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Google has made changes to its content policy that cracks down on hate speech, sexual content and cannabis.

In an attempt to render the Google Play store more family-friendly, the platform has upped its restrictions on acceptable apps.

Homebound cannabis users will be particularly affected by the new rules.

One Twitter user said online in response: “This move by @GooglePlay will jeopardize mobile device security and consumer privacy. Cannabis consumers will be forced to install apps which have not been reviewed for spyware/malware, etc. #WarOnDrugs.”

However, Google states: “We don’t allow apps that facilitate the sale of marijuana or marijuana products.”

Common violations such as “allowing users to order marijuana through an in-app shopping cart feature, assisting users in arranging delivery or pick of marijuana,” and “facilitating the sale of products containing THC,” are now grounds for rejection or removal.

“These apps need to move the shopping cart flow outside of the app itself to be compliant with this new policy,” Google said in a statement. “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.”

Google has a ban in place on any illegal activity, citing, “facilitating the sale or purchase of illegal drugs or prescription drugs without a prescription,” “depicting or encouraging the use or sale of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco by minors,” and providing “instructions for growing or manufacturing illegal drugs” as examples of common violations.

The company also has an Unapproved Substances policy in place, with a list of banned substances including cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD takes its place on Google’s list between something called “Chlamydia Venereal Mix Formula” and a workout supplement called “Cannibal Ferox Amped.” Other banned substances include the “Deliverance from Gonorrhea Kit,” “Fruit Plant Losing Fat Capsule,” and “Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids Size.”

Google seems to be taking aim at popular services like WeedMaps and Eaze. Although medical and/or adult-use cannabis is legal in many states and Canada, the DEA has categorized it as a Schedule I drug in the States and it remains federally illegal.

Cannabis app developers will have 30 days to comply with the new rules.

Source: https://lfpress.com/cannabis-news/google-play-bans-cannabis-sales-apps-in-a-harsh-new-move/wcm/6ff198b2-7742-4dde-bec0-d96647e675a8

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