Should Facebook Be More Supportive Of Legalizing Pot?

Two Facebook co-founders have made significant contributions to support marijuana legalization in California, an issue which is up for vote on the 2010 ballot.

Pot LeavesTwo Facebook co-founders have made significant contributions to support marijuana legalization in California, an issue which is up for vote on the 2010 ballot. While it has become increasingly unlikely that the movement will gain widespread support, there is increasing coverage suggesting that Facebook is at fault for banning advertisements related to the movement.

While one recent article suggests the issue was the use of the pot leaf in advertisements, it’s not how much push back Facebook is giving to organizations supporting the issue. The Just Say Now page, which is dedicated to sharing articles related to the legalization of marijuana, has been growing by a few hundred people a day, now surpassing 18,000 members.

Sean Parker, one of the early co-Founders, who also was covered heavily throughout The Social Network movie, has donated $100,000 to the cause, while Dustin Moskovitz, another co-founder, has donated $50,000. While Facebook is being criticized by some publications for not significantly enabling the promotion of the legalization of marijuana, from what we can tell, such promotions were only banned due to the inclusion of a pot leaf.

The Huffington Post however claims that the Libertarian Party has “been told that any pro-legalization ads run counter to the company’s policies”. Many publications are suggesting that the odds of legalization is becoming increasingly unlikely. Our only rationale is that most voters in favor of the movement will end up not voting, staying at home while singing “I was gonna head to the polls, but then I got high.”