- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 7, 2013

A company that makes medicine-dispensing machines, including ones for marijuana, hopes to open 30 such dispensaries in the San Diego area.

The Medbox system resembles a vending machine, but medical marijuana patients would swipe a prepaid card, press their fingerprint and browse for medicine, according to ABC10 News in San Diego.

The San Diego City Council will consider an ordinance that would issue permits for dispensaries. Medbox has already started taking deposits for the machines, which costs about $50,000.

“I think they key is for patients to get their medicine safely and securely, and if this a means for them to do that, then by all means, that’s wonderful,” Eugene Davidovich, a medical marijuana advocate with Americans for Safe Access, told ABC10.

Medbox CEO Bruce Bedrick said the company has opened 150 dispensaries throughout the United States and Canada in the past four years and that his machines have remained crime-free.

“It’s armor-coated. Second, it’s 800 pounds,” he said.