Reporting from San Francisco — Facebook dealt the proponents of marijuana legalization a major blow when it blocked advertising that featured an image of a pot leaf from the Just Say Now campaign working to upend the nation's pot laws.
But that's not to say that there isn't a Facebook marijuana connection. Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and former Facebook President Sean Parker both donated to California's marijuana legalization initiative, Proposition 19, this year.
And, it turns out, there's a crop of marijuana growing in the wilds of Facebook. It's growing in a free game called Pot Farm, and its users are getting high — as in, there are a lot of them: some 1.5 million each month. The East Bay Express, a weekly newspaper in the Bay Area, says the game's secretive developers could be grossing as much as $148,000 a month as users spend real money to advance in the game.
That leads to the spot-on question from the East Bay Express: Why grow when you can code?
Pot Farm is a budding FarmVille. A disclaimer reads: "Totally beta or whatever." Players start with a field and some seed money, and they move ahead in the game by buying, planting, growing and selling different strains of virtual marijuana.