I spent an afternoon at Canada’s first weed vending machine


Twenty minutes after I met Andy Bishop, a self-described “cosmic country” musician in Vancouver, I watched him buy weed from a vending machine. Bishop, who has a medical prescription to use marijuana, agreed to meet me for the first time at the BC Pain Society, where Canada’s first pot-dispensing machine hawks half ounces for $50.

The vending machine has been up-and-running for a month, even though dispensaries have technically been illegal since April 1. New legislation banned all growers except for those certified by Health Canada. A recent injunction allows at-home growers to keep doing their thing, but the court order’s not meant to last.

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