skip to main content









Donation Heart Ribbon

Medical Marijuana Machines Could Find Home In San Diego

High-tech medical marijuana dispensaries could be popping up in several locations throughout San Diego in the near future.

Aired 3/12/13 on KPBS News.

Similar to a vending machine, the Medbox safely and securely dispenses medical marijuana.


Similar to a vending machine, the Medbox safely and securely dispenses medical marijuana.

Medbox Incorporated already has its boots on the ground here and aspires to open a maximum of 30 Medbox branded San Diego dispensaries for both new and existing consulting clients in Southern California.

Medbox CEO Bruce Bedrick said the dispensaries are an amazing opportunity for the company and an answer to the city's on-going medical marijuana dispensary issues.

Bedrick said Medbox has already received deposits on 12 locations within the city of San Diego and will be accepting more clients as additional lease locations are identified.

Each of the dispensaries, according to Bedrick, is priced at $150,000 to build, including all related zoning permit assistance, technology costs for the company's patented Medbox dispensing equipment and everything else needed to erect the dispensary.

He also said Medbox is committed to legitimizing the authorized used of medical marijuana and creating a balanced and properly regulated industry.

In the meantime, the San Diego City Council is drafting an ordinance that would allow for safe access while also ensuring secured control of the drug. It's expected the ordinance will be finalized on March 19th, thereby opening the doors for a dispensary permitting period.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.


Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | March 12, 2013 at 2:32 p.m. ― 4 years ago

I like it.

Let's put one in the waiting room at the DA's office.

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'CAMMJ'

CAMMJ | March 13, 2013 at 6:26 p.m. ― 4 years ago

This is actually a good idea. There is a cup cake vending machine in Beverly Hills that seems to do pretty well:) The only issue I see (with MMJ) is being able to verify the patient is who they say they are. Also most patients won’t want this machine on "Main Street" as their privacy will be an issue but putting them in a discreet location will incentivize criminals.
Review California dispensary info (.com) for other considerations when starting a medical marijuana dispensary.

( | suggest removal )