‘Marijuana’ Searches on Twitter Now Come With a Warning

Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op

Alcohol searches do not inspire the same advisories. By Angela Stelmakowich The warning directs users who are having problems to SAMHSA’s help line and website. / Photo: AndreyPopov / iStock / Getty Images Plus

It seems the playing field between alcohol and weed is once again uneven, at least in the U.S., this time thanks to Twitter contributing to an imbalance that some argue is inconsistent with the facts.

While a Twitter search for vodka displays several different vodka companies and brands, a search for “marijuana” or certain other substance-related keywords produces a decidedly different result above relevant tweets: a warning, according to U.S.-based Marijuana Moment.

The warning directs users who are having problems to a helpline.

While searches for “marijuana,” “cocaine” and “heroin” cause the warning to pop up, Marijuana Moment reports, the same cannot be said when searching such items as “cannabis,” “LSD,” “MDMA,” “psilocybin” and “pills”.

To be clear, the vodka companies topping the list do have their own messages, albeit less ominous-sounding. For example, Absolut notes “Only for adults above legal drinking age. Please don’t share with anyone under legal drink age. Always Enjoy Responsibly”, while Belvedere Vodka states “must be legal drinking age to follow us. Enjoy drinking responsibly.”

The difference in both message and tone may have something to do with Twitter partnering with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Marijuana Moment reports.

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