|A marijuana vending machine in Colorado.|
At Arizona’s BC Wellness Center, a small retail shop in Black Canyon City, two black vending machines sit side by side behind a counter, where they can be accessed only by employees.Instead of Famous Amos cookies or soda pop, packets of buds and various cannabis-infused edibles and juices sit tucked into the rows of dispensing trays.
The machines are the flagship product of Medbox, one of the fastest-growing companies in the burgeoning industry of legal marijuana. Or, are they? Phoenix New Times‘ Ray Stern looks into a company that many of us in the legal marijuana world have yet to actually see despite how popular the company claims to be.
While you’re at it, check out this March 2013 piece on MedBox from our own Jack Daniel, “Helpful or Hype?”