Google Just Banned Marijuana Delivery Apps From The Play Store

The new policy language has caused several delivery apps to be non-compliant

So much for being the chiller of the two mobile platforms: Google just changed its content policy for the Google Play Store such that all apps selling or facilitating the sale of marijuana are banned. Presumably, apps that merely promote the use of marijuana are still A-OK in Google’s book, but it’s less clear what the fate of apps which don’t actually sell marijuana, merely tell you where to find it – will be. The new policy language follows, below.

Here are some examples of common violations:

  • 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.

At this point, though, it’s clear Google’s targeting the two most popular such services: Weedmaps (which, yes, does offer in-app ordering) and Eaze, the latter being a newer startup.

Both apps were live at the time of this post, but we strongly suspect both will be removed shortly(update: in light of recent commentary and information, we suspect the apps will remain, but have their ordering functions removed), as they’re the obvious choice for take downs in light of this policy change.

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