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Apple is now accepting cannabis businesses in the app store.

By Jacquelynn Entwistle| August 01, 2021

Apple is now accepting cannabis businesses in the app store. 

While Google refuses to budge on its marijuana policies, emphasizing that it simply will not allow the sale of marijuana or marijuana products, regardless of legality, Apple embraces the change by announcing it will now allow marijuana delivery services on their app store.

Apple removed its marijuana ban early last month around the same time Amazon announced they will no longer be drug testing most of their employees for cannabis. Though, Apple’s lifted marijuana ban comes with some restrictions. The program will have to submitted by a legal entity that provides the services rather than by an individual developer, and, of course, the cannabis app must be geo-restricted to jurisdictions where cannabis is legal.

Apple is now accepting cannabis businesses in the app store

Apple’s previous marijuana policy stated:

“Apps that encourage consumption of tobacco and vape products, illegal drugs, or excessive amounts of alcohol are not permitted on the App Store. Apps that encourage minors to consume any of these substances will be rejected. Facilitating the sale of controlled substances (except for licensed pharmacies), marijuana, or tobacco is not allowed.

Apple’s new marijuana policy states:

“Apps that provide services in highly-regulated fields (such as banking and financial services, healthcare, gambling, legal cannabis use, and air travel) or that require sensitive user information should be submitted by a legal entity that provides the services, and not by an individual developer. Apps that facilitate the legal sale of cannabis must be geo-restricted to the corresponding legal jurisdiction.”

And Apple is wasting no time. The cannabis delivery service, Eaze, announced last week that consumers can now shop and pay for marijuana products on its iPhone app. Eaze is the first cannabis business of many to launch a full-service marijuana delivery app on the Apple store.

This marks a “major milestone for the legal cannabis market and consumers,” Eaze said in a press release. “The Eaze app allows customers to complete all aspects of delivery seamlessly: registration, ID verification, product selection, payment, and receipt to the doorstep.”

As legalization efforts continue in states like New York, Amazon announces their policy change regarding employee drug testing, and Apple updates their policy to remove the marijuana ban, it is expected Google will likely update its own policy soon.

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