May 7, 2014 12:41 am

Marijuana vending machine comes to Vancouver

A Vancouver medicinal marijuana dispensary has installed what they say is Canada’s first vending machine for pot.

“We put it in the vending machine to cut down on theft and handling,” says Chuck Varabioff of the BC Pain Society, located at 2908 Commercial Drive.

“It’s packaged up and sealed professionally. So you come in, you buy your product, it’s fresh, it’s quick and easy, and you’re out here in minutes.”

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The machine holds a variety of types of weed in amounts over an eighth of an ounce, and only takes cash. The society requires users to have a card that they only give out after reviewing a doctor’s form that certifies they need marijuana.

Varabioff says feedback from members has been “incredible” since they installed the machine three weeks ago.

“Our regular members, they already know what they want, they can walk up straight up to the vending machine and get in and out quickly.”

“They also know we’re not recording any of their sales, and they’re also happy with that.”

WATCH: Chuck Varabioff with the B.C. Pain Society and Lorinda Strang from the Orchard Recovery Center sound off on the new marijuana vending machine

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