Why is Facebook Deleting Medical Marijuana Pages?

"It seems high-handed to simply shut down important resources for sick patients without even saying why or giving organizations a way to ask for reconsideration." - Peter Rosenfeld NJ Patient

TRENTON — Medical marijuana is legal in 23 states including New Jersey, but the ubiquitous social media giant Facebook apparently doesn't "like" it. Home pages run by three Garden State dispensaries and at least handful of others across the country have been deleted. 

The surprise move stunned dispensary owners and angered patients, who saidWednesday they rely on the up-to-the-minute information these sites provide about the latest strains that help alleviate debilitating symptoms.

In an email, the Facebook media relations office declined to answer questions, and referred NJ Advance Media to the community standards section on its homepage.

Officials from Breakwater Wellness and Treatment Center in Cranbury andCompassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center in Bellmawr said their home pages were shut down Tuesday. When they tried to use their home page, they found an electronic message that said: "We remove any promotion or encouragement of drug use." 

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