OLCC Launches Marijuana Retailer Minor Decoy Checks

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Bend Licensees Pass OLCC Check for Sales to Minors

PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 20, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has conducted the first of its statewide minor decoy operations to determine if marijuana license retailers are complying with state laws and OLCC regulations ensuring minors aren’t able to enter the business to purchase marijuana products.

On December 19, 2017 OLCC marijuana inspectors visited 20 marijuana retailers in central Oregon, and all of the 20 businesses visited in Bend and La Pine passed a check for prohibiting sales to a minor volunteer.

“That our licensed retailers in central Oregon scored 100 percent on refusal to sell marijuana to a minor is a sign that this segment of our regulated industry understands the importance of compliance,” said Steve Marks, Executive Director of the OLCC. “As we continue these checks I hope that this result will be reflected across the state.”

Sale of marijuana products to anyone under the age of 21 is a violation that for a first offense could result in a 10 to 30 day license suspension, or a fine of $1650, depending on whether or not the sale is intentional. Failure by a marijuana licensee, or its employee, to check a customer’s identification before the attempted purchase of a marijuana product is a violation that could result in a seven (7) day license suspension or a fine more than $1100.

During the sales checks, a minor volunteer attempts to enter a licensed marijuana retailer and/or purchase marijuana products from a licensed business to see if staff are checking ID’s correctly and refusing entry to anyone under 21. Commission inspectors supervise the minor volunteers. The volunteers carry their own legal ID that identifies them as under 21 and do not disguise their age or lie to encourage the sale of marijuana. The Oregon Driver license for a minor carries a red border around the picture with the words “Minor Until” followed by the date of his/her 21st birthday.

The OLCC tests licensed marijuana businesses throughout the year, with each licensed retailer receiving a minimum of one visit per year. The OLCC offers a free training course on how to check ID’s and identify false identification.

“This is part of our stepped up compliance and enforcement activity,” said Marks. “We’re working to make sure that all segments of our regulated market are living up to the requirements of their license, and the expectations Oregonians have that they will act responsibly and follow the law.”

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Minor Decoy Operation
December 19, 2017

CITIES: Bend, La Pine

Premises visited: No Sales: 20, Sales: 0 – Compliance rate of 100%

NO SALES

DiamondTREE, 2715 E Hwy. 20, Bend, 97701

Cannacopia, 923 SE 3rd St., Bend, 97702

Dr. Jolly’s, 415 SE 3rd St., Bend 97702

Tokyo Starfish, 542 NW Arizona Ave., Bend 97701

Oregon Euphorics, 70 SW Century Dr., Suite 170, Bend, 97702

Miracle Greens, 905 SE 3rd St., Bend 97702

Plantae, 2115 NE Hwy. 20, Suite 107, Bend, 97701

Cannabend, 3312 N Hwy. 97, Bend 97703

Creative Crops Rec, 265 SE Scott St., Bend 97701

Oregrown, 1199 NW Wall St., Bend 97703

Top Shelf Medicine, 815 NE Greenwood Ave., Bend 97701

Substance, 1814 NE Division St., Bend 97701

Substance, 20365 Empire Ave. Suite 140, Bend, 97703

5th LNMT, 63552 N Hwy. 97, Bend 97701

Tokyo South, 61230 S Hwy. 97, Bend 97702

Higher Elevation, 817 NW Hill St., 97703

The Herb Center, 2205 NE Division St., Bend 97703

DiamondTREE, 1233 NW Galveston Ave., Bend 97701

High Desert Botanicals, 51456 Hwy 97 #3, La Pine, 97339

Green Knottz, 51546 Hwy. 97 #7, La Pine 97739

For more information:
Mark Pettinger, Marijuana Program Spokesperson
503-872-5115
mark.pettinger@oregon.gov
www.marijuana.oregon.gov

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