Google just revised its content policy for the Google Play Store stating it will ban apps that sell or facilitate the selling of cannabis.
Popular marijuana delivery service apps such as Eaze, who’s primary function is delivering marijuana, are being banned from the Google Play Store, even if they only operate in states that have legalized marijuana, The Verge reported. Google stated that apps on Google Play cannot lead to the sale of marijuana or related products.
“These apps simply need to move the shopping cart flow outside of the app itself to be compliant with this new policy,” stated Google. We’ve 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 Play noted that these 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.
The Apple App Store has a similar marijuana policy but also bans tobacco and other controlled substance sales.