Marijuana vending machines coming to a recreational pot shop near you?

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Photos, video below.
As Colorado moves forward with implementing Amendment 64, ganjapreneurs are busily trying to figure out ways to cash in on what some are predicting will be a million customers in these parts once the recreational retail system gets rolling. Among the brainstorms: marijuana vending machines. But while Colorado's sophisticated pot users may be fine grabbing Cheetohs from such devices, it remains to be seen whether they'll be willing to do the same when it comes to weed.

The concept is far from brand new. A video below featuring Medbox, arguably the best known manufacturer of the gadgets, dates back to 2011, and over recent years, such vending machines have turned up at medical marijuana dispensaries in a number of states. Here's a look at a Medbox model shared in a recent piece on the topic published by the Huffington Post....

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...while this one is manufactured by Phoenix-based Endexx:

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Even so, the recreational laws passed in Colorado and Washington open up the possibility of an untapped and lucrative market -- at least according to execs at Medbox and Endexx.

Don't expect to see pot vending machines next to Westword racks outside your neighborhood King Soopers anytime soon, though. With even more-or-less pot-friendly communities like Denver looking to put the brakes on rapid cannabis-biz expansion, not to mention concerns about underage people lighting up, there's little chance they'll be installed anywhere other than licensed marijuana retail outlets -- many of which will likely prefer to sell their own stuff directly to consumers rather than cutting in yet another outside vendor.

Moreover, anyone who's ever read a review by medical marijuana critic William Breathes knows that all cannabis isn't created equal. The variations even among the same strains can be enormous, and proud pot nerds wouldn't think of laying down green for green without smelling and physically examining samples for seeds, bugs, trichome coverage and more. And prepackaging pot can negate many of its best qualities even as it recalls the bad old days when future connoisseurs had to make do with Mexican brick weed.

In short, marijuana isn't like a Kit-Kat bar -- the same every time. As such, marijuana vending machines are likely to be more popular in places where that fact isn't as well known as it is in Colorado.

Here's the aforementioned Medbox video.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Medical marijuana revenues in Colorado for 2012: $199 million-plus."


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Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Let's put it this way: Ever see a beer vending machine in the US? Even cigarette vending machines are pretty scarce if they're actually still around anywhere (maybe in bars...hmm...)

I like the idea of a vending machine, but given that it has to be in a licensed establishment anyway, I'm not entirely sure what the point is, except to keep the employee count down at a gangapreneur's joint. I mean, in theory, you would only need a few machines, and no employees, but an industry such as this should have personal service. It all comes down the whether those machines can pay for themselves and whether people prefer personal service. Either way, someone's got to card them before they get to the machine.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

All the ignorant fuckwits who via A64 surrendered TOTAL CONTROL of Marijuana over to Prohibitionist Politicians, the Insatiable Dept. of Revenue and the Law Enforcement Goons who've been running the drug war against them all these years -- in exchange for A PATHETIC OUNCE! -- should be FORCED to purchase their wretched schwag from vending machines ... just like those stale 25¢ peanut and gumball march-of-dimes machines found in old gas stations and truck stops.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Does anyone have a truck and dolly for the evening ?

Monkey
Monkey

We have machines that water/feed plants, machines that apply pesticides and mold inhibiters, machines that trim flowers, machines that extract resin, machines that test potency, machines that package, machines that vaporize.....Machines that sell the shit is not surprising, it's the next step in a fully automated weed market. What's the difference between a budtender and a vending machine anyway? If they could, they would ban people from the weed industry all together , regulating machines is much easier than regulating people. The real connoisseur is already disgusted with how automated weed world has become, and seek out the private reserve that's not available to the general public. That's why the "industry" will always try to keep the micro-grows from competing, you don't make money from connoisseurs, you make it from stupid customers that don't know any better, and buy whatever you want to sell them. 

Robert Street
Robert Street

Um no, I wouldn't buy a old, dried out, overpriced nug, from a vending machine that takes $100 bills with some hobo hiding behind it, waiting to rob my ass.

James Sanders
James Sanders

Colorado. Glad I lived there for three years. What a cool state.

Steve Simpson
Steve Simpson

If the price is low quality won't matter. People will flock to it same as cheap beer out sells custom beers. I cannot always afford the good stuff and cooking bud will do.

Chris Thomas
Chris Thomas

I am waiting for 2014 for my first vacation in Colorado,Is Denver going to be a nice place to start? with the recreational MJ ?

Chris Thomas
Chris Thomas

I am patiently waiting for the first of the year to have my first Colorado vacation !!!!

Randy E. Skunk
Randy E. Skunk

No such thing as a recreational pot shop, the idea has been banned in just about every city and or county in colorado! So no, vending machines will be ousted before coming to fruition! I know I voted for pot and all I seem to have is a headache from over regulation that has made it impossible to actually get any pot.

Justin Day
Justin Day

anything can happen but how does it stop children under the age of 18 from purchasing it. I like weed but Im not sure it would be the best thing to have out here in terms of regulations on how close they are to schools as well.

CloudGang
CloudGang

Why would anyone allow government to tax marijuana sale? Do tell.

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

Skip the line, save yourself some time. You don't need the full bud bar presentation every trip.

Matt Baca
Matt Baca

Let's focus on being able to buy if from shops first Colorado. The dullards at the Capital Building can't even make that happen yet.

Ed Haas
Ed Haas

Of course I would, as long as I trusted the dispensary who was stocking it. PinkHouse Pearl comes to mind.

David Spohn
David Spohn

Been waiting for it my whole adult life! Yes I would!

Nick Murphy
Nick Murphy

That just sounds like theft waiting to happen!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The kind of fools and tools clueless enough to purchase pot from a vending machine are the same losers and morons who voted for A64.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident 

Libertoonians and Closeted Anarchists fantasize of a world where Saturday Night Specials and Loaded Ammo Clips are available via Vending Machines at gas stations everywhere ... no stinkin' background check needed!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey ... 

** Regulation Works! ** ... resistance is futile, you will be assimilated. 


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Jason Garrison  Until the company has developed a product reputation, I'll wait for MY 1st harvest !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay  Not necessarily my friend . I agree at 1st, & I have no desire to be the 'test-dummy', but this IS totally doable ....

CloudGang
CloudGang

I see. Well if its for the kids than it must be good.

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