Tech giant Google has removed a California medical marijuana delivery service from its Android-based app store, yet another indication of how mainstream companies shun cannabis-focused businesses and services.
The app – called Loud Cannabis – launched in early March and originally received approval from the Google Play store, so it was available to medical marijuana patients in California for months before being yanked recently.
The Green Exchange, Loud Cannabis’s parent company, said Google told its executives that the app encourages illegal activity, even though MMJ is legal in California. Patients in the state can use the app to order medical cannabis directly from commercial growers.
“We will stand up for the rights of our patients and will do everything in our power to get our app returned to the market,” The Green Exchange’s CEO, Josh Artman, said in a statement.
Google may have more closely Loud Cannabis after it received recognition as being a top new marijuana app, Artman’s statement suggested. The award led to a surge in new downloads.
Reportedly, other MMJ delivery apps are still available for download via Google Play, such as Nestdrop and Meadow, according to PC World.
Patients can still utilize the Loud Cannabis delivery service via the company’s website.