First cannabis delivery app lands on App Store following policy changes

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The first app to offer cannabis delivery has launched in the App Store, a month after Apple changed App Store policies allowing apps that handled sales via legal dispensaries.

Apple made a change to the App Store policies on June 7, introducing many changes to rules about what apps offered for download can do. Among the changes was a loosening of restrictions on in-app sales from licensed and legal pharmacies and cannabis dispensaries in areas where they are allowed, and it has taken just over a month for the first app to arrive that takes advantage of that alteration.

Eaze is the first app available on the App Store that can facilitate the purchase and delivery of cannabis in the United States. While Eaze has offered sales via its website, the new app is thought to be more convenient, as those same transactions can be performed without directing users to a browser.

The app includes registration, ID verification, handles payments, and receipts for orders, as well as on-demand delivery and order tracking. Sales are limited to those aged 21 years or over, and with multiple verifications of customer IDs throughout the purchase and delivery process.

To keep the service legal, the app geofences purchases to jurisdictions where cannabis is legal. Currently, the service delivers across California, and will start delivery in Michigan later in July.

"Eaze has always been about using the latest developments in technology to make shopping for legal cannabis more accessible," said Eaze CEO Rogelio Choy. "It's hard to overstate how important this is to our company and the industry."

While Apple has been progressive in allowing cannabis sales apps in the App Store, Google's Play Store policy outright bans apps that allow the sale of marijuana or related products, "regardless of legality."

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