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Marijuana vending machine makes debut in Colorado

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In what seems the natural next step to legalized pot, a Colorado company has brought forward a new vending machine that cuts out the middle man for marijuana sales and gives buyers a speedier, after-hours means of purchasing the drug.

It's called the Zazz machine, and it's produced by American Green, a company run by Stephen Shearin, United Press International reported. It made its debut at a dispensary in Eagle-Vail, Colo., at the Herbal Elements shop. The dispensary, in turn, set up the machine outside a local barbecue restaurant in Avon, UPI said.

"We're looking forward to using the Zazz machine to easily track all this inventory ... we're going to eliminate the middle man," said Herbal Elements owner Greg Honan, UPI reported. "It'll go straight from the bud-tender right into our machine. There's no room for theft by patients, employees ... there's no way to lose track of the inventory."

Vending machine users will have to swipe their driver's licenses to prove identity and age. Meanwhile, several cameras installed on the machine will then analyze the picture on the driver's license to ensure it matches with the person standing at the vending spot who is trying to purchase the marijuana, UPI said.

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