Pot Brownies for Sale in… Vending Machines?
The first ganja treat vending machine in the US debuted in Colorado this week. The ZaZZZ Machine was created by American Green, a division of Tranzbyte, one of the first publicly traded marijuana corporations in the world. The first model is currently on display at the Herbal Elements dispensary in Vail, CO.
The machine is capable of dispensing cannabis infused edibles and small packets of marijuana buds. Greg Honan, the owner of Herbal Elements, expressed that this will help reduce theft by patients and employees. Medical marijuana patients will not have to wait as long to make individual purchases, which can be accomplished more anonymously than with a budtender.
The ZaZZZ Machine is not open to the general public just yet. In these early stages it is only available in Colorado, where it is located in cannabis clubs. Since the technology is only available inside marijuana dispensaries, it is unlikely an unlicensed user or minor would be able to obtain the snacks. The company seems to be taking extra security precautions to ensure this will not happen.
Tranzbyte Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Shearin explained to The Cannabist, “(It) uses the same technology that checks age/ID fraud under the Control Meth Act. Your identity is confirmed against active biometrics. The machine on display this weekend will not be taking medical cards, but we are prepared to integrate.”
Currently the ZaZZZ is only available to patients and recreational users in the Eagle-Vail area. But with more and more states loosening their cannabis restrictions – it is now legal to possess up to an ounce of marijuana in Washington D.C. — the sky is the limit for marijuana business ventures.
In January Bloomberg reported that shares for the first publicly traded marijuana corporations in the US were soaring, but relatively so, as they are all under one dollar per share. They also noted that it was a risky investment and that you should run a criminal background check on any potential partners.
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