Google prohibits apps for the delivery of marijuana from the Play Store, even in countries where the medicine is legal
- Google has updated its Play Store policy to ban apps that allow users to order marijuana
- The policy was announced this week and affects states where the drug is legal
- The apps are not immediately banned, but Google gives 30 days to comply
- They must remove a shopping basket function that allows users to buy weed
Google squatters about weed delivery apps in the Play Store.
The search giant has updated its Play Store policy on Wednesday to say that it will no longer allow apps to sell or facilitate the sale of marijuana or marijuana products.
The ban even affects the use of apps in areas where marijuana is legal, according to Google & # 39; s site.
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The search giant updated its Play Store policy on Wednesday to say it no longer allows apps that sell or facilitate the sale of marijuana or marijuana products
WHY ARE A FEW MARIJUANA APPS PROHIBITED FROM THE GAME SHOP?
Google has updated its Play Store policy this week with new rules that prohibit the delivery of marijuana delivery apps.
They can no longer sell marijuana or facilitate the sale of THC products on the platform.
The policy also has implications for areas where marijuana is legal.
Google said it simply prohibited the in-app sale of marijuana on the platform.
Marijuana apps can still be in the Play Store, but users cannot purchase marijuana through the app.
The new policy states that the Google Play Store prohibits apps that allow users to order & # 39; marijuana through an in-app shopping cart feature & # 39 ;, & # 39; help users arrange delivery or pick up from marijuana & # 39; or & # 39; facilitating the sale of products containing THC, & # 39; such as food.
Apps that offer prohibited functions, such as weed orders, have 30 days to comply with the new policy and remove functions that violate Play Store rules, according to Android police.
If they don't do that in that period, the apps run the risk of being removed from the Play Store.
& # 39; These apps just need to move the flow of the shopping cart outside of the app itself to comply with this new policy & # 39 ;, a Google spokesperson said Gizmodo.
& # 39; We have been in contact with many of the developers and are working with them to answer technical questions and help them implement the changes without disrupting the customer. & # 39;
As Gizmodo noted, while this prevents apps from being listed in the Play Store, Android users can still sideload all apps on their device.
Various marijuana delivery apps remain in the Play Store, such as Eaze and Weedmaps.
Apps that offer prohibited functions, such as weed orders, have 30 days to comply with the new policy and remove functions that violate the Play Store rules or run the risk of being removed
Both apps are also listed in the Apple App Store, but in accordance with the rules of the platform, they have removed the in-app shopping cart feature.
An Eaze spokesperson told the distance that the company was disappointed by the decision and said: “In California, and many other markets throughout the nation, lawmakers have drafted clear cannabis laws and regulations,” the spokesperson said.
& # 39; Eaze only connects adults with recognized, regulated cannabis retailers.
& # 39; Google's decision is a disappointing development that only helps the illegal market thrive, but we are confident that Google, Apple and Facebook will ultimately do the right thing and allow legal cannabis companies to do business on their platforms & # 39 ;, she added.
Google did not say why it took measures to ban marijuana delivery apps, although many suspect that it could be part of a broader effort to make the Play Store more suitable for children.
In December, many consumer, privacy, and health groups filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission urging them to investigate whether children are being compromised by fraudulent apps in the Google Play Store.
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