Article by Amanda Siebert, Straight Cannabis
‘This video is no longer available because the YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated.’
Imagine seeing that frustrating prompt on videos you’ve hosted on your channel for several years, perhaps even a decade, without notice—or worse, that your channel and the hundreds of hours worth of video content you’ve uploaded have been completely removed.
It’s a cold reality cannabis vloggers and content creators are facing as a recent crackdown on weed-related material slowly decimates channels while disappointing their subscribers.
Several popular cannabis channels including UrbanRemo, Greenbox Grown, Green Flower Media, JorgeCervantes, Mernahuana, and others have been terminated with no explanation from YouTube—and, of course, no opportunity for recourse.
Others, like PotTV, have been lucky enough to keep their channels, but have seen certain videos removed.
According to a report by Herb, YouTube’s apparent purge on cannabis content began in early 2018.
Sources in that story say certain channels were receiving an unusually large number of strikes against their videos resulting in restrictions that included demonetization, blocks on uploading new content, or worse, the termination of entire accounts, in some cases, without any warning.
YouTube’s policy on harmful or dangerous content states that videos considered “to encourage dangerous or illegal activities including bomb making, choking games, hard drug use, or other acts” will not be permitted. However, the policy goes onto say that if a video depicting a “dangerous act” is educational, scientific, or artistic, it may be allowed.
Most of the videos that have been deleted are home-growing tutorials, informative videos about the herb’s medical applications, and forays into the nuances of cannabis and its use—hardly depicting “dangerous” activities or hard drug use, though the question of legality is one that has some activists wondering if there is more to the story.