California Dispensary Ushers In Legal Cannabis With Grasshopper Kiosks Vending Machine

Posted On: 1/8/2018

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OAKLAND, CA -- Grasshopper Kiosks has installed a pot vending machine in Berkeley Patients Group, the nation's oldest dispensary. Based in Berkely, CA, BPG was one of the few dispensaries in California that was licensed to sell adult-use cannabis beginning on Jan. 1.

The dispensary opened its doors to a waiting crowd, and Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin performed a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Reporters and photographers from both national and Bay Area television stations, newspapers and wire services covered the event.

Grasshopper's climate-controlled automated storage and dispensing system streamlines transaction times, tracks inventory and payments and collects real-time data about sales trends.  

Grasshopper's systems are ADA compliant and were designed to work in accordance with the complex regulations that govern California's legal cannabis industry. The system in use at BPG sells a variety of products, including pre-rolled joints, vape cartridges and edibles.

The system can be configured to handle only medical products or only adult-use products, and keeps track of those transactions separately for regulatory and taxation purposes.

Grasshopper Kiosks can also be stocked with a dispensary's most popular items, creating a "fast-lane checkout."

"We recorded over 70 transactions on the system on its first day," said Berkeley Patients Group chief operating officer Sean Luse. "We appreciate having a tool that not only helps customers conduct transactions quickly and easily, but also provides us with excellent data and revenue reports."