Colorado’s first marijuana vending machine about to start operation

AVON, Colo. — They’re calling it the future of marijuana in Colorado. No long lines and no sales person needed.

Marijuana entrepreneurs unveiled a high-tech marijuana vending machine in Eagle County Friday night.

The machine isn’t in use yet, but it went on display at Montana’s Smokehouse barbecue in Avon.

Stephen Shearin’s company, American Green, delivered the “Zazz.” It’s Colorado’s first marijuana edibles vending machine. “Many people could look at this and say that’s just a vending machine, and they’d be right but mostly wrong.”

That’s for sure. The machine will soon be stocked with goods from Herbal Elements from nearby Eagle-Vail.

“We’re looking forward to using the ZAZZ machine to easily track all this inventory … we’re gonna eliminate the middle man. It’ll go straight from the budtender right into our machine. There’s no room for theft by patients, employees … there’s no way to lose track of the inventory,” says Herbal Elements owner Greg Honan.

Buying a pot brownie won’t be as easy as sticking in a few quarters like  you would do for a Snickers candy bar.

You’ll need to have a valid medical marijuana card and your ID will have to be verified before you can get anything out of the vending machine.

But these folks are convinced they’re about to revolutionize their industry with the green machine.

“I don’t think we’ve dreamed what it can do yet, and that’s the whole point. You start with this and you start making your way into the future. I think this is a great starting point, and we’re excited about it,” Shearin says.

Again, the machine is for medical marijuana patients only. The entrepreneurs hope to have several of them in place soon.