Pot vending machines begin operating in Colorado

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COLORADO – As Colorado continues its experiment as one of the first states to allow legal marijuana use and sales, a “high” tech solution is coming to dispensaries.

A new vending machine promises to make pot purchases faster and easier, without being accessible to children.

The Vail Valley is no stranger to celebrities, but people here have never seen a celebrity like this.

Stephen Shearin is COO of the company unveiling Zazzz, the object of everyone’s photographs. This is the first pot product vending machine, which verifies a user’s age, starting with their driver’s license.

Shearin explains, “At which point multiple cameras would allow us to use some advanced biometrics to make absolutely sure that the person who swiped that card is the owner of that card.”

The Zazzz will not be out in the public. The machines can only be located inside a licensed dispensary.

Herbal Elements in Eagle Vail will house the first one. Owner Greg Honan is excited, “You can really stack inventory in a safe manner in a concentrated area.”

Shearin compares it to the automated express checkout at the grocery store, making this faster and safer. The machine will track pot products by using radio frequency id (RFID) chips, “There’s no theft issue. There’s no product disappearing.”

They say people shouldn’t worry about pot getting into the wrong hands.

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