Popular Marijuana Game Gets Pulled by Apple

Dude, where's my app?

What a buzz kill, Apple. A popular pot-themed game, Weed Firm, has been removed from Apple’s iTunes App Store.

The developer, Manitoba Games, had been riding high in the app charts at No. 1, but today Weed Firm vanished. The game doesn’t seem to be especially scandalous considering the rest of the video game industry, but Apple does often censor content.

“As you might have noticed the game is no longer available on the Apple App Store,” the developer said on its website today. “This was entirely Apple's decision, not ours.”

Weed Firm is a game that lets users virtually manage a marijuana growing business. The game also does not appear on Google’s Play Store, but the developer said that was unrelated to Apple’s issues.

Google has fewer content restrictions than Apple.

It was unclear if the developer had violated policies other than Apple’s rules about adult themes.

In any case, there are plenty of apps that feature marijuana, including Weedmaps, a Yelp-like app for finding where to buy pot legally. Recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado and Washington, and businesses are still trying to figure out how they can discuss and market the industry.

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