Patients suffering from chronic pain, loss of appetite and other ailments that marijuana is said to alleviate can get their pot with a dose of convenience at Los Angeles’s Herbal Nutrition Center, where a large machine will dole out the drug around the clock, reports the Associated Press. “Convenient access, lower prices, safety, anonymity,” said inventor Vincent Mehdizadeh said.
Federal drug agents say the invention may need unplugging. Said DEA agent Jose Martinez: “Once we find out where it’s at, we’ll look into it and see if they’re violating laws.” Mehdizadeh said he spent seven months to develop the black, armored box, which he calls the “PVM,” or prescription vending machine. The box resembles a large refrigerator and stands inside the nearly empty shop, near a few shelves stocked with vitamins and herbs.The computerized machine requires fingerprint identification and a prepaid card with a magnetic stripe. Once the card and fingerprint are verified, a bright green envelope with the pot drops down a slot. At the Timothy Leary Medical Dispensary in the San Fernando Valley, a similar vending machine is accessible only during business hours.