Several weed vending machines have started popping up in Colorado to help buyers get their products quickly.
People who have visited marijuana dispensaries in America will know the buying process isn’t fast if you don’t know exactly what you want.
Sellers usually like to give shoppers a good run through of all the products so they can walk away with exactly the right bud, oil or edible.
This can sometimes lead to hours-long queues, which is hardly what you want when you just want to duck in and out of a store
That’s why the Anna weed vending machine is being distributed to help buyers get their product quickly.
According to The Denver Post, four ‘tricked out vending machines’ have been launched inside the Strawberry Fields dispensary in central Pueblo.
They’re set to debut at another dispensary in Colorado – Starbuds in Aurora – later this year.
The company plans to launch in Massachusetts next month and open more stores in Colorado. By 2021, it aims to have stores in Nevada, California and Canada too.
Anna founder and CEO Matt Frost told the Colorado newspaper this new machine will hopefully cut down wait times for people who know what they want.
He said: “There are experienced cannabis customers who don’t necessarily need that one-on-one interaction with a budtender.
“They know what they want before they walk in, they’re ready to go in and out. By doing this we’re giving more time back to the people who do need hand holding and want that education from a live person.
“With Covid and social distancing and contactless, definitely we have an appeal there, as well.”
Because the machines are installed inside a dispensary, it will stop underage people from getting access to the quick weed.
You still have to show ID and check in to use the vending machine.
But once you’re in, you can browse through the offerings on the 27-inch screen and peruse until your heart’s content. Once you find what you’re looking for, the machine will dig into its inventory and deliver what you desire.
The whole process only takes a couple of seconds and the Anna vending machine can hold up to 2,000 products. You can even pre-order on the app and pick up your bud even quicker.
Matt Frost hopes to expand the machines to have edibles and CBD products in the future, but he needs to see how they perform in the Colorado and Massachusetts markets.
He added: “The partnership that we’re about to strike I have to keep under wraps for now, but [it’s] a very significant CBD distribution opportunity that we’re excited about. I think you’ll be seeing this rollout absolutely in the fall.”