By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey
Social media giant Facebook continues to shut down the pages of state-legal cannabis retailers across the country,Marijuana Business Daily has learned.
More than 20 dispensaries and recreational shops in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey and Washington State have had their pages shut down over the past week or so.
Those are just the ones Marijuana Business Daily has been able to confirm, so the actual number could be much higher.
Several of the closures were first reported earlier this week by NJ.com, but more retailers have been kicked off Facebook since then.
It’s unclear if this is the start of a widespread crackdown or a smaller-scale, more targeted move. It’s also not clear if Facebook is only targeting retailers or other types of marijuana-related businesses as well.
A phone call and email to Facebook headquarters were not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.
Susan Soares has written for Cannabis Now Magazine, Alternet, and Sensi Magazine.