Minors Aren’t Buying Marijuana at Colorado Recreational Pot Shops

Minors Aren’t Buying Marijuana at Colorado Recreational Pot Shops

Colorado Sting Operations Fail to Bust Any Marijuana Shops for Sales to Minors

DENVER, CO — State regulators and state police recently performed sting operations on 20 different marijuana stores in the Denver and Pueblo areas to determine compliance with state law.

The conclusion they reached was undisputed: None of the stores were breaking the law by selling marijuana to people under the age of 21.

In Colorado, marijuana is regulated similarly to alcohol, including the stipulation that people without medical marijuana licenses may only purchase marijuana from retail establishments if they are 21 or older.

The sting operations involved sending underage customers into stores to attempt to buy marijuana while being supervised by police officers. Shops who break the law face huge fines and can have their licenses revoked.

During the course of these sting operations, not a single underage buyer was allowed to purchase marijuana from any of the 20 shops.

Business owners have welcomed this announcement as an important sign of the legitimacy of the industry and the effectiveness of the regulatory structure.

In response to this news, Lewis Koski, the director of the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division, issued a statement saying, “We are pleased with the results and will continue to monitor the businesses to ensure that the compliance efforts are maintained.”

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  • Hank Pym

    Boom. Score one for the good guys. Opponents are always looking for ammunition to argue that prohibition is better than regulation, and this could’ve very easily gone the other way and given them something concrete to throw in our faces.

    It’s good to see that the people working in the industry are taking the rules seriously and leading by a good example. This could have very easily gone the other way; All it would’ve taken is one lackadaisical employee who wasn’t too concerned with checking ID and this would’ve been a totally different article- and meant something very different for the movement. If this would’ve been a cigarette sting, out of 20 stores they would have probably had around 25% of the stores fail to check iD. In fact, the next time someone argues the whole “easier for minors to obtain” point, they should show the figures for cigarette and alcohol stings vs. Marijuana stings.

    • Mike

      Yep, try that for alcohol or tobacco. It just doesn’t happen. I live in a town with a college and the same bad actors get cited over and over again. They mostly manage to stay one step ahead of closure, but it’s evident that cannabis retailers are making a good effort to not do business like that…

      Proving once again that folks who use, sell, or grow cannabis are otherwise law-abiding citizens.

  • massvocals

    When ….America legalize we shall have dumped off all the social pathetic law enforcement ideals and liberty and freedom will be restored The legalization will make new statement of values and no longer will the people be control by prohibitionist or industrial , yes in fact the bars shall disappear dis[loved by later and drug war intrusive enforcement will be dead all we need to do is add the other D to DEA = DEAD they save no one with there policy no matter how much money you continue to throw at them they even arm there own enemies the drug lords so what so they kill citizen well that what happen end these thugs now …