A Welcome Sign For Colorado Pot Industry: Colorado Sting Operation Fails to...

A Welcome Sign For Colorado Pot Industry: Colorado Sting Operation Fails to Bust Marijuana Dispensaries for Sales to Minors

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As reported by 9News, state regulators and Colorado police failed to find any retailers selling recreational marijuana to underage (under 21) customers. The operation targeted 20 stores in the Denver and Pueblo areas in recent months, and involved law enforcement sending underage customers (supervised by police officers) into local dispensaries to purchase recreational marijuana.

Colorado laws on selling recreational marijuana are similar to alcohol laws in that it is illegal to sell the drug to any person under the age of 21. However, marijuana may be purchased by customers over the age of 18 if they have a Medical Marijuana Card. Stores that break the law and sell to underage children face the threat of being shut down, having their licenses suspended or revoked, and paying heavy fines.

Despite only investigating a small fraction of the hundreds of new businesses selling marijuana in our state, the results speak for themselves. Twenty stores with zero infractions is a welcome sign for the booming pot industry in Colorado.

“We are pleased with the results and will continue to monitor the businesses to ensure that the compliance efforts are maintained,” Lewis Koski, Director of the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division, said.

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cState 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, reports 9 News. 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. He said, “We are pleased with the results and will continue to monitor the businesses to ensure that the compliance efforts are maintained.”

– See more at: http://blog.mpp.org/medical-marijuana/colorado-sting-operations-fail-to-bust-any-marijuana-shops-for-sales-to-minors/06272014/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.LMIjYLw1.dpuf

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, reports 9 News. 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. He said, “We are pleased with the results and will continue to monitor the businesses to ensure that the compliance efforts are maintained.”

– See more at: http://blog.mpp.org/medical-marijuana/colorado-sting-operations-fail-to-bust-any-marijuana-shops-for-sales-to-minors/06272014/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.LMIjYLw1.dpuf

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Brad Gustafson is an entrepreneur and founder of Loki Media and Fight Parrot. Of Swedish heritage, Brad enjoys traveling through Scandinavia and the rest of the world with his wife Jessica. In his spare time Brad can be found hiking through the Rocky Mountains with his German Shepherd 'Doc', reading up on world religions and philosophy, or under the tattoo gun.

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