Few years earlier, several US states decided to legalize marijuana although it was legal to purchase for medical purposes prior to the changes. However, the changes meant people could purchase marijuana for non-medical purposes in certain states. As the law hasn’t been approved nationwide, it means people can be convicted if they carry marijuana from one state to another where the law hasn’t been approved.
As a result, the marijuana delivery apps on the Play Store provided a dilemma for Google. Interestingly, the company has announced earlier today that it’ll be banning apps that are used for delivering marijuana. The company wrote, We don’t allow apps that facilitate the sale of marijuana or marijuana products, regardless of legality.”
Shortly after the announcement, the company clarified (via Android Police), “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.”
While it’s unclear why the company has suddenly decided to ban such apps from its store, people are speculating that the company is trying to portray a family-friendly image of the app store moving forward. However, you can still use the apps to purchase marijuana in case the developers comply with new policy of the company as it has mentioned earlier.