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Google doesn’t allow apps that facilitate the sale of marijuana

FILE PHOTO: The Google logo is pictured at the entrance of the Google offices in London, Britain, 18 January 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc. Google on Wednesday banned apps on the app store that allows the sale of marijuana or related products, as part of a modification of the contents of the policy.

Developers only need to move their shopping cart option outside of the app to conform to the new policy, a Google spokesman told Reuters.

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

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

“Google’s decision is a disappointing development that only helps the illegal market to thrive, but we are convinced that Google, Apple and Facebook will eventually do the right thing,” a spokesman of Eaze, a marijuana-delivery app.

Reporting by Debroop Roy in Bengaluru; Editing by shailesh Kuber

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