While cannabis may now be legal in Oregon, posting pictures of it on Instagram can lead to the account being suspended, a real problem for the dispensaries that use that social media platform to advertise their products. Willamette Week says:
Small businesses depend on cheap advertising. From word of mouth to social media, cannabis dispensaries all over Oregon use Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to show their products and interact with customers and patients.
Unfortunately, Instagram won’t stop deleting their accounts.
It’s become a routine hassle for Oregon’s legal cannabis industry. They wake up one morning to find the following they’ve been building for months has been destroyed and they’ll never get much of an answer why.
The article shares several examples of recent account closures and points to the capricious nature of the actions by Instagram. The author notes that Facebook and Twitter allow similar posts, and he points to MassRoots, a closed community of cannabis connoisseurs, as a good potential alternative.
Read Tyler Hurst’s “Instagram Won’t Stop Deleting Cannabis Dispensary’s Accounts”: http://www.wweek.com/2015/11/12/instagram-wont-stop-deleting-cannabis-dispensarys-accounts/