Twitter Will No Longer Make Drug Treatment Suggestions To Users Who Search For “Marijuana”

Twitter Will No Longer Make Drug Treatment Suggestions To Users Who Search For "Marijuana"!

It appears that Twitter has stopped a federal cooperation that suggested drug treatment to users who searched for certain drug-related keywords on the platform, such as “marijuana.” For “alcohol” related queries, no such suggestion had been presented. The feature, set to debut in 2020, has already stirred up controversy among activists who feel that the social media giant is sending the wrong message by implying that even a passing interest in Marijuana can be a sign of a more serious substance abuse issue.

For instance, it did not separate out queries for policy-related news or merchandise. This month, without warning, the feature that had been introduced in tandem with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was taken down. Twitter’s search feature may have been discontinued because its contract with SAMHSA had expired, or it may have been eliminated as part of Elon Musk‘s ongoing endeavor to streamline the site’s offerings.

Marijuana Moment attempted to contact Twitter for comment but was unable to reach a representative in a timely manner. To those in need, there is assistance. The preceding warning stated, “If you or someone you know is battling with substance use, you are not alone. People who needed assistance were referred to the SAMHSA hotline and resource center.

Supporters have complained that Twitter is singling out marijuana and other currently illegal drugs for these warnings while allowing alcohol search results to be displayed on the platform without a similar warning, even though promoting substance misuse treatment isn’t problematic in and of itself.

The SAMHSA treatment resources were highlighted for Twitter users who searched for “marijuana,” “cocaine,” and “heroin,” but users who searched for “Cannabis,” “LSD,” “MDMA,” “psilocybin,” “pills,” “Adderall,” and other drug-related terms did not receive a similar invitation to consider getting help.

Given that the head of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), under which SAMHSA operates, has been using Twitter in recent weeks to discuss federal marijuana policy, including more than one tweet posted at precisely 4:20 PM, it’s possible that SAMHSA actively sought to end the partnership. Inquiries to the SAMHSA were not met with an immediate response.

On the other hand, Musk has tweeted and otherwise participated in multiple discussions about legalizing marijuana. A federal inquiry into SpaceX’s “workplace safety” and “adherence to a drug-free environment” was launched after he was seen puffing a blunt during a podcast interview with Joe Rogan in 2018 (though he later claimed he hadn’t actually ingested any of the substance).

The following year, when Telsa stock reached $420, he tweeted “Whoa…the stock is so high lol” with a sobbing laughing emoji. Additionally, in 2018, he made an announcement that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) deemed “false and misleading” and that he was considering taking Tesla private at a share price of $420 without providing the proper disclosure to regulators.

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