Social Media

New York Stooges – New York’s Cannabis Industry is Such a ClusterFudge, Gov. Hochul is Blaming Google and Yelp

May 14, 2024 · Cannabis.net

New York's move into the legal cannabis market has encountered major obstacles, as shown by the internal assessment that was released on Friday. The review revealed a long chain of errors in the state's Office of Cannabis Management (OCM), which was blamed mostly on the leadership with insufficient experience. The OCM was not seen as a mature governmental entity but rather as a startup with a "mission-driven" approach, resulting in many problems. The most prominent issues surfaced were the constant modifications… Read more.

Colorado Bill Banning Social Media MJ, Drug Posts Raises Constitutional Concerns

April 3, 2024 · High Times

Since states across the country first began legalizing cannabis, the ability for cannabis-related businesses to advertise on social media — or even mention or show cannabis products — has remained a contentious issue.  Many platforms will quickly remove cannabis business accounts once they catch wind of their content, leaving professionals with limited access to their audience and ultimately having to jump through hurdles like self-censorship to maintain their accounts. Some have also questioned if the consistent censorship surrounding cannabis and other drug… Read more.

Colorado Amendment Addresses Concerns On Banning Social Media Marijuana Posts, But Questions On Psychedelics And Other Drugs Remain

March 31, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Colorado lawmakers advanced an amended social media bill on Thursday that, as introduced, would have forced platforms to ban users for talking positively about marijuana online. But while the sponsor says the issue has now been “worked out” with recent changes, critics contend the revised legislation still fails to address concerns around statements regarding other substances, including state-legal psychedelics, certain hemp products and even some over-the-counter cough syrups. The bill, SB24-158—a broad proposal concerning internet age verification and content policies—would… Read more.

How is the US Government Studying the Health Benefits of Cannabis? Your Instagram and Facebook Posts, No Joke!

February 27, 2024 · Cannabis.net

New FDA Report Shows Marijuana Rescheduling May Come Down to Your Social Media Posts about Weed! Marijuana Moment reported a piece on FDA research that you thought was from The Onion. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is drawing attention to its scientific examination of marijuana, which prompted the agency to propose rescheduling. This involved a thorough analysis of research findings, as well as the examination of numerous social media posts to understand how consumers perceive the therapeutic effects of cannabis. Wait,… Read more.

Meta Allows CBD Advertising

July 16, 2023 · MG Magazine

Hemp and CBD product manufacturers and sellers are blocked from three fewer advertising channels after Meta Platforms Inc.—parent company of social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, and Threads—updated its advertising policies. But don’t get too excited. Significant restrictions still apply. Under the new policy, advertisers need written permission from Meta to promote or sell noningestible CBD products that contain less than 0.3 percent THC. Products containing more THC than allowed under federal law, those with psychoactive properties (i.e., delta-8), and ingestibles (edibles, tinctures, capsules,… Read more.

Twitch Bans Cannabis Product Advertising Despite Allowing Alcohol Ads

June 23, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Cannabis companies cannot buy advertising or otherwise sponsor streamers on the popular online streaming platform Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, after the company updated its branding policies earlier this month. Notably, Twitch’s new branded content policy does allow for the promotion of alcohol products but they must be “marked as mature content” on the platform. Twitch does allow users to consume cannabis on-stream so long as the person streaming is of-age and located in a place where cannabis has been legalized… Read more.

Amazon-Owned Twitch Bans Streamers From Promoting Marijuana But Allows Alcohol Branding In Policy Update

June 10, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Video game streaming company Twitch has updated its branding policy for streamers, prohibiting promotions of marijuana businesses and products while explicitly allowing alcohol partnerships. While the Amazon-owned livestreaming hub reversed course on other unrelated aspects of new branding policy changes rolled out this week after facing significant pushback from the gaming community, it’s currently maintaining the cannabis ban. The branded content policy covers product placements, endorsements, sponsored gameplay, paid unboxing and branded channels. Under a list of prohibited branding deals,… Read more.

Navigating the Weird World of Cannabis Social Media

May 30, 2023 · MGMagazine

Brands rely heavily on social media to raise awareness. With relatively low overhead costs and the potential for considerable reach, a robust social media strategy is crucial for sustainable growth. Compound that with the fact that nearly half of industry operators have an annual marketing budget of less than $50,000, it’s clear social media is a must. But the relationship between cannabis and social media is fraught, filled with drama and intrigue at every twist and turn. Things seem to evolve… Read more.

Marijuana advertisers face hurdles with Twitter’s newest ad policies

May 23, 2023 ·

Twitter might have further eased its rules for cannabis advertising, but the changes don’t seem to have made it any easier for marijuana businesses to take advantage of the social media platform’s wide reach. Regulatory red tape, Twitter’s unfamiliarity with the cannabis industry and cost are among the continued stumbling blocks. For example, Twitter requires advertisers to be a Twitter Blue or Verified Organization subscriber, which adds a blue check mark to their accounts. But it costs $1,000 a month… Read more.

Afroman Sued By Police For Using Raid Footage In Music Videos, Social Media

March 23, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Seven police officers with the Adams County Sheriff’s Department in Ohio are suing the rapper Afroman, legal name Joseph Foreman, over his use of home security footage from a raid they carried out at his house last September, FOX19 reports. The plaintiffs claim that Afroman has illegally profited off footage that shows their faces without consent in music videos and to generate social media engagement, which has resulted in “emotional distress, embarrassment, ridicule, loss of reputation and humiliation.” The lawsuit claims the plaintiffs are… Read more.

Marijuana companies wade into Twitter advertising with mixed success

March 23, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

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It didn’t take long for the first marijuana advertisements on Twitter to get shut down. On the first day the social media platform accepted cannabis ads in February, Hemper Co. Chief Marketing Officer Angel Ferrer set up an account and posted an ad for the Las Vegas-based company’s subscription boxes filled with a variety of cannabis accessories. Twitter disabled the account three hours later. “I wasn’t running anything that I thought should have been disabled,” said Ferrer, whose company sells… Read more.