Facebook blocks Mo. rep's post about medical marijuana

Missouri State Representative Shamed Dogan, a Republican from Ballwin, said Facebook blocked a post he made about a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Missouri. Credit: KMOV

Missouri State Representative Shamed Dogan says a recent posting about a medical marijuana bill was shut down by Facebook.

"They said it was because it was promoting the use of illegal drugs," the West County Republican said from his capitol office in Jefferson City.

Dogan took exception with the Facebook decision believing he was posting on the social media website's rules about advocating for issues. He says he got support on this from people on both sides of the political aisle.

In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson admits the ad from Dogan did not violate their policy and they apologized allowing the post.

Facebook's policy does not allow the promotion of the sale or use of marijuana.

The Missouri House recently passed a medical marijuana bill that is now before the Senate.

Dogan played a role in its passage by adding patients with epilepsy, HIV and PTSD to the proposed law.

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