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Autospense vending machine offers high-security solution for managing medical marijuana

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May 13, 2012

Autospense medical marijuana vending machine

Autospense medical marijuana vending machine

The Autospense vending machine by a Californian company Dispense Labs LLC is designed to allow easy access to medical marijuana for those who need it, while keeping it safely out of reach of those who merely want it. This machine is far more sophisticated than your average snack dispenser though - locks, cameras, sensors and proprietary software all add up to a high-security turnkey solution for dispensing, tracking and managing medical marijuana.

First of all, it’s members only, as you need to register with a particular dispenser. With your registration card, you can make your way through the security vending cage. However, swiping the card is not enough - you also have to enter your PIN number and have your fingerprints scanned. Once you’re done with security, you can finally make your purchase, the old school way, i.e. by selecting the right item on a touch screen and making a payment (cash, credit or debit card).

Surveillance cameras and sensors obviously make tampering with the machine very difficult, but they also provide important data that can be presented to concerned authorities at any time. Not only does the machine know who goes in and who goes out, but it also takes care of stocktaking and purchase tracking. Company founder and CEO Joe DeRobbio hopes that these security measures, coupled with a registration-only scheme and a high level of security, will convince lawmakers that medical marijuana can be dispensed in a safe and organized way.

“Autospense, a stand-alone machine embedded with a customized software solution, aims to become the model for government compliance and will bridge the gap between storeowners and governmental agencies with its accurate tracking and management of medical marijuana,” says DeRobbio. “In addition to improving financial accountability and security for storeowners and patients alike, Autospense addresses issues at the state and federal level with 24/7 tracking and electronic reporting capabilities.”

Although legal in California since 1996, the use of medical marijuana remains banned under the provisions of federal laws. The Supreme Court ruled that those restrictions may also be enforced in states allowing medical marijuana, so the legal ground is rather shaky.

Currently there is one Autospense vending machine operating at The Dispensary Store in Santa Ana, Orange County.

Source: Autospense via The Orange County Register

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Jan Belezina Formerly in charge of Engadget Poland, Jan Belezina's long time fascination with the advance of new technology has led him to become Gizmag's eyes and ears in Eastern Europe.   All articles by Jan Belezina
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4 Comments

Swell machine. Will it fit in the bed of a pickup truck?

Eddie
14th May, 2012 @ 01:39 am PDT

They have had these in LA for a couple years now. I've never used one but I want to just because.

hellno187
14th May, 2012 @ 11:41 am PDT

Yeah these guys have not been around for a couple of years...that's Medbox. Autospense looks like they may be a copy-cat...they are getting sued

MMJ
15th May, 2012 @ 12:52 pm PDT

I guess the next step for this technology will be the dispensing of Large Sugared Sodas, TransFat Snacks and Candy Bars in New York City.

Timothy Sisson
11th July, 2012 @ 05:42 am PDT
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