And of course, California had ’em first. CNN reports:

The beauty here extends beyond the easy access. It’s all about the concept of the store, the Tu Pac posters, and the guy behind the counter. Somehow, we went from debating the legality and desirability of medicinal marijuana to providing it via vending machines in stores adorned with Tu Pac posters and manned by chubby bearded guys in tie-dye. And, um, did he really say that “purple kush … is a heavy body high”? Sir, I’d like to see that prescription. Whenever you’re ready …

I also love the concept of the Herbal Nutrition Center (HNC), where patients will be able to score … I mean, fill presecriptions for anti-deps, pain meds, Viagra, and the green good stuff. What about the claritin and the statins and the prescription-strength hemorrhoid cream? It seems like this is clearly the “XXX” version of the Duane Reade pharmacy counters we know and love. I wonder if city councils will eventually zone them out, so the terminally ill, depressed, impotent, etc. will have to go “downtown” for their goodies. Err, I mean medications.

Clearly where the HNC and their prescription vending machines (PVMs) are concerned, the veil of mainstream legitimacy is really more like one of those clear plastic shower curtains, minus any fog from hot water … or smoke from the fatty you just bake-boxed the bathroom with. So, here’s the real question: when are the PVMs coming to New York?? We can’t let California be that much cooler than us. How about this: I know a 320 sq. ft. space in the UES that would be perfect for a PVM. I’ll even throw up a Tu Pac poster, provided we can find one that doesn’t completely throw off my color scheme. Tie-dye, however, is a deal-breaker. This is the UES, after all.




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