FARM TO TABLE MEDICAL MARIJUANA APP WAS RECENTLY KICKED OFF GOOGLE PLAY UNDER SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES
SAN FRANCISCO, July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Green Exchange, Inc., the developer’s of “Loud Cannabis” (www.tryloud.com), the world’s first HIPAA compliant service that connects marijuana growers directly to patients, announced today that the story of their ongoing battle with tech giant Google, was featured in Yahoo Finance. The article was titled, “For cannabis apps, the road to the app store is paved with rejection.”
“Google’s Play and Apple’s app stores are home to hundreds of cannabis-related apps, but one that aims to cut the middlemen by connecting growers with customers in California — which legalized medical marijuana in 1996 — just got yanked from the virtual shelf,” the Yahoo article reported.
The Loud Cannabis App was created to provide a “farm-to-table” direct link between growers and medical marijuana patients, as well as a safer and smarter alternative to other delivery app services that utilize 3rd party drivers whom are often unscreened and do not undergo background checks.
The mission of Loud Cannabis is to serve a co-op of growers, along with medical marijuana patients who want the freshest, organic cannabis available.
The app, which debuted on Google Play last summer, was recently kicked out of the Google store. “We had no indication they were going to pull the rug out from under our feet,” Loud Cannabis founder and CEO Josh Artman said.
Google’s Play Store instructs developers to “Keep it legal,” however this is a quandary since marijuana is legal in California, where Loud Cannabis operates. Furthermore, Google Play Store has approved marijuana dispensary locator apps such as Weedmaps and Leafly.
According to Artman, some of the cannabis apps that are allowed on Google have their roots in the Silicon Valley, and even have Google executives on their Board of Directors.
“There is definitely a double standard here,” Artman stated. “We don’t have Apple or Google executives on our board of directors, and that has hurt us,” he added. “We were founded by independent farmers, not venture capitalists or tech millionaires.”
Google declined to comment, according to the Yahoo report.
To view the Yahoo article, visit: http://yhoo.it/1IMmYns
For more information, contact Loud Cannabis at: 510-982-6052, or visit: www.tryloud.com
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