Diatribe: Marijuana Vending Machines.
Back in my younger years, cigarettes used to be sold from vending machines in just about any place you could imagine. A cigarette machine could be found at the entrance to almost every restaurant, bar, filling station and bowling alley. Looking back, it seems like everyone smoked back then and it was relatively easy to buy cigarettes.
Where I grew up you were supposed to be eighteen years old before you could legally purchase tobacco products. So high school students were, generally, too young to purchase cigarettes legally and would frequently buy them from machines when older smokers were unavailable or unwilling to purchase them elsewhere on their behalf. Purchases from these vending machines were essentially made on the honor system … “I promise that I’m old enough to buy them legally” … so the system was abused all the time.
Guilty as charged.
I remember buying packs of cigarettes from vending machines for as little at sixty cents. And the machine would also dispense a complimentary book of matches! Smokers today routinely pay ten times that amount for a pack of cigarettes and many have never laid eyes on a book of matches! Last Friday, a marijuana vending machine made by American Green called Zazzz was unveiled in Colorado.
Biometrics aside, teenagers and criminals will undoubtedly figure out a way to manipulate and abuse these machines just like the cigarette machines were abused a generation ago. I can’t see how the pros outweigh the cons on this issue at all.
Do you think marijuana vending machines are a good idea?
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