American Green, a vending manufacturer, has released the first marijuana vending machine. Called the ZaZZZ, the machines will sell pot and assorted edibles inside dispensaries with hopes of making business move faster in the ever-growing marijuana retail industry.
"They would swipe their driver's license, at which point multiple cameras would allow us to use some advanced biometrics to make absolutely certain that the person who swiped the card is the owner of that card," said Stephen Shearin, CEO of Tranzbyte, which owns American Green.
The first ZaZZZ unit was installed at a dispensary in Eagle-Vail, Colorado, where shop owner Greg Honan is eagerly awaiting its benefits. "You can really stack inventory in a safe manner in a concentrated area. … There's no theft issue, there's no product disappearing," Honan explained.
A radio frequency identification chip will reportedly track each product sold, and the developers aren't worried about the marijuana getting into the wrong hands. "I'm a father of a 12-year-old daughter, and I wouldn't want her having access to it, so we paid close attention to that," Shearin said.
Initially, ZaZZZ vending machines will not be placed in public locations, but only in licensed dispensaries.