Does big pharma control the internet?
Recently we launched a CBD tincture oil derived from Colorado grown industrial hemp, that we are trying to sell online. It is 100% legal in all 50 states as a result of section 7606 of the Agricultural act of 2014.
It is still being studied by the FDA, but people have seen some real improvements in their lives with these products. Because it is not finished being evaluated by the FDA, it is still considered a dietary supplement and we are not allowed to advertise its use to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. Doing that does not bother us, because we live in the information age and people can do their own research.
What we do have a problem with is, the biggest internet monopolies are stopping people from having safe access to this oil.
o Rich Hemp Oil containing concentrated cannabidiol (CBD). Hemp seed oil and hemp oil supplements are permitted
Ebay sent us this email as a result of a listing we had up.
After reviewing your account, we've had to take the following action:
- Some or all of your listings may have been removed. A list of any removed items will be listed further down in this email.
- We have credited all associated fees except for the final value fee for your listing(s).
You listed a product containing cannabidiol (CBD). Due to varying regulations around the world, we've made the decision to prohibit all consumable products made from cannabis. While we appreciate that you chose to utilize our site, we must ask that you please not relist in this case..
Facebook after we tried paid advertising to our shopify store
Your ad wasn't approved because its content is illegal or otherwise not allowed by our Advertising Policies.
Their advertising policy…
5. Drugs & Drug-Related Products
Ads must not promote the sale or use of illegal, prescription, or recreational drugs.
Drug rehabilitation programs and support groups
Drug-related paraphernalia, such as bongs, rolling papers, and vaporized delivery devices
We appealed and received this message.
Thanks for writing in.
Your ad wasn't approved because the image used in the ad promotes the use or sale of illegal drugs. Such ads violate local laws, rules, or regulations, and we have zero tolerance towards such ads. This policy applies even if your ad is targeted to the an 18+ age group.
This decision is final and we may not respond to additional inquiries about this ad.
I responded with no additional response from them. The image is a bottle of cbd oil
Then after having our shopify page online a few days, we receive this email from them.
Sean from the Risk Operations Team.
We value your business at Shopify but upon review of your account it appears you may be selling a product we can't support on the Shopify Payments Gateway and Apple Pay. Due to the terms of agreement with our banking partners, we are unfortunately unable to accept payments for CBD products, as outlined in Section B.5 of the Shopify Payments Terms of Service: https://www.shopify.com/admin/shopify-payments/terms
Regrettably, This means we'll also need to disable Apple Pay on your account. For Apple's Acceptable Use Policy, please visit the following link:
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will pay out any current balance to your bank account and you can continue to use Shopify, but you will need to change to a different payment gateway in order to support your product/service type.
The current list of companies that have issues with a product that has the potential to help millions with negligible side effects now stands at: Amazon, Ebay, Facebook, Shopify, and Applepay.
I ask you, does big pharma control the internet?