After fighting the legal industry for almost a year, Facebook is considering relaxing its cannabis policy.
During a recent internal presentation hosted by Facebook, the world's largest social networking platform said it was starting to reconsider the way it treats companies operating in the cannabis industry. Currently, these companies, including those operating in a regulated market, are not allowed to market or sell their products on Facebook.
Although the social network has previously claimed it was to make sure it doesn't facilitate the sale of narcotics in places where drugs are still illegal, things could change.
"Our current policies do not allow the sale of marijuana on the platform, according to the presentation of Facebook, as reported the Telegraph. “We want to see if we can relax this restriction, especially when it comes to medical, legal and store marijuana. "
Facebook has reportedly set up a task force to examine how to enforce the different rules on cannabis according to states and laws. The group has yet to formulate any formal plans or recommendations for policy change.
“Since marijuana faces different legal and social restrictions around the world, this can be an operational challenge for us,” said an employee during the presentation. “We could face regional pushback in parts of the world where the law or society takes a dim view of the plant. "
If Facebook relaxed its policy, the change would still be limited in scope. Companies would be allowed to post product messages and provide customers with purchasing information, but they still could not place advertisements for cannabis-related products. Facebook will also consider placing an age limit on all linked content, similar to what you might find on a website.
So who knows, maybe one day Facebook won't be so bad after all ...