the advertising policies’ page.

Breakwater’s founder, Alex Zaleski had something to say on the matter and called Facebook’s actions “a great disservice to our patients who rely on us to keep them updated on what is going on. We are looking into the matter and hope to resolve it in the patients’ favor as soon as possible.”

Even though every registered dispensary has a  web page, Facebook is of great importance because the state rules prohibit advertising, the General Manager of Compassionate Sciences, Michael Nelson, said.

Facebook is “incredibly important because the state limits what we can do on our website,” Nelson stated. “It allows us to post strain names which allows people to do research. It allows the communication between the patients about what is working.”

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The home page of the Garden State Dispensary in Woodbridge is also missing, but no representative of theirs was available to comment on the matter. But as unusual as it is, the pages of the other two registered dispensaries, the Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair and the Compassionate Care Foundation in Egg Harbor Township remained active.

It remains unknown how many legal medical marijuana and recreational marijuana operations have been affected. However, dispensaries from Maine and Washington have been, for the last three months, complaining to Facebook about the decision to delete their social media presence.

I am a dentist and I also own a legal marijuana business in Washington State. I run tasteful ads. Right now, my page has been deleted by facebook, but my competitor…is advertising tons of marijuana on facebook, with no problems from you. Why are you focusing on me, but no one else?

I expect an answer soon or at least let me know the next step or should I just start legal action? I feel you are not dealing with this in a fair manner.

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