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Governor Kate Brown Sets Vaccination Targets for Oregon to Reopen

Most statewide coronavirus related restrictions will be lifted when 70% of Oregon's residents who are 16 years and older receive the first COVID-19 vaccine dose. In addition, counties will be eligible to move into the “lower risk” category when 65% of the area's eligible population is vaccinated.

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Drug Overdoses Skyrocket in Washington State Amid COVID

The Seattle Times reported that fatal drug overdoses increased more than 30% last year compared to 2019, according to the data, an increase more than twice as large as any other year in the past decade.

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Fire officials aim to squelch blazes fast, avoid megafires

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OPINION

OP-ED: The Supreme Court Can Protect Black Lives by Ending Qualified Immunity

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Editorial From the Publisher - Council: Police Reform Needed Now

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Jewish group condemns 'pure antisemitism' in German protests

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ENTERTAINMENT

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Ellen DeGeneres to end long-running TV talk show next year

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By The Skanner News

Image via autospense.com
 

Los Angeles, CA (KTLA) -- A local company is aiming to make dispensing medical marijuana as simple as using an ATM.

Dispense Labs, based in Aliso Viejo, has unveiled a dispensing system called "Autospense" that looks a lot like a vending machine.

But the company's founder, Joe DeRobbio, says the Autospense is much more sophisticated than that.

Patients must swipe a registration card and then enter a PIN number. They can then pay by cash, credit or debit, and a door opens to deliver the product.

Patients who are registered with a dispensary would be able to access the system 24 hours a day.

When the dispensary is closed, the Autospense is surrounded by a cage that must be opened by swiping a registration card.

Features like fingerprint recognition, security cameras and purchase tracking provide additional security.

DeRobbio says the company plans to lease the machines to dispensaries for $1,500-$2,000 a month.

Currently, only one machine is in operation, at a dispensary in Santa Ana.

Medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996, but it remains illegal under federal laws.

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