Google just says no to marijuana apps

Google just says no to marijuana apps
While more states are passing laws legalizing marijuana, Google is trying to make it harder for smokers to connect with sellers. Earlier this week, the company announced that it will no longer allow apps in the Google Play Store that "facilitate the sale of marijuana or marijuana products regardless of legality." In other words, even in states where weed is legal, Google will ban these apps.

This new policy is now listed in the Google Play Store Developer Center website (via Android Police) and gives three examples of violations. These include allowing users to order marijuana through an in-app shopping cart feature; assisting users in arranging the delivery or pick up of marijuana; and facilitating the sale of products containing THC. Before Google updated the page, there was no policy specifically related to marijuana apps.


At the same time, Google promised to make the Google Play Store safer for children and families. In a blog post made Wednesday, the company wrote "At Google Play, we’re committed to providing a positive, safe environment for children and families. Over the last few years, we’ve helped parents find family-friendly content through the Designed for Families program and empowered them to set digital ground rules for their families with Family Link parental controls." And that apparently means making the Play Store weed-free.


Back in 2015, we told you the names of some of the apps that smartphone owners could use to find the nearest dispensary. But thanks to Google's new policy, that has all gone up in smoke.

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15 Comments

1. Romantico3pe

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Finally, we the people who have children can not have this type of apps freely open to see and download for our kids, plus smoking is bad for ya

13. Fred3

Posts: 557; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Or just pay attention to what your child is looking at and downloading...if you're not going to do that then, USE "Parental Controls". In other words be a parent if you're having kids, Google is not the parent. This won't stop them from downloading all the other bs in the playstore.

2. TadTrickle

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

This isn't progressive move by a progressive company

4. ProudFather

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 04, 2019

Smoking weed is progress? Maybe in your moms basement, boi!

7. oldskool50 unregistered

Do you drink? I guess making alcohol legal was progress? Cigarettes are legal too. But yet they kill more people then any drug in the world and is the second biggest human killer behind car accidents. I guess that's progress? Just because someone smokes weed, doesn't make them a bad person. Everyone has a right to their own method of release, regardless of your opinion of it.

3. ProudFather

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 04, 2019

Thank you, Google! This is what we need, corporations to stand firm on its passion for user protection and not allowing potheads to do as they please.

14. Carlitos

Posts: 671; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Yea the hell with people who drunk LQ and smoke cigarettes They are the most detrimental and actual dangers to society

5. vgking9699

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

How about parents actually use parental protection built into phones and actually pay attention to their kids instead of letting the phones babysit them

6. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1575; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Google continues to go down hill.

8. dnomadic

Posts: 423; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

This is not a bad thing they are protecting their company from illegal activities in states where marijuana is illegal. The apps need particular location tracking and awareness. If that does not occur imagine the BAD PUBLICITY for Google. And if porn apps are not made available , I don’t think the ability purchase a drug that is not universally legal. And for those that make the cigarette and alcohol argument....... wrong is wrong and adding another wrong or bad idea doesn’t make it acceptable. I don’t drink or smoke because it is bad and I warn others of the harms. Regardless of potential health benefits there are documented health concerns/risks

9. rossy

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

It's about limiting liability. Weed is not legal in all states. Also, when the time comes when weed manufacturers and distributors will be sued for some harm trial lawyers find in weed, Google will not be a party to the law suite as a distributor

10. yalokiy

Posts: 1043; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

I'm ok with the ban if it also happens with alcohol drinks and cigarettes.

11. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 146; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

this is why an open-source operating system is awesome!! you might not be able to get the apps from the Google Play Store, but just like other apps i wont mention (lol), you can still download them from websites :D thanks anyways Google!!!

12. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

(...fortnite?)

15. gavilan355

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

I didn't read the article, I just came to comment that the joint showed in the thumbnail of this article looks weak AF!

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