The Google Play store is no longer allowing apps to facilitate marijuana purchases or deliveries, no matter the product in question or the state’s legal status of the plant.
Here are some examples of common violations according to Google Play:
- 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.”
Google gave companies 30 days to adapt to these new policies, which, according to company statements, are only concerned with removing delivery and sale features from the Play Store.
“These apps simply need to move the shopping cart flow outside of the app itself to be compliant with this new policy. 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.” said Google in a statement to Android Police.
Following a crackdown on internet security — largely focused on children’s safety — and an FTC complaint in December that prompted investigations into kids apps on the Play Store, Google is trying hard to clean their image and to remain a safe space for children.
Android users will be able to download marijuana delivery apps through other sites but these new rules could hinder some cannabis businesses, particularly those located in states where marijuana is legal. Google’s crackdown is excessive, ignoring state laws and being unwilling to find solutions like enforcing age restrictions on apps that facilitate cannabis services.