EPICAN, a cannabis retail company in Jamaica, is looking to open cannabis vending machines at select locations once it gets necessary approvals from the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA). So far, one such machine is on display at the retail store in Market Place, Constant Spring Road, St Andrew.
Operating in a manner similar to food and drinks, the vending machines by Epican will have in-built security features to avoid potential abuse. After receiving clearance from a doctor for the use of medical cannabis, patients will be asked to register with EPICAN to join the members’ club, for which a card is issued. The registration process will also require the applicant to submit a thumbprint—one that will be required, apart from the card, for the purchase to go through at the vending machines.
“So you can’t lend it to your friend to buy for you. Won’t work, and this is because we have to ensure that anyone we sell to is registered to use cannabis or cannabis-derived products. So it is consistent with our efforts to meet as well as exceed government’s compliance requirements,” EPICAN’s chief executive officer Karibe McKenzie told The Sunday Gleaner.