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Seattle Debuts First Pot Vending Machine

Vending machines are no longer just for snacks in Seattle, where residents can now buy medical marijuana through the user-automated technology. The ZaZZZ marijuana vending machine debuted Tuesday morning inside Seattle Caregivers medical-marijuana dispensary. The company behind the vending machine, American Green Inc., billed it as the first age-verifying, climate-controlled self-service dispensary. Seattle Caregivers will stock the machine, which features a “wide range of medicinal and recreational marijuana flowers, pot-infused edibles, and merchandise.” The machine uses an ID-scanner to verify a buyer’s identity and age before dispensing the pot. American Green President Stephen Shearin said about five more machines are slated for Seattle and Washington state, with more to come in Colorado, California, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Alaska, Reuters reports. The machine is an upgraded version of the first ZaZZZ machine, which only carries edibles and opened last April in Colorado.