Google Bans Apps That Facilitate Sale of Marijuana

May 29, 2019 Updated: May 29, 2019

Alphabet Inc’s Google on May 29 banned apps on its app store that facilitate the sale of marijuana or related products, as part of a change to its content policy.

Developers only need to move their shopping cart option outside the app to comply with the new policy, a Google spokesperson told Reuters.

Google said it is working with many of the developers to answer any technical questions and help them implement the changes without customer disruption.

Existing apps would have 30 days post-launch to comply with the policy.

A spokesperson for Eaze, a marijuana delivery app, said: “Google’s decision is a disappointing development that only helps the illegal market thrive, but we are confident that Google, Apple and Facebook will eventually do the right thing.”

Non-Intoxicating Cannabis Now Legal

Copies of Hemp magazine are displayed at the Cannabis World Congress Conference
Copies of Hemp magazine are displayed at the Cannabis World Congress Conference in N.Y. on June 16, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The Trump administration removed non-intoxicating Cannabis plant hemp from the list of controlled substances with the signing of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 on Dec. 20, 2018.

The 2018 Farm Bill allows farmers to cultivate hemp crops, which unlike Marijuana, have less than 0.3 percent concentrations of the psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but all the health benefits.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb made it clear in a press release on Dec. 20, that the Food and Drug Administration is committed to protecting and promoting the public’s health, and will continue to strictly regulate products, foods, and dietary supplements containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds.

Hemp fibres in granules
A man shows hemp fibres in granules, this exclusive product called “NAFILean” is heated to pass into an injection press machine, as a 100% synthetic material at the Interval company facilities in Arc-Les-Gray, France on July 12, 2016. (Romain Lafabregue/AFP/Getty Images)

Some of the other possible uses for industrial hemp include biodegradable plastics, paper, textiles, construction materials, health foods, cosmetics, animal feed, and fuel.

By Debroop Roy. With additional reporting by NTD reporter Jeremy Sandberg.

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