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Cannabis news and notes: Meet Buddy, the AI cannabis vending machine

In an era of streamlined sales and social distancing, one company has put forth an innovative solution to the cannabis landscape. As a recent press release noted, meet Buddy, the AI cannabis vending machine.

According to a statement from UK Tech startup Social Vend, the company behind Buddy, this is no ordinary vending machine. That’s because Buddy is a virtual AI 'Budtender.' Not only will the new machine deliver a personalized experience to cannabis customers, but it will also educate consumers while helping to drive sales.

The new system features what the company calls “extensive cannabis sector specific functionality.” Buddy tracks customers daily purchasing limits to help keep everything streamlined and keep a note of customer preferences. Moreover, one of the more innovative features that the industry is sure to appreciate is that it can be integrated with a store's existing Point-of-Sale or compliance solution.

So how does Buddy work?

When a customer scans their ID card, the virtual AI vending machine brings up their past purchasing data. It then uses this data to recommend products — and promotions — tailoring them specifically to that customer's needs.

“The rapid evolution of the global cannabis market inspired us to develop an automated retail concept designed to fulfil the market need,” said Andrew Theodore, CEO of Social Vend, in a statement. “We’ve added industry specific functionality including features for compliance, granular inventory tracking and the acceptance of crypto.”

Buddy launches across North America in November and is available for pre-order now at www.buddyvend.com.

CLS Holdings USA revamps website

CLS Holdings USA, Inc. (OTCQB:CLSH) (CSE:CLSH), a cannabis company that operates as Cannabis Life Sciences, announced on Tuesday that the company unveiled its new website at https://www.clsholdingsinc.com.According to a statement, it has “a modern, user-minded design.” Furthermore, “the new site ensures that visitors can easily find Company news, financial reporting, and operational milestones for CLS' Nevada subsidiaries.”

"This redesign serves to match our digital platform with our real-world environments at Oasis and City Trees," said President and COO Andrew Glashow in a statement. "Our businesses are bright, welcoming, friendly spaces, and we're thrilled to have an online presence that represents those aspects of our business aesthetically and functionally."

US medical cannabis program growth

In their latest “Cannabit,” New Frontier Data looked at US medical cannabis program growth. The data and number crunching organization noted that over 3 million patients are now eligible for medical cannabis in the United States as of today. Furthermore, that number should exceed 5 million by 2025. 

Oklahoma, New Mexico, Montana, and Arizona are the states with the highest saturation rates, meaning they have the highest number of registered patients per total population. Check out the full picture below:

US Medical Cannabis Program Growth Map

Source: New Frontier Data www.newfrontierdata.com
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