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TEMPE, Ariz. - A Tempe-based company is making big news when it comes to the sale of medical marijuana.

They've created a vending machine that dispenses marijuana and marijuana-infused products like brownies.

Before anyone gets the wrong idea, it's not as simple as just putting in a few quarters and making your selection like you do in a regular vending machine. The big difference is that these marijuana dispensing machines are only in dispensaries, and have some security checks before you can make a purchase.

At first glance, it looks like a regular vending machine but don't call it that to the makers of "Zazzz."

Stephan Shearin is the President and CEO of "American Green." The Tempe company makes Zazzz, an automated marijuana dispensing machine.

"It's always going to be in a secure location, and it does a system of checks to make sure the inappropriate person isn't being served. If there is any doubt, no cannabis comes out, is what we like to say," said Stephan Shearin.

Before you can use the machine, you have to put in your drivers license for a security scan.

"So then you insert your drivers license and pull that out, and we check against the same national database that you would be checked for if you were buying Sudafed at a pharmacy. And then we double check to make sure that the license is valid, and you're really the person who should be holding it," he said.

Zazzz has already been installed in Denver. It was first installed at the "Herbal Elements" dispensary last April.

"We're looking forward to using the Zazzz to easily track all of this inventory, we're going to eliminate the middle man," said Greg Honan with the dispensary.

Shearin says demand is growing for Zazzz in states that have legalized marijuana both medicinally and recreationally.

"The whole point of this is that it evolves with people's needs, and we're the technology company to help with that," said Shearin.

Prices for the marijuana range from $20 to $100, the same price as at the dispensary. How much you can buy is set by state law. Right now Zazzz is not being used in Arizona because state law mandates dispensaries manually input how much product a customer is buying.
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