California opens first marijuana vending machines
California’s first marijuana vending machines have opened today – but they’re strictly for patients who have been prescribed it for health reasons.
The Anytime Vending machines will be available to pre-paid credit card owners to stock up on weed whenever they need a joint.
Patients have to present a prescription and be fingerprinted before they can pick up their card that stores the dosage and type of drug prescribed.
Vince Mehdizadeh, owner of the Herbal Nutrition Centre in Los Angeles, where one of the first machines is based, said patients could get access to prescribed drugs after hours.
‘They’ll be greeted by a security guard right there. They’ll slide the card in and they’ll fingerprint in to verify that it’s them,’ he said.
‘A camera takes a picture of them, verifying that they’re actually at the machine. And they get the medicine and they move on.’
Owners believe that the AVMs could eventually become as common as vending machines for soft drinks and sweets and that they could also be used to dispense other prescription drugs like antidepressants or Viagra.