As the medical cannabis industry grows very slowly, patients in need of the services offered by dispensaries are looking to find a source that suits their needs. Unfortunately, medical marijuana finds itself at the center of a new scandal, this time with a surprisingly liberal party. Despite multiple reasons for the website not to do so, medical marijuana pages are taken down by Facebook.
Pages are being taken down
Facebook has been reported to unexpectedly take down a number of business pages on its social network, pages operating medical marijuana dispensaries throughout New Jersey, Maine, and Washington.
This has managed to garner the ire of both page owners and customers, as the only message left on the pages was that they were violating the website’s terms of service. Other than a short message, the company representatives refused to talk to any of the owners any further.
No explanations are being offered
The short message left on the pages that were taken down talked about how the website removes all pages containing encouragement or promotion of drug use. It also said that the pages were currently not visible on the social media outlet, and that it does not follow the website’s terms and agreements.
Multiple page owners said that they tried to approach someone from Facebook to try to explain the situation, but that they were simply turned away without any given reason. This, of course, enraged the page owners, but they couldn’t really do anything about it.
Why they should stay up
Owners of medical cannabis dispensaries such as Breakwater Wellness and Treatment Center, Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center, and even NJ.com claim that the social media website is doing its customers a disservice by preventing them from interacting with other parties that might help.
Sure, the companies have their own websites, but under federal law they aren’t allowed to promote their products in any way. So, if a customer in need of their medicine were to not be in the know regarding what they should get, there is nobody to send them the right way.
Despite possession and production of the drug is against the federal law, the Obama administration stated that it will not spend any resources whatsoever investigating marijuana use that happens to be permitted by state law.
Regardless, Republican lawmakers promised to try to keep medical marijuana out of the hands of pretty much anybody, even attempting to change the Medical Marijuana Act before any patients manage to obtain any of their much needed products.
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