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Facebook and Google won’t sell ads for legal weed


Marijuana is currently legal for recreational use in the states of Washington and Colorado, with Colorado having just opened its first cannabis shops this month. Google and Facebook dont plan on changing their policies barring the promotion of weed use, even in places where its legal. According to GigaOm, the National Cannabis Industry Association, a trade group that lobbies for weed-related businesses in Washington, claims that it attempted to pay Facebook to promote stories covering marijuana but the site refused since its policy doesnt allow it. Facebook told The Verge that, while it is willing to place ads that promote marijuana advocacy or legalization, the risk in running ads that promote the sale and use of the drug itself is too high (no pun intended) for us to consider at this time. A Facebook representative did say that the company is always reviewing its policy decisions, but doesnt anticipate this matter being addressed in the next few months.

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