Marijuana business accounts are being closed without warning on Instagram and Facebook


That sub title surprised me as I wrote it. Social media sites taking down profiles and accounts that belonged to businesses in the cannabis community? I mean surely since Colorado[1] has  not completed imploded or been smitten by God’s mighty hand for legalizing the benign flowery plant, the rest of the country is taking notice…right? Surely, the $109 million in tax revenue collected from January to December 2015 in Colorado from recreational marijuana use is something to pay attention to.  

This past weekend the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco. If you did not catch the game, you did not miss much. But at the end of the game, Bronco quarterback Payton Manning exclaimed to the world he was going to, “…drink a lot of Budweiser.” He was not paid to do it; he was just telling the world what he loves to do. He was just an old white man, standing in front of a world, telling us he loved – at best average beer – and asking us to still love him.

I guess what I am asking is, when are times going to change? And when will people be allowed to like what they like, in public, and be proud of liking whatever that is? That $109 million in tax revenue collected from recreational cannabis use in Colorado is a staggering number. Even more staggering is the very next number in this blog.  $42 million was collected in tax revenue from alcohol sales during that same time.

Marijuana based businesses should not feel totally discriminated against. They are not the only businesses under the gun – so to speak. Private gun sales are finally being targeted on the social media sites.  



[1] I am going to use Colorado as a sole example for this blog. To include California Medical Cannabis figures or metrics from Washington is just way more work than I really want to do.