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 Jan 3 - Recreational marijuana users could get pot from vending machines, company says
topic by GoldRush - 01-03-2013, 11:33 PM


If a California company has its way, recreational marijuana users in Colorado and Washington state will one day be able to get their pot out of vending machines.

Such machines are already in use in some states where medical marijuana is legal, but now the maker’s founder says the company is working to adapt the machines to comply with new laws in Colorado and Washington, where adults can legally use marijuana for recreation.

The vending machines for medicine require a fingerprint scan to verify the identification of the patient, which is then linked to a prescription on file.

But as Washington and Colorado figure out how to create a legal pot market for the masses, Hollywood-based Medbox, a public company, is offering up its expertise in convenient delivery systems.


"One day we envision these machines to be accessed, when it's allowed, 24 hours a day," Vincent Mehdizadeh, the founder and chief consultant of a subsidiary of Medbox that produces, installs and consults on the vending business, told NBC News. "One day in the future that may happen, but for now these machines sit behind the counter as an inventory control and compliance tool."

He said the Medbox machines and consultancy are in high demand in states such as Arizona, Massachusetts and Connecticut that have published medical marijuana regulations. Dispensaries use them to keep marijuana from being pilfered and comply with laws.


Medbox is now offering to work with Washington and Colorado officials who are mobilizing to create the framework for a legal marijuana industry - and to collect taxes on pot sales.

"These machines behind the counter act an inventory control and taxation tracking tool so that the states can effectively track the taxes and collect on them more efficiently with real-time reporting directly from the machine to the state database," Mehdizadeh said.

The company also helps operators get licensed in states that have licensing programs.

"We've probably been the most successful consulting firm in the marijuana business," he said.

Mikhail Carpenter, spokesman for Washington’s Liquor Control Board, said Medbox has been in contact with the state but at this point no outside vendors have been chosen to help with marijuana sales.

Under state law, marijuana and marijuana-infused products, Carpenter said, would have to be sold from inside the confines of a retail outlet.

“So I can’t imagine with the way the law is written that you would see vending machines on the street corner,” Carpenter told NBC News.

In November, Washington and Colorado voters passed initiatives to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Those laws went into effect last month.


In Washington state, voter-approved Initiative 502 made it legal for anyone 21 or over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, 16 ounces of “solid marijuana-infused product” (pot brownies and such) or 72 ounces of “marijuana-infused liquid.

Washington’s Liquor Control Board has until Dec. 1 to develop rules for implementation of its new recreational marijuana law.


Colorado, under Amendment 64 to the state Constitution, legalized not only recreational use, but also home growing, which is still illegal in Washington.

Growing, selling and possessing marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and the federal government is reviewing options in both Washington and Colorado.

President Barack Obama last month weighed in on the issue, telling ABC’s Barbara Walters the federal government has more important things to do than go after recreational marijuana users.


“We have bigger fish to fry,” he told Walters.

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 01-04-2013, 12:56 PMaway - #2
messy marv stan 1733 heat pts1733

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 01-04-2013, 01:02 PMaway - #3
ManWithoutFear! 2 heat pts

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ni##as need to make that wines and spirits vending machine. Get me some lix without having to go to the LQ spot seein' these dirtbag a$s ni##as mackin' on every #### in there with 2 legs.

"Good Choice Sweet Thang!"
 01-04-2013, 01:38 PMaway - #4
eCity 420 21 heat pts21

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Originally Posted by messy marv stan
niggggggggga!!!

do they got a buddys in WA
 01-04-2013, 01:40 PMonline - #5
erickonasis 13 heat pts13

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Weed <<<<<<<<
 01-05-2013, 12:39 PMaway - #6
Leezee 

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If they don't start making money off thisthen they all stupid
 01-05-2013, 01:28 PMaway - #7
jasperfect 2 heat pts

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I always said that if it's ever legal in NYC I would get in on the ground floor and become involved in selling but I feel like now they way it's going to be is each state will legalize it slowly and by the time it's legal or decriminalized here There will be a ton of people in other states ready to expand.
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Originally Posted by jasperfect
I always said that if it's ever legal in NYC I would get in on the ground floor and become involved in selling but I feel like now they way it's going to be is each state will legalize it slowly and by the time it's legal or decriminalized here There will be a ton of people in other states ready to expand.
yea its gonna be a slow drawn out process. probably wont even be legal nation wide in any of our life times but #### it.

and thats a good lookin nug in that first pic!!
 01-05-2013, 02:06 PMaway - #9
messy marv stan 1733 heat pts1733

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Originally Posted by ddubb21
thats a good lookin nug in that first pic!!

its a pic of the legendary girl scout cookies strain
 01-05-2013, 03:06 PMaway - #10
Drumatic50 6 heat pts

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They already had it then took it out, so they are putting it back?.....backwards a$s country


Cali, hold it down for the rest of us!!!!!
 01-05-2013, 03:12 PMaway - #11
Drumatic50 6 heat pts

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Originally Posted by erickonasis
Weed <<<<<<<<
Whats buddies?

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 01-05-2013, 03:51 PMaway - #12
Intoxicated 122 heat pts122

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Time to invest in this company.. I think I read somewhere that their stock has multiplied like crazy in the last couple months after they stared using these in CA and those various new marijuana laws passed.

I wish they had these in MD tho.. Already planning a business trip out to Colorado/Washington to check out some of these public weed bars/shops when they have that whole thing a little more est@blished and organized. Been wanting to try some different hash oils and all that other dank #### the dispensaries sell too.

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AiRDoGG923 5 heat pts

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Originally Posted by Drumatic50
Whats buddies?
maybe name of dispensary?
 01-05-2013, 04:25 PMaway - #14
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Man i love Saturdaysssss! PURPLE KUSH and ESTRELLA LAGER BEER. Enjoy Fellasss!
 01-06-2013, 01:40 PMaway - #15
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i prefer white widow and no beers jus a shot of


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 01-06-2013, 02:15 PMaway - #16
SpittN4Cash 11 heat pts11

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Weed + Munchies

...from the same vending machine...
 01-06-2013, 02:44 PMaway - #17
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Originally Posted by L.A's HiGhEsT


i prefer white widow and no beers jus a shot of

Funny thing is i was never a beer drinker until mid 20's and i love mixin weed and vodka also, YEEHAW!
 

 



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