The standards for Apple's App Store games really are an utter mystery. You can find no shortage of games based on the premises of popping zits, farting, and slaughtering your foes by the legion in the goriest ways possible. A simulation of growing pot, however, is evidently verboten.
Manitoba Games released a statement about the takedown of their game. Yes, takedown; that means the game initially passed muster to gain entry into Apple's walled garden. Why the game now warranted being removed is unknown, but said Ted of Manitoba Games in part:
As you might have noticed the game is no longer available on the Apple App Store. This was entirely Apple's decision, not ours. We guess the problem was that the game was just too good and got to number one in All Categories, since there are certainly a great number of weed based apps still available, as well as games promoting other so-called 'illegal activities' such as shooting people, crashing cars and throwing birds at buildings.
Yes, other weed based apps. With a 3-second search on my iPhone's App Store I pulled up a plethora of apps that educate the user on varieties of weed, provide "cookbooks", and offer no shortage of games that simulate growing and selling ganja.
So it can't be that the game is about pot, given how many pot-centric apps are still in the store, and it can't be about promoting illegal activity as that would take down most of the games for sale. Looks like it's just another takedown with no cause greater than the capricious whims of the App Store approval board.