Also Unacceptable: Images of Lox or Barbecue Pits


At The Huffington Post, Ryan Grim reports that Facebook, after initially accepting ads from Just Say Now, the marijuana legalization campaign, has decided they violate its ban on "smoking products" because they feature an image of Cannabis sativa. "The image of a pot leaf is classified with all smoking products and therefore is not acceptable under our policies," a Facebook spokesman informed the group. Grim notes that "Facebook's ad rules…only ban promotion of 'tobacco products,' not smoking in general," and adds:

Since the 1970s, shops selling marijuana paraphernalia have sought ways around the law by disingenuously claiming their products are "for tobacco use only." The Just Say Now campaign is arguing the exact opposite: No, really, it's for marijuana, not tobacco.

I noted the launch of Just Say Now a few weeks ago.