ALIANIELLO PLAYED AN INSTRUMENTAL ROLE IN TWITTER'S RECENT CANNABIS POLICY UPDATE. THE INDUSTRY HAS HER TO THANK.
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Cannabis companies struggle to find marketing channels. Social media platforms like Facebook (Meta) and Instagram (also owned by Meta) are notorious for their strict policies against cannabis marketing content.
Until recently, Twitter only permitted CBD-related marketing if the products were topical, not consumable. That all changed when Twitter updated its cannabis policies, thanks to cannabis advocate and industry insider Alexa Alianiello.
Without her dedication and tireless effort to make Twitter a more cannabis-friendly space, this praised policy change wouldn’t exist. Although Twitter still has a few rules regarding what cannabis companies can and can’t do, Alianiello’s cannabis advocacy has granted us the first social media platform to allow cannabis marketing.
A Giant Leap For The Cannabis Industry
Under Twitter’s updated cannabis policies, the company allows cannabis advertising for brands and products if they abide by the following:
Obtaining proper licensing
Passing Twitter’s approval process
Only marketing to regions where they are licensed to operate
Never marketing toward those 21 years old and under
Thanks to Alianiello, cannabis companies can use Twitter to connect with consumers, market products, share information, and build stronger communities. Until recently, Elon Musk’s social media platform banned cannabis-related marketing, considering the plant is still illegal at a federal level.
However, even states like Colorado and California, where recreational cannabis is legal, couldn’t use the platform as they wished. That is until Alianiello took the bull by the horns. Besides her cannabis advocacy, she’s worked positions in Twitter’s sensitive categories and realized that cannabis companies could use the platform as an opportunity for responsible marketing.
Alianiello, who currently handles U.S. sales and partnerships at Twitter, shared in a blog post that cannabis c