Thursday, June 26, 2014
The Denver Post reports today that police inspections have not found any incidents of Colorado marijuana stores selling to minors:
Police have so far sanctioned no recreational marijuana stores for selling to minors during underage compliance stings across the state, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue.
Authorities in Denver and Pueblo, working with regulators from the state Marijuana Enforcement Division, have conducted 20 undercover stings in which they see whether a store will sell pot to someone under 21. Sixteen of the compliance checks have occurred in Denver, home to most of the state's recreational marijuana stores.
So far, no store has sold to someone under 21 in the checks.
As the Toke of the Town blog notes, this compares very favorably to liquor stores, where Colorado authorities typically find a good number of violations every year.
Of course, direct sales are not the only way that legal marijuana might make its way to underage users. As with alcohol, an adult who legally buys from a marijuana store could share with a minor (or act as a straw purchaser for a minor.) The extent to which this sort of thing is happening--and the extent to which it results in any increase in availability or use among teens--remains to be seen. But for now, it is certainly good news for regulators that no marijuana stores have been found to be selling to minors.