(Image: CBS 47)

 

BY DAVID EARL

 

Getting your hands on medical marijuana just got easier in California. With a new electronic dispensary from Dispenselabs … Here’s HLN with the headline.

 

“California has a new vending machine for … pot!”

 

Only one machine so far, in Santa Ana.  So now, if you live near that city getting your pot is pretty much just like walking up to get cash out of an ATM. The company even has an infomercial.

 

“Using fingerprint and registration card access, patients can easily obtain their 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in a safe, secure monitored location.”

 

So...yeah. That’s basically just like a pot ATM. And in an era of crackdowns on pot dispensaries, being automated is a plus. Here’s LA Weekly...

 

“One of the key elements of said machine, of course, is not having any humans around to arrest when the feds tow it away, a point acknowledged by Dispense Labs, which states that it … mitigates concerns and problems that have risen from community groups, political figures and law enforcement agencies.”

 

There’s no doubt it’s getting harder to be a pot shop these days, after the Obama administration began taking a closer look at marijuana dispensaries. KION proves it.

 

“This place used to be a pot shop … Creme de Canna closed its door last month after the federal government said it was too close to a school.”

 

So, the vending machine might change the problem, however, before you get super stoked about this … a blogger for Death and Taxes points out, this is medical marijuana...

 

“To purchase a serving you need to use a special swipe card, verify your thumbprint, and then enter a secret pin code, all while cameras monitor your movements … Finger prints and secret codes and camera monitors? You’re not launching a missile, you’re picking up a prescription.”

 

No word yet from Dispenselabs on when, if, or where the second pot vending machine will show up.

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Apr 26, 2012

Pot Vending Machine Shows Up in California

(Image: CBS 47)

 

BY DAVID EARL

 

Getting your hands on medical marijuana just got easier in California. With a new electronic dispensary from Dispenselabs … Here’s HLN with the headline.

 

“California has a new vending machine for … pot!”

 

Only one machine so far, in Santa Ana.  So now, if you live near that city getting your pot is pretty much just like walking up to get cash out of an ATM. The company even has an infomercial.

 

“Using fingerprint and registration card access, patients can easily obtain their 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in a safe, secure monitored location.”

 

So...yeah. That’s basically just like a pot ATM. And in an era of crackdowns on pot dispensaries, being automated is a plus. Here’s LA Weekly...

 

“One of the key elements of said machine, of course, is not having any humans around to arrest when the feds tow it away, a point acknowledged by Dispense Labs, which states that it … mitigates concerns and problems that have risen from community groups, political figures and law enforcement agencies.”

 

There’s no doubt it’s getting harder to be a pot shop these days, after the Obama administration began taking a closer look at marijuana dispensaries. KION proves it.

 

“This place used to be a pot shop … Creme de Canna closed its door last month after the federal government said it was too close to a school.”

 

So, the vending machine might change the problem, however, before you get super stoked about this … a blogger for Death and Taxes points out, this is medical marijuana...

 

“To purchase a serving you need to use a special swipe card, verify your thumbprint, and then enter a secret pin code, all while cameras monitor your movements … Finger prints and secret codes and camera monitors? You’re not launching a missile, you’re picking up a prescription.”

 

No word yet from Dispenselabs on when, if, or where the second pot vending machine will show up.

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