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The Purge Continues: Cannabis vs. Media

The Purge Continues: Cannabis Censorship in Media

Free speech, a cornerstone of our modern day society is almost always under attack. Add Cannabis to the mix, and we have what I like to call: ACTUAL Sh*t hitting the fan. Despite its inherent importance, it seems that, Free Speech must defend its self against those that would see it destroyed. Censorship, which is the opposite of free speech, is always lurking in the corners. While of course the level and content of censorship play a major role. Today we talk about a type of censorship that many people may not realize, or understand the impact of.

In today’s modern world, Marijuana, as a health supplement, and medicinal herb, has been gaining a great deal of attention, and for good reasons. It seems almost every week a study or other related research comes out detailing the health benefits of cannabis use. State after state here in the U.S is legalizing cannabis. While marijuana is still federally illegal, there is a great deal of wiggle room when it comes to state rights. However, as we are seeing more and more, cannabis-related content being censored all over the web, from those you’d perhaps expect, and others you would not.

The Culprits

    So now that we have established this idea of censorship, and an attack on freedom of speech, who are the culprits? It may surprise you. From government entities to local agencies, it seems like there are so many threats to freedom of speech and thought. Even in places where we feel safe, where it is assumed that our freedom of speech is protected. Large companies parade themselves as bastions of moral freedom and often times seem to be above the laws of the land. However there are darker sides to these companies, as there typically is with all things, and a some of that darkness has started to rear its ugly head in the form of censorship of customers. Today, two of the biggest culprits of cannabis-related censorship is FaceBook and YouTube. Over the past few years, time and time again does Facebook and YouTube censor and remove content that is related to cannabis, and are otherwise following all rules and policies. It seems that the only reason this content is being censored, even where its legal, is an unsaid bias towards the cannabis industry. So what is the problem here? Why are companies and networks who stand up for free speech, censoring its users? Much of the conflict revolves around the legality of cannabis itself, which we will get into next. 

The Problem

 So what if these companies remove content that they do not dream appropriate? Well, it is when you are in this territory that you approach a fine line. For example, lets consider this situation. You have a Cannabis Dispensary, loathed in California that is owned and operated in accordance with all state laws. Despite this, everything that they do is still illegal for the federal government has yet to reschedule cannabis. What then, is an international company like Facebook supposed to do when the person posting something about their legal cannabis, appears in a place where cannabis is illegal? Who suffers the blame? Typically not the individual, but the company. So then what are they to do? Avoid the situation entirely. Cannabis is simply too controversial to be handled on such a massive scale. As long as cannabis is illegal on a federal scale, allowing users to show it, is a constant liability. While it may not always be reflected specifically in the terms of use that anything cannabis related will not be allowed, it is heavily implied. The problem surrounding marijuana content and censorship, is that the way it is enforced, is currently so lackluster and unfair that the rules may not be clear and vary between companies and individuals. It seems that it is a web of rules and regulations, one that catches many a cannabis content. 

The Solution

  Unfortunately, and we are being honest here, there is not much that one can do. However, the thing you can do can prove to be very effective. Participating in cannabis-related politics, is a good way to help encourage change, allowing for  more freedom on social media.  It seems that currently not all content with us being removed, just the heavy offenders, who are breaking other rules as well. While there may not be many options, and the ones that are available are touch paths, there is, of course, hope that things will begin to change for the better.

 

6 Comments
  • jamie
    Posted at 09:29h, 11 July Reply

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