Medical marijuana vending machine debuts in Colorado

Medical marijuana vending machine debuts in Colorado

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By Jeremy Hubbard, FOX News

DENVER -- With the legalization of recreational weed in Colorado, all sorts of laws have come into effect as well as innovative ways to get THC into one's system.

A special delivery at Montana's Smokehouse in Avon -- not the bubble gum and candy you find in most restaurant vending machines.  This one is distinctly Colorado.

"The future is outside, and we're pretty excited about it," said Stephen Shearin, whose company, American Green, delivered the ZaZZ.  It's the state's first marijuana edibles vending machine.

"Many people could look at this and say that's just a vending machine, and they'd be right but mostly wrong," he said.

That's for sure.  The machine will soon be stocked with goods from Herbal Elements from nearby Eagle Vail. They'll fill it some of their most popular products.

"We're looking forward to using the ZaZZ machine to easily track all this inventory... we're gonna eliminate the middle man... it'll go straight from the budtender right into our machine.  There's no room for theft by patients, employees, there's no way to lose track of the inventory," explained Herbal Elements of Eagle-Vail owner Greg Honan.

But just so you know, buying a pot brownie won't be as easy as sticking in a few quarters for a snickers bar.  

You'll have to have to have a medical marijuana card, and your ID will have to have been verified, before you can get anything out.

And for now, the machine is just on display to help get the word out.

"Nothing will be sold out of the machine until we're 100 percent confident that all rules are being followed," said Shearin.

But these are convinced, they're about to revolutionize their industry, with this green machine.

"I don't think we've dreamed what it can do yet, and that's the whole point. You start with this and you start making your way into the future, I think this is a great starting point, and we're excited about it," said Shearin.

Medical marijuana vending machines have been around for a while.  In Arizona, most of the machines are behind the counter at dispensaries, but this is the first machine to sell only edibles.

Read more at FOX 31 Denver: Colorado's first marijuana vending machine delivered

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