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Google bans apps that facilitate sale of marijuana

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Published on May 30, 2019 - Duration: 00:59s

Google bans apps that facilitate sale of marijuana

Google on Wednesday banned apps on its app store that facilitate the sale of marijuana or related products, as part of a change to its content policy.

Mia Womersley reports.

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Google bans apps that facilitate sale of marijuana

If you're interested in buying the latest marijuana-related product on the market, don't turn to Google.

The search engine on Wednesday (May 29) banned apps on its play store that facilitate the sale of the substance or products related to it.

It's part of a change to the company's content policy.

A Google spokesman told Reuters developers only need to move their shopping cart option outside the app to comply.

The tech firm said it's working with many of them to answer technical questions.

And help them bring in the changes without disrupting customers.

Existing apps have 30 days post-launch to obey.

Canada became the first industrialized nation to legalize recreational cannabis back in October.

Many other countries around the world are just approving medical marijuana.

Wednesday's news hardly celebrated by those in the business.

Eaze, a marijuana delivery app, said, "Google's decision is a disappointing development that only helps the illegal market thrive." But they are confident that Google, Apple and Facebook will eventually do the quote "right thing".

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