CANADA: The vending machines at a Vancouver storefront look ordinary — but instead of spitting out gum or snacks, for a few coins they deliver medical marijuana.
For Can$4, the brightly lit “gumball” machine drops a plastic ball filled with the so-called “Cotton Candy” variety of the drug. The “Purple Kush” option costs Can$6.
But the really good stuff, said proprietor Chuck Varabioff, is “Pink Kush,” available from another machine the size of a fridge that delivers a wide range of marijuana in plastic bags heat-sealed for hygiene.
They’re all part of a booming medical marijuana industry that operates in a legal gray zone since a federal court ruling recently overturned Ottawa’s latest attempt to regulate its distribution.