Lexington Herald-Leader: Facebook shuts down hemp pages just days after Trump signs Farm Bill

Lexington Herald-Leader: Facebook shuts down hemp pages just days after Trump signs Farm Bill. “Hemp is booming in Kentucky and elsewhere but still struggling on social media. On Dec. 20, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill to legalize hemp, but Facebook apparently didn’t get the memo.”

Fortune: Dealers Are Using Social Media to Sell Illegal Drugs — And Getting Away With It

Fortune: Dealers Are Using Social Media to Sell Illegal Drugs — And Getting Away With It. “The social platforms can’t keep up with their own algorithms, which actively promote the problematic content once users express interest by following a drug dealer or liking a drug-related image, according to the report. The system is meant to advertise accounts and provide new content personalized to the user’s interests, but this can backfire when the interests are illegal.”

TechCrunch: Facebook cracks down on opioid dealers after years of neglect

TechCrunch: Facebook cracks down on opioid dealers after years of neglect . “Facebook’s role in the opioid crisis could become another scandal following yesterday’s release of harrowing new statistics from the Center for Disease Control. It estimated there were nearly 30,000 synthetic opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2017, up from roughly 20,000 the year before. When recreational drugs like Xanax and OxyContin are adulterated with the more powerful synthetic opioid Fentanyl, the misdosage can prove fatal. Xanax, OxyContin and other pain killers are often bought online, with dealers promoting themselves on social media including Facebook.”

Vice: Drug Dealers on Facebook Are Targeting People With Addiction

Vice: Drug Dealers on Facebook Are Targeting People With Addiction. “Last year, the US government celebrated the takedown of darknet (the underground and far less traceable version of the web) drug sales site AlphaBay. It was an effort the FBI described as ‘one of the most sophisticated and coordinated efforts to date on the part of law enforcement across the globe.’ Attorney General Jeff Sessions has pledged to include concentrated efforts related to online drug sales in his controversial, renewed war on drugs. But online drug sales are now springing up in a much less covert, and far more surprising, forum: Facebook.”

BBC News: How WhatsApp has helped heroin become Mozambique’s second biggest export

BBC News: How WhatsApp has helped heroin become Mozambique’s second biggest export. “As many as 40 tonnes of heroin could be passing through Mozambique every year, making it the country’s second biggest export, in a trade that is boosted by the use of mobile phone apps, writes Mozambique analyst Joseph Hanlon.”

The Georgia Straight: Move the Movement builds a healing database of cannabis experiences

The Georgia Straight: Move the Movement builds a healing database of cannabis experiences. “‘Each and every person who has found relief in cannabis has a part to play in this movement,’ says Bianca, a 33-year-old single mom living in North Vancouver. ‘It can be as simple and as powerful as just sharing your story.’ Bianca is sitting on a couch in her local dispensary, Weeds (on Marine Drive), to talk about how she became one of the faces of Move the Movement (MTM)—a Vancouver-based nonprofit society building a digital database of patient experiences with cannabis.”

Civilized: This New Website Tells You Where Every Politician Stands on Marijuana

Civilized: This New Website Tells You Where Every Politician Stands on Marijuana. “The Cannabis Voter Project is a website that helps track the marijuana views of members of Congress as well as governors for every state. All you have to do is click on the state you’re interested in and it will show you all of the elected officials from that state and what their stances are on marijuana. For members of Congress, it shows how the politician voted on cannabis-related bills and for governors it shows both their statements about marijuana as well as legislation related to the issue.”