No, this is not a story about Amsterdam. California vending machines will soon dispense medical marijuana. According to the UK's Guardian, which reported on the latest thing to hit the golden state, two Los Angeles medical marijuana centers plan on installing the machines.
The vending machines will provide a safe way for registered customers to secure medicinal highs after hours. The Herbal Nutrition Center explained that its clients will have to slide a card, greet a security guard, provide a finger print, and take a picture.
In California, along with ten other states, marijuana is legal for medical purposes. However, that's not exactly the case, as it is still illegal under federal law, which has supremacy. Thus, dispensaries escape prosecution in state court, but are still subject to federal criminal penalties if apprehended.
So are pot vending machines a little dangerous, or just another version of a 24-hour pharmacy?