Anyone who works in the marijuana industry knows how marijuana companies are treated online. From account shutdowns to flagged posts, being under a microscope is something we know all too well. Normally, a platform will take down your post without really telling you why, and that’s what makes Google’s recent policy change a little surprising.
Google updated the Google Play Developer Policy Center so there’s a specific section addressing marijuana. It now reads as follows:
From the policy, it sounds like Google is only banning marijuana apps that have delivery or pick-up features. In a statement to The Verge, a Google representative said: "These apps simply need to move the shopping cart flow outside of the app itself to be compliant with this new policy.”
Easy enough, right? Apps just need to remove their shopping cart features and they’re all set. But the restrictions don’t stop there. TheWeedTube, a cannabis content platform, recently announced their app was banned from the Google Play Store, and their app does not have a shopping cart feature.