Oklahoma Dispensaries Sue Facebook Over Practice Of ‘Jailing’ Legal Cannabis Business Pages

Seven medical dispensaries have filed suit against the social giant

The owners of seven medical marijuana dispensaries in Oklahoma have sued Facebook over allegations that the social media website is “subjectively” putting them in “Facebook jail” when they post about their businesses.

Ye Olde Apothecary Shoppe and its owner, Danna Malone, initially sued Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and executive team member Peter Thiel in Tulsa County District Court in May; six other dispensaries were added as plaintiffs July 18. The petition, which alleges discrimination and was filed pro se, says the businesses use platforms such as Facebook to build their brands and make contact with customers. It says Facebook has “a pattern of targeting the Oklahoma medical marijuana industry.”

The other plaintiffs are Flowercraft Co. of Tulsa and Coweta and owner Shawn Jenkins; The Greens Bakery of Tulsa and owner Monica Green; Tribal Nations CBD Outlet and owner Paul Gossett, who has stores in Claremore and Vinita; Stoned 4 Survival and owners Sherri and Donny Taylor of Grant; Top Shelf Growers Inc., a Claremore business owned by Rachel and Nathaniel Duggan; and Cannabis Island, whose owner, Samantha Ditata, operates in Del City.

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