Google says no to cannabis-related service apps in its play store

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Tech giant Google banned all marijuana-related apps from its play store, meaning Android phone users now won’t be able to download apps that facilitate home delivery or other services.

The ban went into effect May 29, the Digital Journal reported, and Google said in a statement: “We don’t allow apps that facilitate the sale of marijuana or marijuana products, regardless of legality.”

A Google spokesperson expanded on the criteria that would lead to an app being banned, including:

  • Allowing users to order marijuana through an in-app shopping cart feature.
  • Assisting users in arranging delivery or pick up of marijuana.
  • Facilitating the sale of products containing THC.