Homeowners have been locking up their guns and money for safekeeping for centuries. However, they no longer have to keep their stash of weed in the same way as a result of technological advancements which have seen a new and safer method introduced for keeping recreational marijuana safe.
Several centuries back, people used to store cannabis in makeup bags, pencils cases, or under their mattresses. The potency and cost of contemporary marijuana are rendering weed vulnerable to theft either by innocent children, corrupt house managers, and uncanny roommates.
Philip Wilkins said that people no longer believe in stashing their weed in Ziploc bags, closet, or under the floorboards.
Wilkins and his two partners ( Ben Gliksman and Sep Seyai) founded a Toronto-based company known as KEEP. This year the company developed its first electronic storage and security device. The electronic device is called KEEP, and it is fitted with a biometric lock that connects through an app on the owners android smartphone.
The device owner can apply their phone security features such as fingerprint, voice, or facial recognition to unlock the storage device.
KEEP has features meant to maintain the quality of the weed, such as hermetic seal, humidity, and temperature thermometers to keep the marijuana fresh and odorless. The inside of the device is also fitted with LED lighting and trays to make sure that the owners do not have to feel around in the dark looking for edibles, vape pens, or pot. You can store a maximum of 28 grams of dried flower or 4.4 pounds of marijuana. The owners can use a scale to track their usage.
KEEP will be unveiled on the market in March 2020, both in the U.S. and Canada. It will be sold at dispensaries selling legal marijuana and via the KEEP.com website. It will also be sold through licensed producers such as Canada growers. The retail price for KEEP in the U.S. will be about $226 while in Canada it would be $300.
In an interview explaining the motivation behind the company, Wilkins said that he and his partners wanted to leverage the discoveries taking place in consumer electronics and apply it to marijuana because it signifies the growth of the marijuana market.
In November, KEEP was selected as an honoree by the CES Innovation Awards.
KEEP is not the only weed storage solution; others include a black walnut wood box from Marley Natural Shop, which goes for $192, Humidor Combo Box ($99), or LOCK-R Box ($250) from Ryot.
KEEP’S modern design blends into any home. The device has a back-lit LED display that shows the time and outside temperature.
The cofounders of Amazon’s The Marijuana Show, Wendy Robbins and Karen Paull, wrote an email saying that they liked the device as it keeps your marijuana climate-controlled.
Robbins said that she would buy KEEP since it would keep her stash safe from kids and housekeepers. She also noted that it is a clean and decent way of storing marijuana.
KEEP has also attracted a large number of investors, although Wilkins will not reveal them until the month ends. Marijuana industry players like VPR Brands LP (OTCQB: VPRB) and Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) could be very pleased that the marijuana industry is giving opportunities to the tech industry to innovate and provide complementary products to consumers.
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