Alaska Dispensaries Shocked to See Facebook Shutting Down Business Pages

Alaska Dispensaries Shocked to See Facebook Shutting Down Business Pages

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Is Facebook taking a stand against Alaska dispensaries? Some dispensary owners in the state of Alaska think that might be the case. According to Alaska Dispatch News, the social media giant has reportedly shut down or deleted the Facebook pages of six recreational marijuana dispensaries in the state within a week of each other.

With tough restrictions in place limiting where marijuana businesses can advertise, social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have been one of the few places where the legal marijuana industry has been able to reach potential customers, even if such advertising violates the site’s policy.

Under Facebook’s community standards, “any attempts by private individuals to purchase, sell, or trade prescription drugs, marijuana, firearms or ammunition” is strictly prohibited.

Regardless, some in Alaska’s marijuana industry believe that the wave of page shutdowns for Alaska dispensaries has less to with Facebook’s community standards and more to due with the fact that its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, recently paid a trip to Alaska over the Fourth of July weekend.

“That’s what kills me,” said Cary Carrigan, executive director of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association, to Alaska Dispatch News. “Zuckerberg shows up and Facebook pages are down.”

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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