Pot Sales Go Hi-Tech

Marijuana sales in Colorado just went hi-tech. Colorado just debuted its first pot machine on April 12, according to Denver's Fox 31 television news. The machine, which is the first specializing in medical marijuana edibles machine, is only on display for the time being.ZaZZZ, the 21st Century "automated age-verifying dispensing machine," was unveiled at Montana's BBQ restaurant in Avon, Colo. It is scheduled for permanent installation at the Herbal Element's medical dispensary in Eagle-Vail, Colo. The machine uses radio frequency identification tags to validate the customer's eligibility to purchase the product.

"This day has been eagerly anticipated by hundreds of people," said David Gwyther, the president of Tranzbyte, a Tempe, Ariz.-based company whose American Green division makes the machine. "From shareholders to the media, competitors to possible clients, there have been eyes on this event. We are excited to announce it and are looking forward to hosting it, but most of all, we are keen to bring what we consider groundbreaking technology to the market."

"We wanted to do something a little more than plug in the machine and take a picture," said Stephen Shearin, Tranzbyte's COO. "So, we planned a small event for 200 of our closest friends to come, touch, use, and experience ZaZZZ. The machine will be the star -- placed on a stage for all to experience after a few brief words and while enjoying the great barbecue at Montana's. Come for the show, stay for the fun."
Marijuana can cost as much as $500 an ounce, but the bargain hunting cannabis consumer can find a deal if they search. Once upon time, a pothead could buy a "dime" bag, which got the name because an ounce was $10. Of course this was back in the seventies and the price has gone up considerably since those days and a dime bag now refers to ten dollars of product. Marijuana is no longer a back alley deal in some states like Colorado - it's gone main stream. The prices are publicized and the market is transparent. This transparency has created good old fashioned competition for smokers' dollars and with that comes coupons. Who doesn't love a discount? These websites offer deals that even a dealer couldn't offer and borrow heavily from successful retail sites like Groupon and Yelp. Canna-saver is all about the deals and saving. Coupons are featured right on the home page with featured coupons on one side and then deals by store on the other. One coupon offers a free joint just for checking out the store. Starbucks doesn't even offer that. Some deals have an expiration time, so customers will want to check back for the latest. This site gets the seal of approval from classic cannabis comic Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong fame. If his cartoon image doesn't sway you, then you aren't a real smoker. Sticky Guide is a cannabis rating and review site. It can be used in California, Colorado and Washington. The site lists various dispensaries and rates different strains of marijuana. It also features a coupon menu by zip code and neighborhood. The deals range from a free gift to new members to discounts on the first order. The deals are targeted to new customers with the hopes that they will stick to that location. There were even Valentine's specials on edible candies. A new patient could probably shop around and get first timer discounts at the various dispensaries until they finally decide on their favorite location. This discount marijuana site plays on the Groupon model with the top banner saying Growpon, but the address is cannabis coupon codes. It claims to be the leading seedbank and headshop discount site. They want to save customers cash on their stash. This site does have a seed specialty that the others don't seem to have. There are deals on drying cabinets, grow lights and various hydroponic accessories. They also separate the cheap seeds (13 euro for five seeds) to the premium like White Widow that goes for 47 euro for five seeds. The site also shows which deals are the most viewed.

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