By Steve Elliott
One New York City-based company says they have the solution to controlling medical marijuana purchases: vending machines selling the herb in dispensaries.
Far from being as shocking as it might appear at first blush, Dr. Bruce Bedrick said his cannabis vending machine, called a MedBox, could actually help regulate medical marijuana sales, reports Fox5.
"Our technology is not a vending machine that is sitting out on the street corner," explained Bedrick. "These are 800-pound, armor coated machines that are sitting in dispensaries."
Patients would first be required to show their medical marijuana card to an employee at the dispensary before using the machine. They would then get a card which would allow them to make future purchases from the MedBox.
"This type of technology really helps regulate the industry," Bedrick said. "The software and the way the system is set up can limit the actual dispensing to patients."
"In our case, there's no free-wheeling marijuana around," Bedrick said. "There's no marijuana in big glass jars that's unaccounted for."