Instagram's War on Weed

Instagram is Waging a War on Weed

"Instagram has been incredibly valuable in giving a voice to the voiceless, and that's included cannabis patients and providers..." 

-Coral Reefer

 

As the legal marijuana industry continues to expand in the U.S., reaching 23 states and the District of Columbia, businesses and brands are increasingly turning to social media to attract cannabis consumers. But at least one social media company, the photo-sharing app Instagram, appears to be turning marijuana businesses away.

"It's a shame they aren't proud of the community that has grown on Instagram around cannabis. I hope that they can clarify their policy to reflect the interest of many of their users," Reefer added.

But it's not just individuals who are getting burned by Instagram's cannabis crackdown. For the marijuana industry in Oregon and Colorado, two states where marijuana is legal for medical and recreational purposes, account removals are increasingly common among dispensaries and cannabis brands. (continue)