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    Cannabis vending machine trialled in New Zealand




    Vending machines normally cure the munchies with shelves laden with chips and chocolates, but one being trialled in West Auckland may well cause them.
    New Zealand's first cannabis club, the Daktory, has been using the machine - which sells one gram bags of cannabis for $20 - at it's New Lynn headquarters to avoid any of their members being charged with dealing the Class C drug.


    The hired vending machine is a standard dispenser but has been filled with cannabis rather than confectionery or toys.


    The Daktory was opened in November 2008 and boasted a membership of several thousand before its founder Dakta Green was jailed for eight months for possessing, selling and for allowing the Delta Ave warehouse to be used for drug taking in June 2011.


    The Solicitor-General later appealed the 61-year-old's sentence and it was more than doubled to 23 months.
    Following Green's sentencing the Daktory announced it was closing its doors to the public and would be used as the headquarters for the National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (Norml).


    But Norml president Julian Crawford confirmed the club was again open for business from Wednesday to Sunday.
    He said the vending machine had been a hit with guests with ''a few hundred sales'' taking place on busy nights.
    ''It has been very popular, quite a few people come here.''


    While conceding the machine had attracted some people simply interested in buying cannabis, Crawford hoped once inside the premises Norml could educate users on cannabis reform and sign them up to the cause.
    ''We want to grow the number of activists we've got, not just be like a tinnie house,'' Crawford said.
    Norml's membership had dwindled in recent years.


    Crawford said the vending machine was ''an example of how things could be'' if cannabis was legalised.
    It seems the Daktory's new invention hasn't gone down well with everyone.


    Crawford said a New Lynn police officer visited last week and informed him police would soon set-up a check point outside the clubrooms and speak with people coming and going from the premises.
    ''[The officer] said that there had been some directives higher up to take some action against the Daktory.''
    Crawford was relaxed about the impending sting and ''respected they had a job to do''.


    He has warned members not to leave the club with cannabis or to smell like they had consumed it as that would give police reason to search them.


    ''The presence of police is likely to drive people away but we don't see the club as a business so that doesn't matter... We'd prefer it was just the hardcore members here that support the legalise cannabis movement.''
    A Waitemata police spokesperson said the club was being monitored as part of ''normal routine policing''.
    ''Like everything, we keep a close eye on things.''


    Dakta Green, who changed his name from Ken Morgan in 2008, is expected to be released from jail in June and Crawford said he would return to the Daktory and cannabis activism.
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    Put them in schools.

    Enjoy the ensuing hilarity.

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    Hey, I didn't know it was based in West Auckland!

    Not a stoner myself, but this should at least cut-down on people having to deal with dodgy fellas. Now they have this convenience.


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    The vending machine "had been hit with a few hundred sales. It has been very popular." I'll bet it has. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by admartian View Post
    Hey, I didn't know it was based in West Auckland!

    Not a stoner myself, but this should at least cut-down on people having to deal with dodgy fellas. Now they have this convenience.

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    I think they need to inlcude food and drink in that vending machine for the eventual munchies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by admartian View Post
    I think they need to inlcude food and drink in that vending machine for the eventual munchies.
    And eye drops, for the stealth smoker. lol
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    I'm confused. If Cannabis is not legal, than how is it that this place can have a vending machine which sells it for people to smoke?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vulgotha View Post
    I'm confused. If Cannabis is not legal, than how is it that this place can have a vending machine which sells it for people to smoke?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legalit...is#New_Zealand

    Now that you mention it, not sure exactly. While illegal, it certainly isn't considered the way it is in the US.

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    Probably some retarded gray area/loop hole. You can have a certain amount of weed on you in California...but even an ounce past that and that's a crime then.


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    Quote Originally Posted by admartian View Post
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legalit...is#New_Zealand Now that you mention it, not sure exactly. While illegal, it certainly isn't considered the way it is in the US.
    Some of the US is very lenient. Out in California for example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by radgamer420 View Post
    Some of the US is very lenient. Out in California for example.
    Yes that is true too.

    A lot of comedians can attest to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by admartian View Post
    yes that is true too. A lot of comedians can attest to that.
    lol

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    i'd like one of those vending machines in my house...save me a fortune going to amsterdam 3 times a year. lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jj03 View Post
    i'd like one of those vending machines in my house...save me a fortune going to amsterdam 3 times a year. lol.
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    Just LOL, i dont smoke cannabis however this machine looks cool.

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    Good for New Zealanders but that just makes me crazy jealous.

    Saying that i honestly think the laws will be relaxed in the UK over the next 5 years. That is if the government stops firing scientists that tell them things they don't want to hear.

    Quote Originally Posted by DreDayDetox View Post
    Probably some retarded gray area/loop hole. You can have a certain amount of weed on you in California...but even an ounce past that and that's a crime then.
    Not surprised, an ounce is quite a lot when it comes to cannabis. Certainly more than i would want to walk around with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBettaKnow View Post
    Good for New Zealanders but that just makes me crazy jealous.

    Saying that i honestly think the laws will be relaxed in the UK over the next 5 years. That is if the government stops firing scientists that tell them things they don't want to hear.



    Not surprised, an ounce is quite a lot when it comes to cannabis. Certainly more than i would want to walk around with.
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