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Google Play Store made it harder to 420 blaze it through delivery apps

Even though selling and consuming marijuana is legal in several states across the U.S., Android Police reported today that Google changed its content policy to forbid apps that facilitate the sale of the green stuff.

According to Google, common violations of the aforementioned content policy change include the following:

  • 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 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

Note that the policy change doesn’t forbid apps from promoting the use of marijuana. That said, Google might be targeting popular apps Weedmaps and Eaze with the policy change.

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Weedmaps lets you order recreational marijuana from dispensaries and have it delivered in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and anywhere else where marijuana is medically or recreationally regulated. You can also located a nearby doctor to get a medical recommendation on whether you can use marijuana for medical purposes.

Meanwhile, Eaze connects users with local dispensaries to have legal marijuana delivered to them. The app is currently only serves cities in California and Oregon.

The change makes sense from Google’s perspective, seeing how the company is trying to make the Play Store more kid-friendly. Medical or recreational marijuana use has either been decriminalized or legalized in most U.S. states, though consumption by minors remains illegal.

As such, there’s a possibility that Google boots Weedmaps and Eaze from the Play Store sooner than later. Android Authority reached out to both Weedmaps and Eaze, but didn’t receive a response by press time.

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Source of the article – Android Authority