While some local authorities have made it their mission to complicate access to medical marijuana, an Aliso Viejo-based company has pioneered an invention that will make accessing medicinal pot almost as easy as pressing “A3.” Dispense Labs, whose parent company is The Dispensary Group, recently unveiled “Autospense,” a medical marijuana dispensing system that resembles a vending machine. But the “sophisticated” machine requires more than just the push of a button. Founder Joe DeRobbio revealed details of the 24-hour system to KTLA. Firstly, to use Autospense, you must have a medical marijuana prescription and be registered with a participating dispensary. Machines will sit outside participating dispensaries for the monthly cost of $1,500 to $2,000. Patients must swipe their registration cards, then enter a PIN number — just like using an ATM (only a different form of “green” is dispensed). The machine accepts cash, credit or debit, and once payment is received, a door opens granting access to the herbal remedy. You can take an AutoSpense Walkthrough on the company website. Pot pilferers, lower your hopes. When the dispensary closes, the machine will be guarded by a cage that can only be opened by the swipe of a registration card. DeRobbio also noted advanced security features, including fingerprint recognition, cameras and purchase tracking. The Dispensary Group is “committed to raising the level of legitimacy and accountability in the medical marijuana industry,” according to the website, and is “comprised of forward-thinking business leaders, healthcare advocates and technical experts.” The following key Autospense benefits are listed on the site:
*Enables patients to obtain medical marijuana in an orderly, business-like fashion. *Provides a safe, legally compliant and professional access to medical marijuana.
*Allows store owners and staff to properly manage inventory and distribution.
*Mitigates concerns and problems that have risen from community groups, political figures and law enforcement agencies.
*Legitimizes and introduces a higher standard of business efficiency to a market that is commonly known for being chaotic, poorly managed and counter culture.
*Ensures quality of medical marijuana inventory, which is tested by SC Laboratories, www.sclabs.com.
*Enhances security, accountability, supply chain management and profitability for store owners.
Currently, only one dispensary uses the system and is located in Santa Ana. Now, if they’re really forward-thinking, Dispense Labs will combine forces with Sprinkles and install their coveted product dispensers side-by-side.
via : LAist
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