Google Bans Cannabis Apps
Google announced heartbreaking news last Wednesday. They stated that all apps selling any form of weed would be permanently banned from the play store. The news is a devastating blow to popular apps like Weedmaps and Eaze which have over 1 million downloads. However, it is not all is doom and gloom as it was stated that apps like Eaze would not be removed or banned immediately. The conditions are that apps like Eaze will have to remove the shopping cart functionality on all app-based platforms.
The policy change was first identified by Android police and will stop apps from:
- allowing users to order marijuana through an in-app shopping cart feature
- assisting users in arranging the delivery or pick up of marijuana and
- facilitating the sale of products containing THC
The New Rules aren’t One-of-a-Kind
The platform also prohibits the sale of tobacco. However, they’re likely to hit the two most-popular weed delivery apps, Weedmaps and Eaze. “These apps simply need to move the shopping cart flow outside of the app itself to be compliant with this new policy,” a Google spokesperson told Android Police.
“Although Google may seem like the big bad wolf, they’ve actively been in contact with many of the developers and are working with them to answer any technical questions and help them implement the changes without customer disruption.”
Google has unfortunately not made any more comments on this topic to date.
Do you think this will be a setback in the cannabis industry?