updated - February 17, 2020 Monday EST
Marijuana entrepreneurs introduced Colorado's first marijuana-selling vending machine as a new way to sell marijuana and related snacks to customers.
The machine is called ZaZZZ, which the creators say uses biometrics to accurately determine the customer's age, according to NPR.
The products are kept fresh due to ZaZZZ being climate-controlled.
The machine was displayed on Friday at Montana's Smokehouse barbeque in Avon, Colo., KXRM reported.
ZaZZZ was created by the company American Green. The machine will feature products from companies such as Herbal Elements from Eagle-Vail, Colo.
"We're looking forward to using the ZAZZ machine to easily track all this inventory ... we're gonna eliminate the middle man," said Greg Honan, owner of Herbal Elements. "It'll go straight from the budtender right into our machine. There's no room for theft by patients, employees ... there's no way to lose track of the inventory."
The first model of the machine will sell snacks and other items in Eagle-Vail once American Green has met all regulations, NPR reported.
Stephen Shearin of Tranzbyte, American Green's parent company, talked about ZaZZZ's other features, saying that it "uses the same technology that checks age/ID fraud under the Control Meth Act. Your identity is confirmed against active biometrics. The machine on display this weekend will not be taking medical cards, but we are prepared to integrate."
Shearin added that the machine will change the way marijuana products are sold, KXRM reported.
"I don't think we've dreamed what it can do yet, and that's the whole point," Shearin said. "You start with this and you start making your way into the future. I think this is a great starting point, and we're excited about it."
The vending machine is not currently in the open public, 9NEWS reported. Shearin said, however, that it may be a possibility in the future.
"As time and laws evolve, who knows where it will be," he said. "At that point, we'll have higher security. But, at this point, it's not something we have to address because versions one, two will never be in the town square."
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