In the USA, Colorado legalized MEDICAL marijuana in 2009. The City of Denver - Colorado later became the first City in the USA to legalize the PRIVATE use of marijauna for anyone over 21 years.
In British Columbia District, Canada, Pain Centers are now selling Marijauna Under the new regulatory regime, as of April 1, 2014.
There are over 30,000 home-based growing and distribution operations in Britiah Columbia and talks of them being replaced by fewer but larger commercial operations.
British Columbia Pain Society is one of about 400 pot stores which call themselves medical dispensaries providing consumers the sale of marijuana via vending machine.
Interestingly, there are potentially discussions going on to install marijuana vending machines in nursing homes and medical clinics
The medical marijuana industry is now booming and makes one wonder what adverse effect this new trend will have on related crime.