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Score some weed? There’s an app for that

By John Rizzo

Apple could be profiting from the sale of "recreational pharmaceutics" via a new iOS app that lets users place an order for marijuana from the comfort of an iPhone. Apple would get a cut of pot sales if the Terrapin Care Station app works like other in-app purchases, which bill the user's Apple ID account.

The Terrapin Care Station app, from a Colorado-based pot dispensary, is named after a popular album by the Grateful Dead. The app sports a photo of a group of cheerful-looking rock concert goers above a shopping cart button that enables users to place an order. Apple App Store screeners, which are notorious for rejecting apps that Apple deems as inappropriate, seems to be aware of the purpose of the pot club app. Apple states on the App Store page that users must be 17 years old to download the app. It also warns users of "Frequent/Intense Alcohol, Tobacco, Drug Use or References to these."

Colorado voters legalized marijuana for personal use last November by passing Amendment 64. That state has allowed sales for medical purposes since 2000, but Amendment 64 legalized the use for non-medical purposes as well. Last week, a Colorado task force approved a tax on marijuana and restrictions for use. There's no word on whether the tax would apply to sales made through Apple's App Store. Terrapin Care Station also has an Android version of the app.

One potential glitch to the new e-commerce activity is that the federal Justice Department still considers marijuana to be illegal, and has been cracking down on medical cannabis businesses in California and other states where voters have decriminalized the drug.