A startup called Anna — a play on the word “analytics” — has begun deploying high-tech, self-checkout cannabis kiosks at select dispensaries in the state.
The machines can hold more than 2,000 products that include cannabis flower, edibles, infused beverages, balms and vape oils. The machines are ideal for the shopper who knows what they want and doesn’t want to wait in potentially long lines, the company says.
Sales of medical and recreational cannabis in Colorado set records in May and June, according to state revenue data. Through the first half of 2020, Colorado cannabis dispensaries sold $978 million of marijuana flower, edibles and concentrate products, up nearly 20% from last year.
While self-checkouts and interactive vending machines aren’t particularly new in other industries, they’re considered an innovative development for the heavily regulated cannabis sector.