Canada’s First Cannabis Vending Machine Starts Operation


The very first cannabis-dispensing machine in Canada has now begun operation in Vancouver, and it doesn’t even ID you. It contains a variety of different strains and flavors, and was installed at the headquarters of the BC Pain Society.

“It’s packaged up and sealed professionally. So you come in, you buy your product, it’s fresh, it’s quick and easy, and you’re out of here in minutes. Our regular members, they already know what they want, they can walk up straight up to the vending machine and get in and out quickly. They also know we’re not recording any of their sales, and they’re also happy with that.” – Chuck Varabioff,  BC Pain Society

Despite cannabis still being illegal, medicinal or not, courts recently determined that some legal source is needed to a “reasonable” degree. It’s clear that the majority of the population is moving in favor of the decriminalization of the plant.

Cannabis has made a lot of noise lately all over the world with Colorado recently legalizing it, and other states legalizing it for medicinal use, the push for full legalization continues. The Uruguay parliament recently voted to create the world’s first legal marijuana market.

All of this awareness should be taken with a grain of salt. Yes, the anti-tumor effects of cannabinoids and THC have been demonstrated for quite some time now, but that doesn’t mean smoke up. 

In the 1980′s,  cannabinoid receptors were discovered in the human brain, which made it obvious that our body has to synthesize something that binds to these receptors. Our bodies produce these compounds in our own endocannabinoid system, which is now known to be responsible for a number of biological functions. This is why the plant has such a wide therapeutic potential for multiple diseases, including cancer. This has been demonstrated time and time again by scientists all over the world.

What people often fail to realize is that these studies do not advocate smoking marijuana. If you eat cannabis that does contain THC you will not get high. Smoking it does not give the same results as eating or juicing the plant.

“If you heat the plant, you will decarboxylate THC-acid and you will get high, you’ll get your 10 mg. If you don’t heat it, you can go up to five or six hundred milligrams & use it as a dietary cannabis….and push it up to the Anti-oxidant and Neuro-protective levels which come into play at hundreds of milligrams” – Dr. William Courtney

With such a large pro-cannabis movement developing, it can influence our youth into thinking that it is okay to smoke marijuana everyday. Truth is, it’s not, and it can be particularly harmful to a brain that isn’t fully developed. I personally believe the plant should be used for occasional recreational purposes, using balance control and caution. I believe it should predominantly be used for medicinal purposes as it has a wide range of benefits and could be used to replace many pharmaceutical drugs.

One thing we must be concerned about is Genetically Modified cannabis. With such a big push for medical marijuana, there is no doubt that both the biotech and pharmaceutical corporations will step in, control and take advantage.

Since the plant has such a wide range of therapeutic benefits, we should be doing all that we can to make sure that we have access to clean, organic, GMO free medicinal marijuana.


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