MANTIS Makes List Of Top 100 Largest Digital Networks In The US

CALIFORNIA: Cannabis-friendly marketing platform MANTIS Ad Network announced that it is now one of the top 100 largest digital networks in the US, per Quantcast.

According to company sources, MANTIS web properties generated more than 526M page views and reached over 32M visitors in the month of July, an increase of over 1200% and 160%, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

Traditional, mainstream advertising platforms such as Google and Facebook have taken a cold-shoulder approach to companies focused on the legal cannabis industry, forcing brands to get creative and try alternative advertising avenues like MANTIS.

“With MANTIS, we can fully express the true nature of our products, which gives us the power to directly brand ourselves to a wide variety of potential customers that fit our target audience. The platform is incredibly user-friendly and allows us to generate valuable traffic to our website which has ultimately led to a high level of conversions. I’d absolutely recommend other companies in the niche give MANTIS a try; it’s a no-brainer if you ask us.” – Greg Gaston, VaporNation


A Former Facebook Exec Just Got A Big Boost In His Effort To Legalize Marijuana In California

CALIFORNIA: Efforts to legalize marijuana in California got a boost this week after competing ballot measures joined forces behind the stronger of the two, backed by billionaire Sean Parker, a former president of Facebook.

The initiative has the support of Democratic Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform.

Coalition board member Antonio Gonzalez, who is also president of the Latino Voters League, said the coalition withdrew its rival initiative after Parker’s measure was modified to protect children, workers and small businesses.


Marijuana And Social Media: #YouCantPostThat

WASHINGTON:  If you follow us on Facebook, you probably know about our ongoing saga with the social media giant over its having banned our promoting our page or our posts. Why is Facebook blocking us from promoting content from the Canna Law Blog on its pages? According to the Facebook Advertising Guidelines, and from what we have been told by Facebook representatives via email, “ads may not promote or facilitate the sale or consumption of illegal or recreational drugs, tobacco products, or drug or tobacco paraphernalia.” But neither Canna Law Blog nor our Facebook page has ever promoted or facilitated the sale or consumption of marijuana. In fact, we studiously delete and ban anyone who tries to use our Facebook page as a forum for selling anything, including marijuana. Our only goal is to educate our readers and stimulate discussion about marijuana, marijuana laws, marijuana business, and marijuana legalization.  We do not and will not ever tell anyone to consume as that would be as presumptuous as telling someone that they cannot consume.

In other words, we advocate for the freedom of adults to choose for themselves. That’s all.

Facebook’s blanket anti-drug policy impacts our ability to exercise our political speech rights and that frustrates us (and our readers) on a daily basis.

What about other forms of social media? Is the rest of the Internet equally puritanical when it comes to talking about marijuana? Unfortunately, the answer appears to be yes. For example, in 2013, Instagram banned #weed from its site and it continues to shut down accounts that show cannabis images, whether for medicinal or recreational use, even in those states with legal marijuana. Every day, marijuana political speech is curtailed by social media’s aggressive anti-cannabis speech restrictions.