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Facebook takes down pages of some legal Alaska pot shops

James Barrett, a co-owner of Rainforest Farms, poses in his retail marijuana shop in Juneau, Alaska. Barrett hopes for greater clarity from Facebook when it comes to allowable cannabis-related posts, after the social media giant shut down pages set up by several businesses licensed to legally sell marijuana in Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Facebook has shut down pages set up by several businesses licensed to legally sell marijuana in Alaska, severing what some shop owners consider a critical link to their customers.

The social media giant said its standards describe what users can post, and content promoting marijuana sales isn't allowed. The issue has popped up over the last few years in states that have legalized recreational and medical pot, often coming in waves, industry officials said.

Cary Carrigan, executive director of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association, said the industry has been forced to fight the same battles repeatedly as marijuana gains broader acceptance nationally.

The drug is legal for recreational use in eight states, but it remains illegal on the federal level. It wasn't clear why the crackdown in Alaska happened within the past couple...


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