By Susan K. Livio | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on February 03, 2016 at 3:47 PM, updated February 04, 2016 at 9:56 AM
3.8ksharesTRENTON — Medical marijuana is legal in 23 states including New Jersey, but the ubiquitous social media giant Facebook apparently doesn't "like" it. Home pages run by three Garden State dispensaries and at least handful of others across the country have been deleted.
The surprise move stunned dispensary owners and angered patients, who said Wednesday they rely on the up-to-the-minute information these sites provide about the latest strains that help alleviate debilitating symptoms.
"It seems high-handed to simply shut down important resources for sick patients without even saying why or giving organizations a way to ask for reconsideration," said Peter Rosenfeld, one of the 5,668 registered patients in the state program. "What better use of a social media than having sites where parents of sick children can ask questions about medication and treatments?"
In an email, the Facebook media relations office declined to answer questions, and referred NJ Advance Media to the community standards section on its homepage.
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Susan Soares has written for Cannabis Now Magazine, Alternet, and Sensi Magazine.