Just when it feels like we’re shaking off the stigma and are edging closer to federal legalization and social acceptance of cannabis, one of the world’s most powerful social media sites bans a weed-related online magazine.
Facebook-owned Instagram recently and without explanation shut down Cannabis Culture Magazine’s account on June 28th, reported Cannabis Culture.
Why? The magazine’s editors seem not to have a clue.
The last posting published on Cannabis Culture before getting tossed off Instagram was a screenshot of an article about Rhode Island cannabis workers calling for a one-day strike on June 26 in support of unionized workers at the Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center.
As it turns out, the magazine’s page was unceremoniously removed within an hour of this posting “without warning or notice as to any violation of community guidelines.”
Although Cannabis Culture recognized the possibility of coincidence in timing, it pointed out that it was left with no explanation or means to contact or appeal to Instagram in order to find one.
“Thus far, all attempts to reestablish the page have proven fruitless,” the Canadian-based Cannabis Culture wrote.
Because of new rules enforced by Facebook, the magazine is being prevented from creating a new account with the word “cannabis” as part of the username, the report went on. “We have no way of knowing the reason for the ban, because Instagram will not provide us with the reason we’ve been banned. We have no means of recourse or appeal.”