The California-based cannabis tech start-up Greenstop recently announced the launch of its all-new cannabis vending machines several select dispensaries of California. The self-serve kiosks are capable of serving four customers at a time. Greenstop’s new service is touted as the Smart Dispensary, and the kiosks are being looked at as self-service checkout lanes at grocery stores.
Cannabis is regarded as a substantial business vertical in the U.S., especially during a somber situation like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Greenstop’s new system offers dispensaries various solutions to maintain the safety of sales associates and customers during this critical time while conforming to the local regulations.
Founded in 2015 by Timothy Island and James Edwards, Greenstop had launched a prototype of the latest product in 2018. Following the recent launch of the product, the company now looks forward to raising up to USD 5 million to expand its operations across the U.S., starting with Los Angeles and California. The Smart Dispensary units are placed in two California locations, namely, The Healing Touch in Encino, and Marina Caregivers in Marina Del Rey. According to James Edwards, the new product has gained enormous attention owing to COVID-19. “A lot of people see the need not to have to talk to a budtender because, nationwide, you have to talk to a budtender to buy cannabis,” he stated.
The new pot vending machines feature an interactive display, with the entire menu uploaded on it. This allows the customers to read all the information about the different types and strains of cannabis. The temporary plexiglass shields fitted on to the kiosks provide a contactless buying experience. In the future, the company expects to start a mobile app for this service that would allow customers to research and place pre-orders from their mobile devices.