Patients using marijuana to alleviate suffering from chronic pain and other ailments will soon be able to purchase their medical marijuana from vending machines 24 hours a day in Los Angeles County. Vincent Mehdizedeh, an inventor and owner of two of the three current vending machines says these machines will provide convenient access, lower prices, safety and anonymity.
The medical marijuana machine requires a fingerprint to identify patients along with a pre-paid card before a green envelope with pot falls down the slot of the machine. Currently, doses are only dispensed once a week per user with each purchase yielding 1/8th or 2/8th of an once with a cost of $40.00 Don't get too excited, you still need a medical marijuana card to be able to purchase marijuana and the Federal Government is doing all they can to shut down these machines. The DEA along with other federal agencies have been actively shutting down marijuana dispensaries in Los Angels County, Orange County and any county within California that allows these machines in their community. They have been charging operators with felony charges for distribution any time they locate a dispensary.