[Ed. – Ten years ago, this would have been an actual Onion headline.]
AVON, Colo. — A Colorado company has introduced the first-ever marijuana vending machine, which will soon be put to use at a dispensary in Eagle-Vail, Colo.
The so-called Zazz machine was produced by Stephen Shearin’s company, American Green, and was delivered to the Herbal Elements dispensary Friday.
The dispensary debuted the machine to the public outside Montana’s Smokehouse barbecue restaurant in Avon on Friday.
“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,” Herbal Elements owner Greg Honan said.
The machine includes technology that requires users to swipe their driver’s license to verify their identity and age. Multiple cameras attached to the machine make sure the person swiping the card is the same person depicted on the card.