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First cannabis vending machines in Los Angeles February 2, 2008

Posted by grhomeboy in Health.

The world’s first cannabis vending machines have been launched in Los Angeles, a recent report by MSN UK states.

02-02-08_cannabis_vending.jpg  But not everyone will be able to get there hands on the drug, as it will only be dispensed to people who have a legal medical prescription for it.

A choice of six different types of cannabis are available from the handy machines, which are protected by security guards 24-hours a day.

And Vince Mehdizadeh, the owner of the Herbal Nutrition Center, is hoping the move will promote more accountability in the medicinal use of the drug – which is legal in 11 states in the US.

Mr Mehdizadeh said: “It’s looking to be regulated, why not have it regulated in this way, with actual transactions, after transactions, being documented, so that state taxes can be paid, fed taxes can be paid and everything is lucid and clear and out in the open for all to see.”

Before being allowed to use the machines, patients are photographed, fingerprinted and entered into a database that helps keep track of their usage. They will then be issued with a prepaid security card, that along with their fingerprint ID, will allow them access to the drug at any time of the day.

California voters backed an initiative in 1996 allowing the smoking of marijuana for medical purposes – a use barred by federal law.

Related Links > http://news.uk.msn.com/Article.aspx?cp-documentid=7401141

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