Some of the states which legalized the use of medical marijuana will release vending machines containing medical marijuana products.
Seattle is officially selling medical marijuana with the help of vending machines. The innovation, is expected to expand to other cities and states as well, which approve the selling of marijuana as medicine.
Voters from Washington and Colorado approved the use of medical marijuana in 2012, and advised to be sold in retail stores which would carry a set of marijuana products for adults. The two states were followed by Alaska and Oregon, which adopted a similar strategy last year.
The vending machines, called ZaZZZ, are planned to be distribute around Seattle and Washington and some in Colorado, Michigan, California, Alaska and Rhode Islands, all of these states being among the 23 American states which legalized the use of medical marijuana, explained the president of the company American Green Inc., which produced the machines.
In Washington, the more permissive law, created a mixture between the use of medical and recreational marijuana.
There are also other American companies that are producing vending machines, like California Medbox Inc., but the regulators from each state were not informed on how many vending machines were in use.
The machines are a more advanced version of the first ZaZZZ’s which was released for use last April, in Colorado’s Herbal Elements, which only carries edible goods.
The machine from Seattle, has been stocked with marijuana flower, vaporizer pens, energy drink made out of hemp oil, plus other related merchandise. The machine will be provided with unique merchandise that will not be available in other places.
If a customer is licensed or not, to buy medical marijuana, remains to be checked by the employees of the dispensary, before that person uses the vending machine. The machine also requires to scan the ID card of the customer.
The Washington state law, states that a machine as such, has to be installed behind the counter of the recreational use pot shop, and must be managed by an employee.
Some owners of dispensaries from Seattle, claimed that they didn’t see the logic of having vending machines that would be operated by employees, since a vending machine implies the buyers handling it themselves.
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