Having a way to allow guests to purchase marijuana just got a whole lot easier for accommodations and facilities that welcome the use of weed.
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, the latest and greatest technology brings the pot vending machine to consumers. So far Seattle and Denver have both jumped on this new method of pot distribution, with other cities certain to follow suit. What better way to get your hands on your green without having to stand in long lines at the dispensary?
And if you have a marijuana-friendly accommodation, what better way to offer it to your guests?
These cannabis vending machines are manufactured by a company American Green are called “ZaZZZ.” Several different options exist for consumers buying from a marijuana vending machine. From edibles and tinctures to flower bud, ZaZZZ machines seem to have it all. Ordering your favorite strain of cannabis is as easy as a few finger strokes on the touch screen of the marijuana dispensing machines. The hope is that this method of distribution will reduce the long wait time that so many dispensaries experience everyday.
Herbal Elements, located in Vail, Colorado has made use of the cannabis vending machine for the better part of a year now. As far as they are concerned, it presents an easier way of dispensing marijuana.
“We’re…using the ZAZZ machine to easily track all this inventory … we’re gonna eliminate the middleman. 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,” said Herbal Elements owner Greg Honan regarding his decision to implement use of a cannabis vending machine at the dispensary.
As for how the machines tell who is legally old enough to buy weed and who isn’t? American Green, the company responsible for the manufacture of the ZaZZZ machine has also thought about that. Cameras and facial recognition software matches the patient’s face to the picture on their photo ID, which must be presented at the point of purchase. Customers will need to swipe their ID or their red card in order to view the inventory available in the machine. Also, these machines use both high-tech standards and are reinforced to prevent a smash and grab.
It is important to note that these machines also only accept cash or bitcoin since it is federally illegal to accept debit or credit cards in exchange for cannabis. Hopefully however, this is something that will change in due course.
Marijuana vending machines are just one sign of how the cannabis industry is evolving. As time goes on and the views about marijuana use continue to shift, more businesses will certainly show up in support of complete decriminalization of marijuana as a whole. When cannabis accommodations are no longer thought of as anything out of the ordinary, we might see things like this popping up in rentals and other leisure facilities.