Buying marijuana in Colorado could soon become as easy as buying chips, cookies, nuts, and soft drinks from the vending machine. The state, which may soon become the Silicone Valley of pot, now has a machine called “ZaZZZ” — its first pot edibles vending machine for medical marijuana users at Montana’s Smokehouse Avon, Colo. The “high-tech” gizmo, created by American Green, is the first model geared toward selling pot-infused snacks and other items at dispensary Herbal Elements in Eagle-Vail, Colo. It's seen as “the future of marijuana in Colorado.”

“I don’t think we’ve dreamed what it can do yet, and that’s the whole point. You start with this and you start making your way into the future. I think this is a great starting point, and we’re excited about it,” said Stephen Shearin, COO of the American Green parent company Tranzbyte, to Fox 31 Denver. The vending machine aims to eliminate the middle man, so it will go straight from the budtender right into the machine. This model would eliminate theft by patients, employees, and will prevent distributors losing track of the inventory. 

Currently, ZaZZZ is only intended for medical Marijuana users, where it will be in licensed stores to serve a purpose similar to an automated checkout line at a grocery. The pot vending machine "uses the same technology that checks age/ID fraud under the Control Meth Act. Your identity is confirmed against active biometrics. "The machine on display this weekend will not be taking medical cards, but we are prepared to integrate,” Shearin told The Cannabist.

Although ZaZZZ seems revolutionary for Colorado, companies Endexx and Medbox, in Arizona and California, respectively, have already developed their marijuana vending machines, but they are kept behind store counters, NPR reported. ZaZZZ users will have to have a valid medical marijuana card, and ID will have to be verified before they can get anything out of the vending machine. The green machine will not be operational until all compliance is confirmed. Herbal Elements is eager to have the pot vending machine at their dispensary but alerts the public in a tweet it is still awaiting the “OK” from authorities for its proposed use.