California Ushers In Legal Cannabis With New Self-Service Automation

Jan. 11, 2018

Nation’s oldest dispensary adopts newest technology from Grasshopper Kiosks 

Oakland, CA  January  8, 2018 Grasshopper Kiosks (, the developers of the nation’s leading fully compliant self-service systems for the storage and dispensing of cannabis products, have installed a unit in Berkeley Patients Group (BPG), the nation’s longest continuously operating marijuana dispensary. 

The Grasshopper automated self-service sales system streamlines transaction times, tracks inventory and payments, and collects real-time data about sales trends.  Grasshopper Kiosks sell products from a secure, climate-controlled, automated storage and dispensing system.  

Grasshopper’s systems are ADA compliant and were designed to work in accordance with the complex regulations that govern California’s legal cannabis industry. 

The system in use at BPG sells a variety of products, including pre-rolled joints, vape cartridges and edibles. 

“The system has been purposefully designed for cannabis dispensaries, and can be utilized to accommodate and support a variety of business needs,” said Ron Christensen, Vice President of Grasshopper Kiosks. “For instance, the system can be configured to handle only medical or only adult-use products, and will keep track of those transactions separately for regulatory and taxation purposes. In this manner, the Grasshopper system not only streamlines transactions for customers, but also reduces paperwork and inventory challenges for employees.” 

Grasshopper Kiosks can also be stocked with a dispensary’s most popular items, creating a “Fastlane Checkout” for customers on the go. 

“We recorded over 70 transactions on the system on its first day,” said Sean Luse, COO at Berkeley Patients Group. “We appreciate having a tool that not only helps customers conduct transactions quickly and easily, but also provides us with excellent data and revenue reports.” 

Berkeley Patients Group was one of the few dispensaries in California that was licensed to sell adult-use cannabis beginning on January 1, 2018. The dispensary opened their doors to a waiting crowd, and Berkeley Mayor, Jesse Arreguin, performed a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Reporters and photographers from both national and Bay Area television stations, newspapers, and wire services covered the event. 

“We are excited to be changing the landscape of this new $7 billion legal industry with accomplished peers like the people at Berkeley Patients Group,” said Martin Kaufman, CEO of Grasshopper Kiosks. “One of our top priorities is working with dispensaries to help them create a brand distinction in the market with a tool that enhances the customer experience and protects regulatory compliance.” 

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