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Man allegedly made $2,400 a day from weed vending machine attached to his home

May 4, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Police recovered 18 firearms, ammunition and several kilograms of suspected cannabis from the residence

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An entrepreneurial bent may have earned a Detroit man a reported $2,400 daily from a drug vending machine, but that business undertaking ultimately led to a raid of his home that revealed 18 firearms and a whole lot of ammunition.

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Recreational cannabis is allowed in Michigan and legal products are available through licensed retail stores and dispensaries.

It was just earlier this year, however, that the Detroit City Council Public Health and Safety Committee approved allowing recreational marijuana dispensaries in the city, per the Detroit News.

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Perhaps that was why the man felt emboldened to set up shop with a cannabis and pill vending machine attached to his home.

Citing a criminal complaint filed in late April, Click On Detroit reports that officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) received an anonymous tip back on Jan. 7. The person voiced concern about the vending machine, maintaining a man at the property appeared to be selling drugs to minors and was in possession of multiple firearms.

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What led the authorities to investigate?

ATF agents carried out surveillance of the home and twice purchased suspected marijuana from the machine. One time, they bought slightly more than five grams and the second time, just over four grams.

A video posted in January on YouTube shows a customer making a purchase at the machine.

In mid-March, the complaint notes that officials received a search warrant for the home. Law officials discovered 18 firearms in a gun safe in the basement, dozens of rounds of assorted ammunition in the safe and other parts of the home, and several kilograms of suspected cannabis, per Click On Detroit.

Several media outlets note that the man reported he had operated the machine for about four years. Cash was later found in several areas of the home, including in his bedroom safe, bedroom nightstand and dining room.

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It is reported that the accused, who is in his 40s, has a criminal history that includes convictions for armed robbery, identity theft and felony possession of a firearm.

FOX 2 Detroit cites an anonymous customer who used the machine four or five times. “He was selling like, souvenirs,” the customer said of the code for drugs. “It’s an excellent service. I think it just got out of hand,” she suggested, adding the machine took credit cards and even Apple Pay.

ATF official calls setup “shocking”

Paul Vanderplow, ATF special agent in charge of the investigation, told the station that “the brazenness of it was shocking,” pointing out that the machine had been bolted to the home.

Per WXYZ, the man told police he made the most of his living from the machine proceeds.

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Although in-dispensary vending machines may be all right in U.S. states with legal recreational or medicinal weed, Maxime Kot, president and director of licensing at The Cannabis Business Advisors, has said they remain uncommon in North America’s legal cannabis markets.

“I think it will be years before we see cannabis vending machines take off in the U.S.,” Kot told Marijuana Business Daily last December.

Where are weed vending machines available in the U. S.?

CannaCon, a business-to-business cannabis conference, reported late last year that cannabis vending machines are automated, age-verifying and climate-controlled.

“For customers that don’t need the one-on-one guidance of a budtender, or for those individuals living in rural communities that don’t have the capacity to support a full, brick-and-mortar dispensary, cannabis vending machines are a one-stop-shop,” the information states.

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Machines holding THC products are located in adult-use or medical cannabis dispensaries and, as of last December, could be found in Colorado, Oregon, California, Massachusetts and Florida, since those are the legal U.S. states “that allow vendors to have a cannabis vending licence.”

It’s tough to pin down the cost of cannabis vending machines, though it’s likely the machine is worth thousands of dollars.

A startup description notes that people paying an initial $7,040 fee for a Cannabox, Inc. unit can make up to $10,240 a month with a CBD machine. Most CBD vending machines produce an average return on investment of 100 per cent “typically within 8 to 10 months,” the pitch maintains.

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