California Ushers In Legal Cannabis With New Self-Service Automation

CALIFORNIA: Grasshopper Kiosks, the developers of the nation’s leading fully compliant self-service systems for the storage and dispensing of cannabis products, have installed a unit in Berkeley Patients Group (BPG), the nation’s longest continuously operating marijuana dispensary.

The Grasshopper automated self-service sales system streamlines transaction times, tracks inventory and payments, and collects real-time data about sales trends.  Grasshopper Kiosks sell products from a secure, climate-controlled, automated storage and dispensing system.

Grasshopper’s systems are ADA compliant and were designed to work in accordance with the complex regulations that govern California’s legal cannabis industry.

The system in use at BPG sells a variety of products, including pre-rolled joints, vape cartridges and edibles.

“The system has been purposefully designed for cannabis dispensaries, and can be utilized to accommodate and support a variety of business needs,” said Ron Christensen, Vice President of Grasshopper Kiosks. “For instance, the system can be configured to handle only medical or only adult-use products, and will keep track of those transactions separately for regulatory and taxation purposes. In this manner, the Grasshopper system not only streamlines transactions for customers, but also reduces paperwork and inventory challenges for employees.”

Grasshopper Kiosks can also be stocked with a dispensary’s most popular items, creating a “Fastlane Checkout” for customers on the go.

“We recorded over 70 transactions on the system on its first day,” said Sean Luse, COO at Berkeley Patients Group. “We appreciate having a tool that not only helps customers conduct transactions quickly and easily, but also provides us with excellent data and revenue reports.”

Marijuana Software Company Allows Pot Businesses To Liaise With Banks

COLORADO:  A Kansas City, Mo.-based software company has come up with a way to enable marijuana dispensaries to do business with banks.

Agrisoft Development Group is beta testing kiosks in a dispensary in Northglenn, Colo. that will allow customers to order and pay for weed, then have armored vehicles pick up the cash and deliver it to banks. The company also provides seed-to-sale tracking software to help its customer comply with Colorado laws.

When arriving at a dispensary, a patient or retail client scrolls through a list of products, including photos and pricing, inserts his identification card and feeds cash into a bill acceptor, which will provide change if needed. Customers also have the option of using a debit card.

The kiosk verifies payment and identification before printing out a receipt for the customer to take to the counter to get the product. At the end of the day, an armored truck service picks up the cash from the kiosk and delivers it directly to the dispensary’s bank.