Medbox uses biometrics to verify medical marijuana users

July 16, 2012 - 

Medbox Inc., a provider of a patented machine that dispenses medication to individuals based on biometric identification, is focusing on providing its services to states that permit the use of medical marijuana.

The firm will be focusing on Arizona, Connecticut and Colorado.  Massachusetts will be joining these three states if its citizens vote in favor of medical marijuana in a referendum.

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Robert J. Cordy said: “A yes vote would enact the proposed law eliminating state criminal and civil penalties related to the medical use of marijuana, allowing patients meeting certain conditions to obtain marijuana produced and distributed by new state-regulated centers, or, in specific hardship cases, to grow marijuana for their own use.”

“We look forward to the day when all states have well defined medical marijuana dispensing laws. Eventually all states that currently allow medical marijuana but don’t have clear regulations for how it is dispensed will have to follow the example that states like Arizona and Connecticut have set forth,” stated Dr. Bruce Bedrick, CEO of Medbox, Inc. “Our technology works to compliment regulations and enhance conformity to existing regulations.”

Not only does Medbox use biometric identification, it also manages employee possession of sensitive drugs, documents that the user is a registered patient with valid and unexpired authorization from a physician, and tracks each transaction for accounting and compliance purposes.  Patient information is kept onsite and not online.

More states with pending legislative bills on the legalization of medical marijuana include: Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Will you vote in favor of legalizing medical marijuana in your state?

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