Unscientifically speaking, vending machines probably account for most of our guilty eating, especially if we're cooped up in an office or craving strawberry Pop Tarts on the fly. Want a cupcake? Done. Meat? Um, okay, if you really want it.
Medical marijuana? Patients in Connecticut will now be able to join their buds in California and other West Coast spots.
According to Dr. Bruce Bedrick, CEO of Kind Clinics, a consulting firm for marijuana dispensaries, the drug is available for medical use only. Customers with a prescription would now simply be able to walk up to the machine, swipe a card, have their fingerprints scanned for identity purposes and walk away, green in hand.
“It is the most safe, secure, legally compliant marijuana dispensary system available,” Bedrick told WWLP-TV in Massachusetts. “The technology was created in order to have a safe, efficient and regulated way to dispense the drug.”
Bedrick also leads Medbox, the firm that manufactures the machine. Since the Connecticut House of Representatives voted to legalize the medical use of marijuana in April, Medbox opened an office in Hartford to serve in this new market.
According to Bedrick, this new state-of-the-art marijuana dispensary system is absolutely flawless, and is already booming in other states.
Can a system meant to dispense a taboo (and still largely illegal) drug be totally unblemished? When asked how abuse of the product will be prevented, Bedrick stated that limits will be outlined for all users.
“That’s a great question and a benefit of the Medbox clinics model,” said Bedrick. “The state is going to create certain limits ... in a certain time.”
While Bedrick and those at Medbox are optimistic, others aren’t as thrilled. Prasad Srinivasan, a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, has his reservations.
“This is supposed to be dispensed in a relatively ideal way,” said Srinivasan. “What the ideal way is, we do not know.”
If the prospect of an automated box O’ bud still seems a little bizarre, the good folks at Kind Clinics have released a video demonstrating how the machine will work. Medical marijuana users, the future is here.