First Pot Vending Machine Debuts in Colorado - KMSP-TV

First Pot Vending Machine Debuts in Colorado

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A special type of vending machine came on Monday to Montana's Smokehouse Barbecue in Avon, Colorado.

 It's not the bubble gum and candy you find in most restaurant vending machines. This one is distinctly Colorado.

"The future is outside, and we're pretty excited about it," Stephen Shearin, CEO for Tranzbyte, said.

Stephen Shearin's company American Green is delivering the ZaZZ, which is the state's first marijuana edibles vending machine.

"Many people could look at this and say that's just a vending machine, and they'd be right but mostly wrong," Shearin said.

The machine will soon be stocked with goods from Herbal Elements from nearby Eagle Vail. They'll fill it with some of their most popular products.

"We're looking forward to using the ZaZZ machine to easily track all this inventory. We're gonna eliminate the middle man, it'll go straight from the budtender right into our machine. There's no room for theft by patients, employees, there's no way to lose track of the inventory," Greg Honan, owner of Herbal Elements in Eagle Vail, said.

However, buying a pot brownie won't be as easy as sticking in a few quarters for a Snickers bar.

You'll have to hold a medical marijuana card, and your ID will have to have to be verified, before you can get anything out.

As of now, the machine is just on display to help get the word out.

"Nothing will be sold out of the machine until we're 100% confident that all rules are being followed," Shearin said, "I don't think we've dreamed what it can do yet, and that's the whole point. you start with this and you start making your way into the future. I think this is a great starting point, and we're excited about it."

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