Well, it has been a busy 2016 and some time since my last post! Where did this year go?
Typically, I do most of my daily interaction with folks on Facebook and don't have much time to post here, it is just much easier to link great articles and resources via Facebook in a click and I have really never been much of a "blogger". I have met so many great people over the last 3 years via that platform, from Australia, to South Africa to Great Britain to the United States, people from all walks, many of which were in the midst of life changing events.
So it is with great sadness I report that Facebook deleted my 3 year old page with 18k followers for "promotion of drug usage". The site reported on hemp and cannabis related news, not marijuana related topics and was obviously not a marijuana promotion site. If I linked out to a marijuana story, it was a medical story.
You do not get a human being to talk to unfortunately when this happens. Facebook simply flag your page, and offer you an appeal button. If you hit the appeal button and they deny it, they delete your page.
Facebook does not tell you what specific content they object to so that you can remove it or work with them, and you cannot talk to a human being to appeal something rationally.
In Facebooks case, drug can also mean pharmaceutical so it is hard to say what they object to with hemp oil; if it is the term "cannabis" or the term "CBD".
I will be launching a new page as time permits shortly and am sad to have lost this link for folks to easily reach me with. I am simply not active on Twitter or Google+ with any regularity and Facebook worked well for me as a contact and a fantastic way link information about hemp and associated cannabis issues.
It is sad, that the term "Cannabis" has been tainted to only represent illicit Marijuana, and corrupted into something that has a stigma attached to it. If my page had been titled "Hemp Oil for Sale" instead of "Cannabis Oil for Sale", it would likely not have been flagged.