Medical marijuana has been widely legalized; 21 states allow it. But recreational marijuana, as of this writing, is still only legal in a few states, notably, Colorado and Washington. And sure enough, human ingenuity has produced another market-conscious product: a medical marijuana vending machine. In fact, the company that invented it is here in Arizona.
No, you don’t just drop in a quarter and pull a lever. From reports on the machine’s debut in Colorado, there is a more involved protocol. First, medical marijuana customers must be admitted through security measures at the dispensary. Then, they must swipe their medical marijuana ID card through a device on the vending machine. State laws regulate the prices and the amount of product a customer may buy. Any question as to customer age or eligibility will stop the machine from dispensing.
It’s hard not to admire this fusion of low- and high-tech machinery. That being said, though, I can’t help wondering how long it will take for someone to find a way to misuse this new machine. Even though it is legal to use marijuana in certain situations, users or abusers who choose to drive impaired may still face charges and possible conviction. And to the best of my knowledge, there’s no button, lever or card scanner that will make those DUI consequences go away.
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