Pot vending machines in the works
A California company is preparing for the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington by creating dispensing devices for adults.
America may be lagging behind other developed nations in the essential sector of innovative vending machines -- but perhaps not for long.
We may have movie dispensers, but the Japanese have long had street machines that distribute everything from the standard candy, cigarettes and drinks to magazines, clothing, produce, alcohol and fresh-cut flowers.
But have no fear. The U.S. is breaking ground in one area of dispensing devices: the cannabis machine.
The November elections legalized recreational marijuana use in Washington and Colorado. And now a California company has plans to adapt the vending machines it makes for medical marijuana groups so they can eventually be used by the general public.
Medbox (MDBX) marijuana dispensers are kept behind the counter at medical marijuana facilities -- where they can track sales, prevent theft and ensure those facilities comply with local laws. The current version of the machines, according to Medical Daily, "rely on a fingerprint scan that verifies the identity of the patient, which is linked with a prescription kept on file. The company also helps operators become licensed in states that have licensing laws."
Medbox, meanwhile, is preparing its vending machines for the launch of those newborn recreational pot industries in Washington and Colorado.
Washington’s State Liquor Control Board has a December 2013 deadline to set up a licensing system for the manufacture and sale of recreational marijuana -- before cannabis can be legally sold to adults.
Adults in Colorado, meanwhile, will be able to purchase recreational marijuana at licensed establishments starting in 2014. The state has assembled a task force, to come up with municipal, legal and business regulations for recreational marijuana stores.
"One day we envision these machines to be accessed, when it's allowed, 24 hours a day," Vincent Mehdizadeh, the founder of Medbox, told NBC News. "One day in the future that may happen, but for now these machines sit behind the counter as an inventory control and compliance tool."
Washington law will require any recreational marijuana to be sold inside a licensed retail story. A spokesperson for the state’s Liquor Control Board tells Newser that means any cannabis vending machines used by the public could be used inside one of those future stores, but not “on the street corner.”
In the meantime, taking into account that marijuana is still illegal under federal U.S. law, Mebox’s website notes the company "does not engage in the production, sale, or marketing of any products dispensed through our machines."
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I USED to be a daily smoker of pot, from the age of 16 to approx. 34 years old. And then I stopped. I am now 52 years old, and instead of smoking it, I now grow it legally because of the state that I happen to live in, and because I have multiple friends who have been diagnosed with cancer and never smoked pot until they found themselves unable to eat due to their illness. I also have multiple friends who happen to be legal assistants, teachers, artists, musicians, nurses, and the list goes on. They are college educated individuals who work their asses off, have families, nice homes, go to Church and have "a life,"and God forbid happen to smoke pot occasionally.
If people need something to up their appetite (cancer patients),or something to help them relax after work, school, or before bedtime, whatever the hell they smoke pot for-is it really worth the extravagent amount of money being spent to do nothing but make a issue out of a fricking plant that does more good than harm in the world I live in? My God, look at the multiple deaths caused in this country because of drunk driving. And then there's the dreaded cigarette doing its thing by causing cancer and a boat load of other health issues.
I am a loving and caring individual who genuinely cares about the people and the world we live in.
But I have a sincere BITCH about people who don't take the time to read the headline of the article they are reading before pitching their bitch. California is simply doing what any entrepreneurial group of people might choose to do, and in this case, that would be responding to the possible need of a pot machine in the states of COLORADO and WASHINGTON-where recreational pot use is legal now. You have to have a mind smart enough, and the drive to even think about how to go about developing such a item. Sounds like a damn good thing to me versus people wasting their time insulting the entire state of California and the people who live there, because why? Oh, silly me, we're all junkies.
I do not, nor will I ever, smoke pot. However, I am not the type that pushes his beliefs onto everyone else. I also refuse to eat fast food and meat yet I have never tried to make fast food illegal (and so many people have tried to kill the fast food industry).
We would have far less issues in our country if people just minded their own business. I cannot believe that "issues" like marijuana prohibition and gay marriage are actually even issues. If people would just mind their own business and let people do what they want as long as they aren't hurting anyone else or society in general, then we could move onto actual issues that matter such as the economy, climate change, etc.
This is for medical mariuana people. you guys spout about this as you pound your beers or eat a fist full of vicoden.
if you cant handle it, dont do it. just like TV. if you dont like the porn on one channel. change it.
i'm proud to live in a country that gives options.
stop small thinking - End sensorship.....
If your "red", get over it? Its just a harmless little weed.
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