Pot Entrepreneurs Gone Wild

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 12:21 PM

By Michael Reagan

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Colorado — the home of legalized marijuana — is experiencing a birth of stoner entrepreneurs. Or maybe that should be entrepreneurs for stoner.
The American Green company (is there a pun in there somewhere?) has installed its first Zazz machine in Eagle-Vail, according to a report by United Press International.
So what’s a Zazz machine? It’s a marijuana vending machine and it’s located by the front door of Montana’s Smokehouse barbeque restaurant where customers with baked brains can eat baked beans along with their pork.
Greg Honan, the proud owner of the new machine, was quoted as saying, “We’re looking forward to using the ZAZZ machine to easily track all this inventory . . . we’re gonna eliminate the middle man. 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.”
Meanwhile, the customers lose track of time.
It all points out the incredible incoherence of the left’s social policies. Pot dispensing machines are the cutting edge of cool, but God help you if you want to install a cigarette vending machine. The whole issue reeks of double standards and doobies.
The machine features the latest in technology designed to reassure bystanders concerned about herb falling into the wrong hands. Bud buyers must swipe their driver’s license prior to purchase so as to verify age and identity. There are also “multiple cameras” that are designed to make sure the person doing the swiping is the person on the card.
I figure it will take an aspiring teenager — assuming he hasn’t smoked too much pot previously — about 30 minutes to devise a way to defeat the verification system. Honan is right on one point: Underage buyers won’t have to recruit an older straw buyer for their wacky tobacky, a savings right there, as the machine will let them do it themselves.
Meanwhile another self-starter in New York was exploring the market for home delivery. Jimmy Henry, a Long Island USPS mail carrier, was arrested for selling marijuana out of the back of his mail truck.
It could be Henry was concerned with the deteriorating financial position of the Postal Service and he wanted to conduct a market test. Since members of the Senate are already proposing USPS look at payday lending, it could have been that Henry thought door-to-door sales of chronic was another way to serve the same market.
Machines in Colorado and mail trucks in New York — it sounds like part of the plot for a Cheech & Chong comeback script, or the maybe the long-awaited return of "smokestack industry” to the United States.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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