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Company unveils first age-verifying, pot vending machine
NPR ^ | 04/14/2014 | Bill Chappell

Posted on 04/14/2014 8:54:06 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

An automated pot-selling machine was unveiled at an event held at an Avon, Colo., restaurant Saturday, promising a potential new era of selling marijuana and pot-infused snacks from vending machines directly to customers.

Its creators say the machine, called the ZaZZZ, uses biometrics to verify a customer's age. The machine is climate-controlled to keep its product fresh.

You may be picturing a vending machine on a sidewalk, ready to dispense pot brownies to anyone with correct change. That's not quite what backers of the machine have in mind. For now, at least, the ZaZZZ is aimed for use only by medical marijuana patients. And it'll be in licensed stores, where it will serve a purpose like that of an automated checkout line at a grocery, they say.

The machine is built by American Green; its first model is geared toward selling snacks and other items at dispensary Herbal Elements in Eagle-Vail, Colo. — after the company is sure it has met all regulations.

Stephen Shearin of American Green parent company Tranzbyte tells Denver blogger The Cannabist that the vending machine "uses the same technology that checks age/ID fraud under the Control Meth Act. Your identity is confirmed against active biometrics. The machine on display this weekend will not be taking medical cards, but we are prepared to integrate."

Shearin also acknowledges that the idea of buying marijuana from a machine will likely have a "wow factor" that could help boost business.

The pot machine could also help dispensary owners cut down on employee theft.

(Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
KEYWORDS: potmarijuana; vendingmachine

1 posted on 04/14/2014 8:54:06 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Now this is progress.


2 posted on 04/14/2014 8:56:19 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

I hope those machines have a great security system.


3 posted on 04/14/2014 8:57:13 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11))
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To: SeekAndFind; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono
Take THAT, Japan!


4 posted on 04/14/2014 8:57:14 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: ColdOne

Will they also have bags of Doritos?


5 posted on 04/14/2014 8:58:07 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Why the hell is the left all ecstatic over getting pot into the mouths of as many people as possible, and harassing cigarette smokers?
Maybe because stoneheads always vote democrat (when they are lucid enough to be able to read the ballot)


6 posted on 04/14/2014 8:59:10 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: dfwgator

Colorado used to be one of my favorite states to travel to. Not anymore.


7 posted on 04/14/2014 9:00:02 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: I want the USA back

> Why the hell is the left all ecstatic over getting pot into the mouths of as many people as possible, and harassing cigarette smokers?
Maybe because stoneheads always vote democrat (when they are lucid enough to be able to read the ballot)

Excellent point.


8 posted on 04/14/2014 9:01:03 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: SeekAndFind

Does this mean we can finally have cigarette machines again?


9 posted on 04/14/2014 9:02:21 AM PDT by arderkrag (To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others. - Buddha)
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To: SeekAndFind

> Its creators say the machine, called the ZaZZZ, uses biometrics to verify a customer’s age.

I’m going to guess the size of the palm. You might wantbto invest in rubber hands. I have a feeling the demand is about to explode among the indoctrinated youth in Colorado.


10 posted on 04/14/2014 9:04:16 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: I want the USA back
Why the hell is the left all ecstatic over getting pot into the mouths of as many people as possible, and harassing cigarette smokers? Maybe because stoneheads always vote democrat (when they are lucid enough to be able to read the ballot)

Sex, drugs, rock and roll. This mantra of the left has now almost completely taken over our culture and society. Sex in the way of porn and gay sex. Drugs in the way of legalized pot and legal drugs like ritalin et al...rock and roll in the form of the music and entertainment industry completely dominating the minds and hearts of America.

11 posted on 04/14/2014 9:08:12 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC
im with you on the Ritalin/sex/porn aspect -

Im of the opinion that it needs to be regulated for medical use, akin to alcohol.

Unfortunately, what I fear happening is the legitimate medical use has been co-opted by burnouts looking for a legal high, thus delegitimizing the medical uses.

That said, the illegality of that fuels a huge law enforcement and prison industry (read govt job security) that is unlikely and reluctant to retool

incidentally, I never smoked the stuff - neither did my roomie in college

12 posted on 04/14/2014 9:15:40 AM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: jsanders2001

“Maybe because stoneheads always vote democrat (when they are lucid enough to be able to read the ballot)”. Not quite true. Out of all of my friends, if you group together the highest paid (from 150-300 kilobucks per year), they all have smoked every day since college, and they are all armed to the teeth hard core conservatives.


13 posted on 04/14/2014 9:18:30 AM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: SeekAndFind

Under Obamacare, is it required to have signs disclosing the calorie count of all the munchies the user will consume?


14 posted on 04/14/2014 9:31:31 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

disgusting


15 posted on 04/14/2014 9:37:23 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: dsrtsage

Well there are exceptions to every rule. I don’t think that would be the case across the vast spectrum though.


16 posted on 04/14/2014 9:40:58 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: SeekAndFind
Shearin also acknowledges that the idea of buying marijuana from a machine will likely have a "wow factor" that could help boost business.

"Like, wow, man!"

17 posted on 04/14/2014 9:47:23 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: dsrtsage

Perhaps we know each other, friend....lol


18 posted on 04/14/2014 9:55:28 AM PDT by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: SeekAndFind

So..in the USA you can not have an alcohol vending machine but you can have a Pot vending machines. .funny how that is


19 posted on 04/14/2014 10:04:17 AM PDT by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: I want the USA back

Because pot does seem to do two things:
1. Dumb you down.
2. Make you passive.


20 posted on 04/14/2014 10:07:02 AM PDT by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: jsanders2001

Sounds like a prelude to a racist voting machine.

How dare it ask for ID/verification!


21 posted on 04/14/2014 10:38:17 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: I want the USA back

Stupid assumption.


22 posted on 04/14/2014 11:09:53 AM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: tophat9000

Not always true.


23 posted on 04/14/2014 11:11:42 AM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: SeekAndFind

Are alcohol vending machines legal?


24 posted on 04/14/2014 12:21:47 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: SeekAndFind
Can they hook up a voting machine to it?

-PJ

25 posted on 04/14/2014 12:29:06 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hopefully they will have Doritos vending machines nearby.


26 posted on 04/14/2014 12:36:26 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: dfwgator; al baby; Albion Wilde; Allegra; BufordP; EveningStar; Gefn; GunsareOK; JRios1968; ...

They should just leave it in front of the steakhouse. Can you imagine all the money the restaurant would make from people with the munchies?

DANG!


27 posted on 04/15/2014 8:35:56 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (The PASSING LANE is for PASSING, not DAWDLING)
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To: tophat9000
1. Dumb you down. 2. Make you passive.

Shades of the opium dens in China.

28 posted on 04/15/2014 8:37:09 PM PDT by dfwgator
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