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Exclusive: Facebook stops blocking marijuana search results ahead of Canadian legalization

Less than a week ahead of the legalization of adult recreational marijuana sales in Canada, Facebook Inc. will end a months-long block on cannabis and related search results for pages on its platform, the company told MarketWatch ahead of the change Thursday.

Marijuana-related search results for categories such as posts, pages and events were filtered by Facebook FB, +0.25% within the past year because people had been using the platform to sell pot in violation of its policies, according to a spokeswoman. As of Thursday, Facebook members around the world will be able to find cannabis-related pages that carry the company’s “gray” and “blue” verification symbols via search terms such as “marijuana.

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