As the cannabis industry continues to grow across the country, it seems that each passing day brings another cannabis-device to the table.
New to the game is anna, a cannabis vending machine making its debut in Colorado and across the country.
Backed with a background in healthcare data analytics, anna’s founder and CEO, Matt Frost, designed what he deems the “tricked out vending machine” to take and fill orders of cannabis products directly at your fingertips.
Each device features a digital menu, a touch screen, and both cash and credit payment options. Further, the under eighth-square foot machine can hold more than 2,000 cannabis or CBD products inside.
Upon entering the dispensary, customers will be met by an “anna.agent,” who will check them in and verify their driver’s license before unlocking the machine.
No scheduling, no wait-time, and best of all, no contact. Think of it as an ATM for weed!
“There are experienced cannabis customers who don’t necessarily need that one-on-one interaction with a budtender. They know what they want before they walk in, they’re ready to go in and out. By doing this we’re giving more time back to people who need hand-holding and want that education from a live person,” Frost explained to The Know.
With COVID-19 taking a huge toll on in-person retailers like dispensaries, the company is also seizing the opportunity to prioritize the safety and convenience of both employees and consumers.
In addition to the device’s direct interface, customers can make purchases on their own device through the anna app, or by scanning the QR code on the machine.
“It’s about getting customers through faster with less contact,” Frost told Merry Jane. “A self-checkout solution does lend itself well to these times. There’s a bigger appetite for what we’re doing now.”
The first four devices made their debut last week at Strawberry Fields dispensary in Pueblo, and will be appearing in Frost’s home state of Massachusetts next week (August 24th-28th).
Written by Rita Thompson