Facebook suspended Trulieve’s company page of the Constitutionally protected, State of Florida licensed Medical Marijuana Treatment Center. This most recent action of Facebook against severely debilitated medical marijuana patients comes at a time when more patients are enrolling than any other state in history. The most recent update by the Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use shows the number of MMJ patients in Florida is closing in on 100,000. Facebook has a long history of being against medical marijuana despite an overwhelming majority of its users supporting the issue.
Trulieve is Florida’s number one dispensary and had an exponentially larger following of any other MMTC in the Sunshine State. When the Facebook page of Trulieve was suspended, there were nearly 11,000 patients that depending on that page to receive updates and important information about advocacy. Suspending a page on Facebook means that the page is unpublished and can no longer be seen, or interacted with in any capacity. Over the weekend reports about the page being inaccessible began to pour in all over social media in Facebook groups, Instagram pages, Twitter profiles, Snapchat and more. Trulieve issued a statement on there other digital outlets that the page had been suspended.
Immediately patients and advocates began to speculate why this happened. For some background on why this was removed, it happens to cannabis companies around the world all the time, and 9 times out of 10 it is due to people reporting the page as one selling illegal guns, or drugs. People behind these types of actions are more likely than not, involved in the cannabis industry and have an ax to grind. This is not always the case, although it is highly likely given the charged situation in Florida.