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Company Hopes to Sell Marijuana in Vending Machines in Colorado, Washington


A California-based company hopes to sell marijuana in vending machines in Colorado and Washington, which have legalized recreational use of the drug, NBC News reports.

Marijuana is already sold through vending machines in some states where medical marijuana is legal. The company, Medbox, says it wants to adapt the machines to comply with the new recreational marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington.

People using the machines to obtain medical marijuana use a fingerprint scan to verify their identity, which is linked to a prescription on file.

“One day we envision these machines to be accessed, when it’s allowed, 24 hours a day,” Vincent Mehdizadeh, who founded a subsidiary of Medbox that makes vending machines, 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.”

Growing, possessing and selling marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

2 Responses to this article

  1. Michael J. McFadden / January 5, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    “Growing, possessing and selling marijuana remains illegal under federal law.”

    Interesting. So why should anyone pay any attention to smoking ban laws then? Obviously we’ve moved to the point where law is unimportant unless “the men with the guns” are standing right there to enforce it, right? Classic anarchism.

    Pam’s comment is true too: the most widespread justification for making cigarette vending machines illegal is that it is supposedly “impossible” to prevent children from using them no matter WHAT controls and safeguards are proposed. And yet we can have marijuana machines to help teach our children the fun of getting high on drugs?

    - MJM

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    Pam / January 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Funny…cigarette vending machines have gone away, but we can have marijuana vending machines!

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