Months after Apple pulled marijuana user social app MassRoots from the App Store on November 4, 2014, the Cupertino company has reversed course and allowed the app in the App Store as long as its geo-restricted to the 23 states where marijuana is legal, MassRoots founder Isaac Dietrich told the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Photo via MassRoots

“A few hours ago, an Apple representative called to notify us that our efforts were successful: the App Store is permitting cannabis social apps that are geo-restricted to the 23 states that have legalized medicinal cannabis. MassRoots is available for download in the App Store,” Dietrich said.

In a blog post on its website, MassRoots notes that it will be "implementing new features to strengthen our compliance even beyond what is currently required."

Currently, the app requires users to login to their account to use the app. When a user registers a new account within the app, it requires location access to verify that the user is in one of the 23 states where marijuana is legal. However, users who register for a MassRoots account on its website and then log into the app do not undergo the state check, opening the possibility for users to lie about which state they're residing in.

Update: MassRoots founder Isaac Dietrich has contacted MacRumors, telling us the company is working on a hard geofence for both its website and Android version of its app. It should be live tomorrow.

The Chronicle notes that MassRoots is one of a dozen marijuana-related companies to see their social media apps pulled from the App Store. While MassRoots was able to reach a deal with the Cupertino company, the others are still in discussions.

MassRoots for iPhone is available in the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Top Rated Comments

mudslag Avatar
89 months ago
Marijuana is the scourge of the West. When are people going to wake up to the fact that they have been indoctrinated into a Cult of Weed?

Marijuana dumbs down the masses.


Ignorance is far more of a scourge.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Z400Racer37 Avatar
89 months ago
.... Now just allow it in the other states, and stop knowing what's best for everybody.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iBlazed Avatar
89 months ago
I don't get it. There is nothing illegal about a marijuana app, even in the 27 states where it's not legal for any purpose. They still sell High Times magazine in Barnes and Noble all over the country, what's the difference? Why is Apple taking it upon themselves to demand the app be geofenced?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eraserhead Avatar
89 months ago
It is legal over your side of the pond in some places? Here in the UK it really is not, although that doesn't seem to stop people - especially those from deprived neighbourhoods - using by it all the time on the street. Horrible to.walk past.

The difference is that rich people do it in their own homes.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LIVEFRMNYC Avatar
89 months ago
.... Now just allow it in the other states, and stop knowing what's best for everybody.
Exactly. Apple allows apps dedicated to adultery(like the Ashley Madison app) which is illegal in over 20 states. So Apple should take that out too. ;)
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rdowns Avatar
89 months ago
Point 1. They should make weed illegal everywhere in the US. The obesity problem is real and we need to do everything possible to reduce it.



Are you high? What a ridiculous comment. Americans didn't get fat because some of them smoke weed and like to scarf down Cheetos.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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