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Marijuana: Mason Tvert can't pimp paperback deal on Facebook because book is about pot

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Mason Tvert.
In general, the Internet is a marijuana-friendly place -- but that doesn't mean every door is open to weed, as pot advocate Mason Tvert learned firsthand.

His publisher wanted to use Facebook to tout a special deal on his book Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? only to discover that the social-media giant wouldn't allow ads to support it.

Tvert, the man behind Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), and co-author of the tome with Steve Fox and Paul Armentano, explains via e-mail.

The book "just reached 500,000 fans on Facebook," he notes. "So to celebrate, our publisher" -- Chelsea Green Publishing -- "is offering copies for just $5.99. They wanted to promote this offer via Facebook, but Facebook is prohibiting them from posting FB ads about it. Their sole reason is that it pertains to marijuana. Yet Facebook always posts sample ads on our FB page offering us the opportunity to run an ad almost identical to the one rejected."

As proof, Tvert offers the following screen capture:

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A post announcing this development on the Marijuana Is Safer Facebook page ends with, "WTF? This won't be the last you hear about this..."

Coming from Tvert, that's not a threat. It's a promise.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana legalization: Mason Tvert touts initiative process openness, seeks more input."


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Dwaite1
Dwaite1

In canada using Medical Marijuana most often leads to homelessness..Cause no matter what there is the police states we live in and each province reads the charter of rights differently there fore you could lose your house because you are paying lawyers mortgage and most oftern rent on a different location, while you are shut out...Last part is directly related to Alberta and Alberta Health Services, who automatically shut down your house and forece you to prove that you have no health related issues in the house.That starts at a whooping 3200. and worse from there..It can cost more than $30,000 to prove u r innocent.

Guest
Guest

Facebook's advertising philosophies have been brought into question many times in the media. A story using a lobbyists' collateral to exemplify a tired and trite headline makes me think the two may be sitting for coffee as we speak.

anonymouse
anonymouse

It's going to cost at least a million to get signatures for the initiatives and run a campaign...think these things run all by themselves?

wtfk
wtfk

How about a few thousand volunteers, instead?

Getting Better
Getting Better

Why, No I don't. Legalize it. We're going to grow it anyway. I my own case, I hurt my back and neck in a fall, so I don't sleep well. Tossing left to right and back, all night. Pain pills make me ill, fuzzy headed, upset stomach . So I eat something before bed, and it helps me sleep, it doesn't put me out, as a pill does, but it helps. So now, I am 'addict', can't be hired, can't have a Concealed Carry Permit. But I could, if I used Methadone, I'd be a good citizen then. Who would of thought that 43 years after the 'Summer of Love', that pot could get you half a life, yet we sell beer at gas stations. Go figure.     

Robert
Robert

Now we know how Mason spends his time -- wrangling with the illiterates who run Facebook.

Chase on, Robert!
Chase on, Robert!

Coming from the guy who does nothing but troll on Westword's blog. LOL.

Robert
Robert

Hilarious!  At how many hearings have you testified?  Will you celebrate passage of HB11-1043, the Caregiver Registration Law tomorrow at Casselman's (yes, believe it or not, such an event is planned)?  Plan to speak against the CDPHE's draft rules which would make caregivers personal assistants on June 15?  Were you at the hearing before the Board of Health three years ago when the Department tried the same thing?

Maybe to people who are staying stoned and making lots of money off patients while hanging out with their friends, perhaps it does seem like I do nothing -- or maybe you should get out more.

Chase on, Robert!
Chase on, Robert!

Robert, you could testify at a thousand hearings and it wouldn't make a damn bit of difference. Politicians have tuned you out. Who can blame them? You've been the man yelling wolf through his bullhorn for so long.

Crazy is doing the same thing but expecting different results. Think about it, Robert. 

Some Woman
Some Woman

Don't you have a job or something?  Or does your mom not charge you rent to live in her basement?

Raphael Rolling
Raphael Rolling

Why do u ask? Doesn't your mom tuck u in anymore? What are u doing on this page if ur a little emo who cries themselves to sleep?

Some Woman
Some Woman

Hi Raphael!  Thanks for your reply!! Would you please post it again using words and ideas that make sense?  Thanks very much!

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