WAMC RADIO: MEDICAL MARIJUANA COMPANY CALLS ON GOOGLE TO ACCEPT ITS ADS

One of New York’s medical marijuana dispensaries is calling on Google to accept its ads. In addition, the company’s CEO accuses the global search engine of retaliation.

Vireo Health of New York CEO Ari Hoffnung last week called on Google to stop rejecting its medical cannabis ads. Hoffnung says Google AdWords, however, did accept two ads several weeks ago that did not use the terms medical cannabis or medical marijuana, yet now those have been rejected as well.

“We received what seems to be an automated email on Friday afternoon at about 4 p.m. stating that our ads have now been rejected and that Google prohibits the promotion of recreational marijuana, which is just a baffling reason to disapprove our ads,” says Hoffnung.

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