Google Takes Measures To Restrict Marijuana Sales

Ruben Fields
June 14, 2019

This has led to a ban the marijuana-related apps over the past.

The new policy states that the Google Play Store will prohibit apps that allow users to "order marijuana through an in-app shopping cart feature, ' 'assist users in arranging delivery or pick up of marijuana" or 'facilitate the sale of products containing THC, ' such as edibles. This includes countries and USA states where purchasing marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes is legal.

Apple's App Store has already placed a ban on facilitating the sale of marijuana, tobacco, or controlled substances and on any move to encourage consumption of tobacco products and illegal drugs via apps bought from the store. The new guidelines go on to the list of common violations apps that can not allow the users to order marijuana through in-app shopping feature.

The ban even affects use of the apps in areas where marijuana is legal, according to Google's site.

Google has added a new rule that might not go well with popular weed-finding apps Eaze and Weedmaps. However, when asked for clarity on the matter, Google said that apps that sell marijuana are still permitted as long as it doesn't have an in-app shopping cart.

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Google's latest update to its Google Play policies now requires app developers to disclose the odds of receiving virtual items from loot boxes prior to purchase of the loot box.

The tech firm said it's working with many of them to answer technical questions. Apps developed for Google Play Store should also comply with the rules set by the US Children's' Online Privacy and Protection Act and the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Google is willing to work with them to facilitate the necessary changes and avoid future policy violations.

However, there is no mention of the weed rules in the post.

To ensure more developers follow these very rigorous requirements, Google is now asking everyone to declare the target audience of new apps seeking Play Store approval. However, the storefront is very important to startups that need the exposure, so expect to see several app makers making the necessary changes.

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