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Facebook Changes Stance On Marijuana Advertising

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facebookFacebook Allows Pro Marijuana Ads

By Berry White

Not that it would be shocking to anyone that has used Facebook before… But last week they were taking more than their fair share of heat for going overboard in their scrutiny of any ads that dealt with the topic of marijuana. Facebook has had a long and inglorious history of being blunt in their denial marijuana ads.

Well — last week Facebook went too far in their rejection of ads by groups that were working as advocates for marijuana legalization and policy reform. The less than questionable ads, which have caused Facebook this sticky issue, had the backdrop of a marijuana fan leaf with alternating photos of the Romney and Obama… and their amused, smug faces smiling back at their faithful servants. The purposes of this satirical Photoshop add was to be a means of garnishing attention for the many different forms of marijuana reform that are being sought during this election season.

As many different incarnations of this doctored Facebook marijuana ad were submitted by varying groups of pro-marijuana supporters, including “just say now” and “students for sensible drug policy,” both groups were told to pound sand… and get a job -because these ads ain’t running!

Well at least that’s what Facebook thought… At least until the Northern California chapter of the ACLU got involved and cultivated an understanding between the politically active pro-marijuana group and the staunchly stupid over at FB. After the ACLU and a handful of other groups became involved in a campaign to correct Facebook’s freedom of speech oversights… Facebook ended up doing the right thing and changing course on its long-standing position of not allowing any ads with marijuana as its primary focus, regardless of their “intended nature.”

While Facebook has long had “high” standards as to what they will, and will not accept as advertisements on their ever popular social network pages. These Ads were political in nature. Not some medical marijuana collective trying to ‘whore out’ their goods on Facebook’s popular platform, but rather a serious discussion of the political nature… about a much-maligned plant.

As many know Facebook has long had guidelines restricting advertisements against products that may do harm to one’s health. As such, within the Facebook guidelines it clearly states that no ads for E -cigarettes, rolling papers, cigarettes, hookahs… Or any other type of device that may be used for vaporizing or smoking any herb or plant.

The problem with Facebook’s blanket denial of these most recent ads of a pro-marijuana, politically motivated… is that they were simply encouraging those of voting age, to stand up and make their voice heard. With slogans such as “register to vote? Make your voice heard on historic marijuana ballot measures this November” and yet another ad was making less than a subtle reference to both Romney and Obama was complete lack of ideas or policy regarding marijuana of reform. This despite the national sentiment which clearly indicates Americans choice to move away from marijuana prohibition in their ever growing desire for laws based on common sense rather than fear and ignorance.

Source: Marijuana.Com

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  1. Facebook get you head out of your ass What about Pot Farm it that not one of your games ? We all should boycot face book and all the bs that they bring to the table. Enough is enough ….

  2. An appeal to all Prohibitionists:

    Most of us know that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high–no matter what, so why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists, and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future.

    Why do you wish to continue with a policy that has proven itself to be a poison in the veins of our once so “proud & free” nation? Even if you cannot bear the thought of people using drugs, there is absolutely nothing you, or any government, can do to stop them. We have spent 40 years and trillions of dollars on this dangerous farce; Prohibition will not suddenly and miraculously start showing different results. Do you actually believe you may personally have something to lose If we were to begin basing our drug policy on science & logic instead of ignorance, hate and lies?

    Maybe you’re a police officer, a prison guard, or a local/national politician. Possibly you’re scared of losing employment, overtime pay, the many kickbacks, and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid, and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks?

    Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem.

    Prohibition prevents regulation: legalize, regulate, and tax!

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