Aliso Viejo company creates pot vending machine

From the Orange County Register:
A local company aims to make dispensing medical marijuana as simple and secure as a withdrawal from an ATM.

Aliso Viejo’s Dispense Labs unveiled today the Autospense, an automated dispensary that looks like a vending machine. Founder Joe DeRobbio prefers to call it a “dispensing system.” With its proprietary software and security features, he said, the Autospense bears little resemblance to a break-room snack vendor.

“These are very sophisticated machines,” he said.

The self-contained systems could be located anywhere, DeRobbio said, and the company will likely lease them to qualified dispensaries for $1,500-$2,000 a month. To use, patients must swipe a registration card, then enter a PIN number. Payment may be made with cash, credit or debit, then a door opens to release the product.

Well, that’s ingenuity for you.

Its probably a bad idea. Sophisticated thieves already use ATM skimmers to steal debit and credit card numbers, along with the PIN numbers needed to use the cards. The thieves then manufacture a new card with the stolen information and sell them for use.

It seems likely the same could be done with these vending machines. Whether the fingerprint identification could be circumvented, I don’t know.

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