California Opens First Weed Vending Machine: Rad or Bad?

News 2012/04/24 22:00:00
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Japanese vending machines sell everything from beer to veggies, so why shouldn't California set up vending machines for its biggest cash crop? Well, it's illegal for starters, but that's not stopping The Dispensary Group from launching the state's first automated marijuana dispenser so patients can get their relief when the shops are closed. Of course, you need a medical marijuana card to use it, and there are a few more "by the ways" for potential customers.

According to Dvice, the machine (called the AutoSpense) requires a special swipe card, a thumbprint, and a pin code to function. Oh, and it's under constant surveillance. We assume an electrified metal cage comes down around you and alerts a SWAT team if you get the pin code wrong, but then again, we're just guessing. So, tell us: Does California's first weed vending machine sound like a good idea?

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  • Incognito 2012/04/25 16:30:50
    Our government claims that Marijuana is illegal because it is a health hazard. Meanwhile, cigarettes and alcohol, which are far worse for your health are legal. Not to mention pharmaceuticals, some food additives, and other things in our enviornment, remain to be huge obstacles to good health. So where is the logic?
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  • Lerro D... Donn Wr... 2012/04/26 14:00:03
    Lerro DeHazel
    Exactly! You actually answered your own Question while you were asking it! In fact, to take it to the next level; to set priorities, just simply build bigger & better Prisons . . . The United States Department of Justice . . . Federal Correction System. If it means locking up those who can't see, then we go after the blind . . . EVERYONE who breaks the Law! I have to agree.
  • Incognito Donn Wr... 2012/04/26 16:36:22
  • Donn Wr... Incognito 2012/04/26 17:20:04
    Donn Wright
    Love the pic with the twin towers, it's the best I have seen!
  • Incognito Donn Wr... 2012/04/26 17:49:38
    Yes I agree, the picture speaks volumes.
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  • john Lerro D... 2012/04/25 18:29:09
    Yes, lock people up for smoking pot, that seems like the right idea.
  • Lerro D... john 2012/04/25 18:48:53
    Lerro DeHazel
    Apparently it's not. But don't feel pregnant. Neither is enforcing the Law on the Illegal Aliens driving without a Drivers License and in the clearly-marked "Muni ONLY Lane" in the City of San Francisco. BTW, I think that it's the Illegal Aliens who first introduced the Vending Machines With Medical Marijuana, to the City of San Francisco. El Presidente should be receiving his monetary gifts, accordingly. The question is "in Pesos or U. S. Dollars?" . . . Or maybe even the Euro . . . In which the White House likes so much . . .
  • BelenColli 2012/04/25 15:23:35
    As long as its secure, its ok...
  • James E 2012/04/25 14:50:25
    James E
    I dont smoke weed, making it available does not force anybody to use it
    Alcohol is just as addictive with even more dangerous side effects (like increased aggression)
    why not legalize it, regulate it, and tax the crap out of it
    Tax the farms, tax the packagers, tax the retaliers,
    better than all the untaxed transactions going on now
    can't be any worse for you than cigarettes

    Instead of using the DEA, ICE, and all those other agencies to keep marijuana out of the US, grow it domesticly and regulate it
    and focus on the serious problem drugs like meth and crack
  • Incognito James E 2012/04/25 17:28:44
    Not to mention, there is always the risk of buying Marijuana off of the street that is laced with PCP, Crack, Spice or some other very dangerous substance.
    laced marijuana from streets
  • BIG BAD JOHN R. 2012/04/25 14:42:11
    It's Illegal. you know to many of our youth are sitting on their fat asses smoking dope, getting high, drinking and playing their video games and living off their parents and the state. Funny, no when I was a kid if you wanted money you went out and earned it the old fashion way, You went out and found someone to pay you for something you did for them, washing there car, cutting their grass not smoking it, plowing a field. The youth today think they should have it all and not have to work, to them playing games that their minds are so stoned they think that's life.
  • Donn Wr... BIG BAD... 2012/04/25 16:05:03
    Donn Wright
    Quick question. Do you know why it's illegal?

    Quick answer. During the McCarthy era, the Government was afraid that if they allowed people to smoke weed, they would be too passive to resist invasion by those damn Ruskies.

    It's not pot that has created the dependent society we have now, it's a Government that has traded benefits for people that are paid out of the Treasury, in exchange for the votes for them to get elected or re-elected. People have become too damn lazy to work because they CAN. Throughout history, if you didn't work, you didn't eat. Now, all you have to do is sign up and the Government will support you from cradle to grave with money they stole from the working people of this once great nation.

    And whose fault is it that this has happened? We The People. We haven't been minding the store for decades, and it shows.

    "Politicians are like diapers. They both need to be changed frequently, and for the same reason". Mark Twain
  • BIG BAD... Donn Wr... 2012/04/26 01:34:24
    Nice one
  • Luiz F 2012/04/25 14:41:01
    Luiz F
    I'm gonna move to California
  • Incognito Luiz F 2012/04/25 17:25:25
  • BRIDGET 2012/04/25 14:15:20
  • ☽✪☾Goddess~Worshiper☥ 2012/04/25 13:57:44
    Weed is good for peoples health.. So why not? Also, it isn't hurting anyone. Weed is not as toxic as cigarettes. It comes straight from the ground, gets dried, chopped up and smoked. Nothing else. :)
  • Incognito ☽✪☾Godd... 2012/04/25 17:33:39
  • cosmicv... ☽✪☾Godd... 2012/04/25 17:44:58
    Or you could grind poppy seeds for opium too! :) or eat mushrooms. Or A long list of many natural things that can be unhealthy too. Rattle snake poison, dart frogs, etc. naturalness has nothing to do with it being safe! I hate this argument. Though I'm not against weed.
  • terrryg 2012/04/25 13:47:11
    Not a customer, but don't see it as a problem for adults. As for fears of kids getting it this machine requires a special swipe card, a thumbprint, and a pin code to function.
  • KATLYN 2012/04/25 13:38:36
    not for me ,but for those who really do need it it could maybe work, its at least worth a try
  • Z-Wolf 2012/04/25 13:33:21
    I have an unhealthy love for vending machines. They're just so badass!
  • fitz 2012/04/25 13:30:57
    Why the hell not? The country's going to pot anyways.
  • Incognito fitz 2012/04/25 17:34:44
  • fitz Incognito 2012/04/25 22:39:24
    Looks like our cat except this one's fatter.
  • Incognito fitz 2012/04/26 16:38:50
    funny cat gif
  • DizziNY Incognito 2012/04/26 12:05:37
  • Incognito DizziNY 2012/04/26 16:45:37
  • john n Incognito 2012/04/27 04:07:15
    john n
    Sorry but the name Green Pussy isn't very appealing...
  • Incognito john n 2012/04/27 18:36:53
  • lucky 2012/04/25 13:16:44
    Also not very smart, wonder how long its going to take criminals to figure out how to outsmart the security and break into the machines.
  • Gwen 2012/04/25 13:03:14
    if it was really necessary...why not in pill form? My niece used it in pill form as prescribed by her Dr's during her chemo treatments for bone cancer and it was effective....I would not think it needs to be smoked if truly medical.
  • Yuki ~ ... Gwen 2012/04/25 15:31:17
    Yuki ~ ♦Lion King of PHÆT♦
    How it's taken in changes how it affects the body. Some people take medical marijuana for panic attacks, and that means taking it in pill form will do very little to help that. It's sort of like how people take it recreationally in different ways-- only beginners waste marijuana by chewing it straight-up and eating it, because that does almost nothing. =/
  • Gwen Yuki ~ ... 2012/04/25 16:42:35
    if one is going to smoke it for a panic attack...I can assume that their panic attacks are not that well managed. One should not be "chasing medicine" if possible....

    If it is recreational....then a machine is irrelevant.
  • Yuki ~ ... Gwen 2012/04/25 16:46:56
    Yuki ~ ♦Lion King of PHÆT♦
    No, I'm just explaining how different means of taking it affect how it works, and for different purposes. Marijuana has a calming effect on the body, which is why some people use it that way.
  • Incognito Yuki ~ ... 2012/04/25 17:36:14
  • KoAm 2012/04/25 12:56:30
    Reason 1,739 why I am glad I no longer live in California.
  • RoyJLores 2012/04/25 12:41:25
    i don't use recreational drugs anyway but i would never deny anyone the ability to use them as adults one problem I see is that a vending machine has no way to prevent minors from getting the stuff.
  • Jen RoyJLores 2012/04/25 13:43:18
    You have to have the correct pin, card and thumbprint......this is more security than I have at the BANK! I feel like this isn't going to be a issue, with minors getting pot, I mean it's not like they just can't get it at school or anything like that.....
  • Eddie 2012/04/25 12:28:07
  • Incognito Eddie 2012/04/25 17:38:15

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