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How Facebook Promotes The Call To Legalise Marijuana

by | 24th, August 2010

DO adverts to legalise marijuana tempt you to smoke a joint? Facebook had been carrying adverts for weed legalization group Just Say Now . The adverts were headed End the war on marijuana ”.

You might not have noticed them. But the Just Say Now ads have been banned . The ads are now free to air. And why were they banned? Well, here’s the reason:

The image in question was no longer acceptable for use in Facebook ads,” wrote Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes in an e-mail to Wired.com. “The image of a marijuana leaf is classified with all smoking products and therefore is not acceptable under our policies.”

A pot leaf need not be linked to smoking. You can bake the stuff and make it into a tincture. Or you can smoke it like David Cameron or Barack Obama . Had they have been arrested they would have earned criminal records. But they escaped. Not everyone is as lucky.

Says Just Say Now:

After our advertisements appeared over 38 million times on Facebook, the social network giant decided to pull the plug. Why? Because our logo contains a pot leaf. We’re fighting back against this censorship and standing up for marijuana legalization. Will you join us?

Jane Hamsher, the co-founder of the Firedoglake blog, says:

“We aren’t trying to sell people pot. This is a policy issue,” Hamsher told Wired.com, noting that more than 50 percent of inmates in the federal prison system were there on drug charges and that law-and-order types like former Reagan administration lawyer Bruce Fein support decriminalization. “The time is right for this and Facebook shutting this down is a real blow when we are trying to open up a conversation.”

She’s right. The drugs policy does not work. Anorak has been thinking of starting a campaign

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