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Apparently The Strict Facebook Rules Concerning Marijuana Do Not Apply in England

There are very strict Facebook rules concerning how marijuana can be portrayed on pages and in posts. Facebook will be quick to shutdown pages that are urging the use of marijuana or the sale of cannabis. Even in recreational weed states like Alaska, Facebook pages of dispensaries have been shutdown for not walking the fine line laid out by Facebook.

However, in England the strict Facebook rules that apply here in the U.S. are more relaxed apparently. In fact, seeds of a number of different strains were sold through Facebook recently. Not only were they sold, but the posts provided detailed growing instructions and how much recreational marijuana the growers could expect. The pages have since been shutdown, but how does Facebook restrict recreational marijuana pages that are really about education here in the U.S., just to allow cannabis seeds to be sold in England?

Facebook has been condemned by campaigners after cannabis seeds were openly sold on its site. The seeds, sold through the site by dealers, could be used to produce hundreds of pounds’ worth of the illegal drug. (Above, one of the ads on the site)

Facebook has been condemned by campaigners after cannabis seeds were openly sold on its site. The seeds, sold through the site by dealers, could be used to produce hundreds of pounds’ worth of the illegal drug. (Above, one of the ads on the site)

Batches of the seeds costing up to £95 were brazenly advertised with varieties including ‘lemon haze’ and ‘double bubble’

In a legal loophole, it is not against the law to sell or buy cannabis seeds in Britain but it is illegal to use the seeds to grow a plant or to sell any article believed to be used to prepare a controlled drug.

Despite this, Facebook users were offered detailed advice about how many weeks the plant takes to flower, how much yield it will produce and even an insight into its ‘effect’.

Cannabis is a Class B drug and its use has been linked to mental illness, organised crime and violence.

Facebook removed the pages selling cannabis seeds after being contacted by The Mail on Sunday.

A spokesman said: ‘Goods that we determine are illegal have no place on Facebook and are strictly prohibited on the platform.’

Last night, Mary Brett, chair of campaign group Cannabis Skunk Sense, said: ‘I have never understood why the sale and possession of cannabis seeds has not been made illegal.

‘Why on earth are people going to buy cannabis seeds if they’re not going to grow the stuff?’

There were 39 different varieties of cannabis seeds advertised for sale through the Marijuana Seed Shop Facebook page.

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