Press a button, get a joint: Canadian company plans to make weed vending machines
Sure, budtenders can be helpful, but sometimes, if you already know what you want, maybe you want to press a button and get your bud? Doesn’t sound quite as fun to us, but if you’re into it, Signifi Solutions might have you covered. The Toronto-based company (which bills itself as “the automated retail experts”) is planning to put together a cannabis vending machine, which will reportedly deliver cannabis products without the aid of a human.
But wait, you say — how are they able to check ID? Checking ID is so last century — Signifi says the machines will use a system called the “Verified Identity Dispenser,” which will require you to sign up online first, before ever using the machine. And once you’re signed up, to use the machine, you’ll have to place your whole hand on the kiosk, at which point the vending machine will scan “the unique subcutaneous, internal vein pattern in the palm.” Cool?
Ready to go back to the budtender yet? They probably won’t scan your hand (but they will give you a high five!). If not, Signifi says they’re working with distributors and other companies to get the machines out in place soon. We do admit that buying cannabis in a public place from a vending machine does sound fun, but we’ll probably wait for the model that doesn’t have to scan your whole hand to do it.