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By Ada Slivinski, QMI Agency Vancouver

Demand for vending machine-marijuana in Vancouver is so high the BC Pain Society has already upgraded one of its machines.
(Ada Slivinski, 24 hours)

Demand for vending machine-marijuana in Vancouver is so high the BC Pain Society has already upgraded one of its machines. (Ada Slivinski, 24 hours)

Demand for vending machine-marijuana in Vancouver is so high the BC Pain Society has already upgraded one of its machines.

"We outgrew it in the first two days after our media coverage aired, we have upgraded to a quadruple size, wheelchair friendly vending machine," said Chuck Varabioff, the society's director.

After the two vending machines were first installed, police said they were aware of them and that sale of marijuana is illegal, "whether it happens over the counter, in a dark alley or through a vending machine."

That's not stopping Varabioff, who is selling more than ever and offering discounts of up to $10 off on certain types of marijuana.

"We get a good buy from our suppliers so we pass the savings on to you," he said In addition to upgrading the machine, Varabioff has spruced up his establishment.

"Our location has been completely renovated and is now a non-alcohol sports bar where you can come enjoy your medicine on-site."

The combination of vended marijuana and a lounge atmosphere is proving popular.

"We're getting approximately 100 new members per week. They're coming from other dispensaries," said Varabioff, adding he thinks police may start cracking down on some of the less reputable places.

"They may go after and target the people who just issue a business card with a number on it, no name, no I.D. and no prescription."  

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