A Denver dispensary found itself in hot water over the weekend after comments supporting Immigration and Customs Enforcement were posted on the store’s Facebook account. The dispensary’s owner claims that the social-media account may have been hacked, but pro-immigration advocates aren’t buying it.
On September 10, a response to a KWGN (Channel 2) news story about planned protests at the home of the warden of Aurora’s ICE facility, asking those in the thread about the lack of pro-ICE support, was posted by what looked like Peak Dispensary.
“When and where is the rally for support for ICE???” the comment reads. The comment was deleted days later, but the Internet never forgets. Screenshots of the comment and subsequent responses began surfacing on Facebook and Twitter, gaining criticism and public callouts of Peak.
Courtesy of Justine Sandoval
Peak owner Justin Henderson initially said that a staff member had accidentally posted the comment under the company’s Facebook account, but now says the page was likely hacked. “I really don’t know exactly what happened. We’re still trying to piece it together,” he says. “One person in our organization has different opinions than others, so I posted that.”
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But Henderson says that the employee, whom he declines to name, then told him she didn’t make the comment in question, and that’s when he started to believe he might have been hacked. “It was me jumping to the conclusion that she absolutely did it, and then I tried to take it back with a little class. But trolls don’t care.”
According to Henderson, his business was recently hacked as part of a financial scam, and he thinks any social-media hacking could be connected.
But Justine Sandoval, a pro-immigration activist in Denver who responded