Pot vending machines take root in Los Angeles Machines distribute the drug to people with cards authorizing use

LOS ANGELES - The city that popularized the fast food drive-thru has a new innovation: 24-hour medical marijuana vending machines.

Patients suffering from chronic pain, loss of appetite and other ailments that marijuana is said to alleviate can get their pot with a dose of convenience at the Herbal Nutrition Center, where a large machine will dole out the drug around the clock.

"Convenient access, lower prices, safety, anonymity," inventor and owner Vincent Mehdizadeh said, extolling the benefits of the machine.
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But federal drug agents say the invention may need unplugging.

"Somebody owns (it), it's on a property and somebody fills it," said DEA Special Agent Jose Martinez. "Once we find out where it's at, we'll look into it and see if they're violating laws."

At least three dispensaries in the city, including two belonging to Mehdizadeh, have installed vending machines to distribute the drug to people who carry cards authorizing marijuana use.

Mehdizadeh said he spent seven months to develop and patent the black, armored box, which he calls the "PVM," or prescription vending machine.


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this article does continue, i forgot to put the extra periods in.

i am not a huge fan of pot, never been high, but i thought this would make for an interesting conversation, and set up to the follow up story.

How many quarters do you think you'd need to pump in to get an OZ??

Couldnt you see the pothead beating up the machine when the little spinner thing didnt turn far enough and his bag didnt drop down??

What if the machine vended cocaine too, and none of the coke heads could use it because all their bills were all rolled up and the machine wouldnt take them??

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