Pot From Vending Machines?
The State of Washington is currently trying to figure out which businesses will be allowed to sell marijuana to customers, after voters approved a measure in November to legalize pot. The vendors that do wind up selling marijuana will be regulated by the state's Liquor Control Board.
But will those vendors sell pot out of… machines?
They might if one California-based company has its way. Medbox is trying to adapt its vending machines to dispense marijuana in compliance with the new law in Washington. Medbox currently operates machines which dispense medical marijuana to people in several states who have a prescription. Actually, the machines sit behind the counters of dispensaries and are used by store personnel, because current laws prohibit customers from buying pot directly from vending machines.
However, Medbox's founder says the machines could still be useful if they were placed in Washington, even though they could only be put in stores which are licensed to sell marijuana. He says that the machines are configured to calculate the proper taxes on pot sales, thus assisting vendors who have to keep strict tax records on the marijuana they sell.
These vending machines are built to dispense many different kinds of prescription medications, and can be set up so that a pharmacist can remotely oversee the prescription and the medication being dispensed. It also helps monitor inventory and store the drugs in a climate-controlled environment. Doctors currently use these machines so that they can provide medications to their patients immediately without them having to make another trip to a pharmacy.