Interest in hemp has peaked over the years, though there are still concerns about restrictive access in some parts of the social divide. Research scientists have since proven that there’s so much more to hemp than we give it credit for. Given that a lot of legal jurisdictions have recently been changing their hardline stand on hemp and marijuana products, this creates a new discussion on the level and nature of restrictions that authority networks have.
Take the case of Facebook, for example. Facebook has been one of the key pillars of society as we know it, ever since it started growing in leaps and bounds. Facebook is an influential part of the society, and this was proven in the effect that the social media had on many electoral processes all over the world. Therefore, when Facebook shut down the social media pages of companies that deal with hemp-infused oil products, this raised questions on their stand, and what they want the society to think about hemp.
According to Facebook, the hemp businesses were in violation of their policies against the promotion of prescription pharmaceuticals. This censorship has hurt a lot of legitimate businesses. One of them was Joy Organics, whose page was shut down while they were in the process of launching a new line of skincare products.
While most of the affected companies were left baffled, Facebook, later on, admitted that the censorship was indeed a mistake. According to an email that was sent to the affected companies, Facebook admitted that they had removed pages built around CBD oil and hemp, which were not in violation of their policies. They also offered assurances that they were working on a way to get the pages up and running.
Federal Farm Bill
What has left a lot of people puzzled by Facebook’s action was the fact that the production of hemp was legalized by the new federal Farm Bill that was approved in December. The products from Joy Organics are made from cannabidiol oil, which is derived from hemp. Hemp is one of the plants of the cannabis family, but it has trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol which is responsible for giving users a high, or the psychoactive ingredient that’s present in marijuana.
The trials and tribulations of Facebook aside, the Farm Bill came as a welcome gift to companies and brands that deal with hemp, given that it bestowed an element of safety and legitimacy over the hemp business. This bill was a sign that the federal government had seen sense in the reports that scientists had been pushing forward for years, regarding the adoption of hemp and hemp-based products, and the good that they can do to the society as alternative treatments.
This is, however, not the first time that Facebook has done this. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, has also suspended the accounts of a number of marijuana dispensaries. According to Instagram, these accounts were acting in violation of the company’s policies against offering prescription or illegal drugs, even when those drugs are legal in their local jurisdictions.