Charleston, WV asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law for West Virginia

Q: Do I need a permit to sell cannabis out a vending machine or does the location where machine will be need the permit?

I am trying to start a cannabis vending machine business and need need to know if I need to get a permit to sell out of each machine and does the place of business need a permit also?

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Aaron A. Pelley
Aaron A. Pelley
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A: I think there are a few states that a vending machine could work. However, in most states, recreational or medical, regulations favor that a human check the customers I.D. (for recreational use) or their authorization to use cannabis (medical use) and confirm the person purchasing the product is the same one providing the identification. In addition, the machine will likely have to integrate with the store's point of sale. This, coupled with the limited capacity, could make vending machines prohibitively expensive. But, to answer your question, you would likely be selling to stores, who have a license. You do not need the license to sell the machine. The question to consider is, what state are you selling the machine to and can you make a compliant vending machine.

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