Marapharm Ventures Inc. Plans To Pilot Pot Vending Machines

Posted On: 12/1/2016

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Marapharm ACM, Automated Cannabis Machine, pot vending machine KELOWNA, BC -- British Columbia's Marapharm Ventures Inc., a company that cultivates medical marijuana, said it is piloting two pot vending machines. The Marapharm ACM, or Automated Cannabis Machine, provides inventory management, user privacy and secure product storage, among other features, according to the company.

Initially, ACMs will be located within retail outlets or dispensaries in Washington and Nevada. The machines will only sell Marapharm products in states where Marapharm owns the cultivation facilities and is licensed as a retail dispenser. In other areas, machines will be leased to growers or be placed in retail outlets and dispensaries under revenue participation agreements. 

"Bank machines work well inside a bank, so it's reasonable to think that a cannabis machine will work well inside a cannabis store," said Marapharm chief executive Linda Sampson. "Our machines are a state-of-the-art way for dispensaries to reduce staffing requirements and fulfill orders in a compliant and expeditious manner."

Marapharm said it is in discussions with several large casinos in Las Vegas to place ACMs in their facilities.

Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia now have laws legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana in some form. Three other states will soon join them after recently passing measures permitting use of medical marijuana. Seven states and the District of Columbia have approved laws that legalize marijuana for recreational use. In November, California, Massachusetts and Nevada all passed measures legalizing recreational marijuana.