Google Removes Medical Marijuana App From Store

Google Removes Medical Marijuana App From Store

“Loud Cannabis” was, until recently, a service that made it possible for Californians to buy cannabis from local growers via Google’s Play store.

Green Exchange, the developer of the app, speculated that Google might have pulled the app after deciding erroneously that Loud Cannabis was illegally selling cannabis to patients without a prescription. The developer insists that no illegal activity has taken place.

It is legal in California for people who have a recommendation from their doctor to order cannabis through a grower and have it delivered. Loud Cannabis had recently won an award for its service.

Green Exchange believes that Google is in the wrong by interfering with Californians’ right to access medical treatment. The California Patient’s Guide states,

“You have the right to receive uninterrupted care from your doctor and HMO and to be referred to other health care providers when necessary.”

The developer may find itself ahead of legal efforts to keep up with advancements in policies regarding cannabis sales and distribution. Current law does not explicitly mention services received through a website or mobile device application.

Green Exchange has invited Android users to access its mobile website while it appeals Google’s action.

Loud Cannabis is not the only app that caters to patients looking to order cannabis online, or even through the Google Play store. Nestdrop serves patients in San Francisco, California, Seattle, Washington, and Portland. Meadow is another app available to San Franciscans.

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