Vending machine markets in everything

by on August 14, 2008 at 7:53 am in Medicine | Permalink

Medical marijuana, and right here in our own California.  But it’s not so easy either:

…you can’t just walk in,
drop a few coins and roll out with a bag of weed. The machines are
situated in dispensaries, and surrounded by armed guards. We suspect
the latter is to stop the machines getting ripped off, not to harass
the legitimate users.

So how do you get your
fix? You need to be preapproved by your doctor and then give a
fingerprint. After that you get a card detailing your prescription.
Head to the machine, 24-7, and pick up your baggie.

The article details many other interesting vending machines, of course with an emphasis on Japan.  Here are my previous posts on vending machines.

josh August 14, 2008 at 8:02 am

This wink-wink kickback to the AMA seems really expensive. I wonder if they will ever get rid of the middle man if it means admitting to wanting real legalization.

Brad L August 14, 2008 at 4:15 pm

We suspect the latter is to stop the machines getting ripped off, not to harass the legitimate users.

I would think it is also so that legitimate users (pun intended?), many of whom are ill already, don’t look like a walking ‘Free Drugs’ sign to people that might like some free drugs.

Troy August 15, 2008 at 5:39 pm

I agree with Brad. Shouldn’t we expect muggings to go up significantly in these areas? Free pot…

anna May 14, 2009 at 10:27 pm

the title and the content are different

kate May 14, 2009 at 10:28 pm

you should change your title

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