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Selling Marijuana To Minors Hurts The Entire Industry And Reform Movement

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Some undercover sting operations were conducted at Washington recreational marijuana stores recently, and some of the results were very disappointing. Whereas the stings in Colorado yielded no failures, Washington had four failures. That’s unacceptable. I always hate posting articles like this because I should be highlighting our victories, and not highlighting examples that will no doubt be used by marijuana opponents like Kevin Sabet.

But, I feel it’s necessary to share so that readers can see it as a type of public service announcement. Never, ever, ever sell marijuana to a minor. There’s simply no excuse for that to ever happen at a regulated recreational marijuana store. Everyone should be carded every time, no matter what age the person appears to be. I would never be offended getting carded at a recreational marijuana store, and would actually turn over my license gladly in order to help ensure that no minor gets access. Selling marijuana to a minor gives a black eye to the entire industry and movement, and is absolutely unacceptable. Below is the press release issued by the Washington State Liquor Control Board about the sting results:

Marijuana compliance checks: 4 of 22 recreational marijuana stores sell to minors
OLYMPIA – Four Western Washington recreational retail marijuana businesses recently failed compliance checks conducted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB). Officers, working with underage investigative aides, checked 22 businesses for sales of marijuana to minors. The first checks represent an 82 percent no-sales-to-minors compliance rate.

The four businesses will be cited for selling marijuana to minors. The individuals who sold the marijuana will be referred to their respective prosecuting attorney’s office for potential criminal prosecution.

First Marijuana Compliance Checks
The WSLCB and local authorities regularly conduct compliance checks of area businesses licensed to sell alcohol. The checks, conducted May 15-18 in Skagit, Snohomish, Kitsap, Pierce and Cowlitz Counties, were the first marijuana compliance checks. The checks followed a recent communication to all licensees that enforcement officers were beginning compliance checks and recommended best practices for avoiding an illegal sale.

Compliance checks are proven tools to reduce the sale of age-restricted products to minors. Investigative aides assist officers with compliance checks. These individuals are from 18 to 20 years old. They must either present their true identification or none at all if asked by a clerk.

Administrative Penalties
Liquor enforcement officers are empowered to issue Administrative Violation Notices to businesses that fail compliance checks. Fines or temporary license suspensions can be issued depending on the severity of the infraction or the frequency with which a business has been cited. Sales to minors are considered the most serious violations because they present a threat to public safety. Businesses cited for Sale to a Minor face a 10-day suspension or $2,500 fine. Businesses who receive three public safety violations within three years face license cancellation.

Businesses that sold marijuana to a minor

Mary Mart
3005 6th Avenue Ste. B (Tacoma)
Emerald Leaves
2702 6th Avenue (Tacoma)
Green City Collective
13601 Highway 99 Suite B (Everett)
Purple Haze
4218 Rucker Ave. (Everett)

Businesses that did not sell marijuana to a minor

Westside 420 Recreational
4503 Ocean Beach Highway (Longview)
Freedom Market
820A Westside Highway (Kelso)
1006 California Way (Longview)
Longview Freedom Market
971 14th Avenue Suite 110 (Longview)
420 Holiday
2028 10th Avenue (Longview)
Diamond Green
4002 South 12th Street (Tacoma)
Rainier Downtown
112 South 24th Street (Tacoma)
1703 SE Sedgwick Road Suite 113 (Port Orchard)
Greenway Marijuana
4851 Geiger Road SE (Port Orchard)
420 Pot Shop
1374 SE Lund Avenue (Port Orchard)
HWY 420
1110 Charleston Beach Road West (Bremerton)
6309 Evergreen Way (Everett)
Bud Hut
11603 Highway 99 (Everett)
Herbal Nation
19302 Bothell Everett Highway (Bothell)
High Times
1519 Highway 99 (Lynnwood)
Euphorium Lynnwood
20925 Cypress Way Suite 104 (Lynnwood)
Local Roots Marijuana
212 West Winesap Road Suite 101 (Bothell)
High Society
8630 South March Point Road (Anacortes)

The WSLCB mission is to promote public safety and trust through fair administration and enforcement of liquor, tobacco and marijuana laws. Per 2015 legislation, on July 24, 2015, the agency will change its name to the Liquor and Cannabis Board. It will retain the WSLCB acronym.

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  1. I agree that they should not sell to minors…and are giving other stores that do follow all laws a bad rep. Why not “one and done” if they do sell or at least a 30 day closure. Issaquah Cannabis sold to a minor on Oct 18, 2015…no press has picked this up yet.
    As a parent of teens and knowing some of the legal stores in Washington are following the laws. I would say one chance then you are done…a more reputable business can take their spot.

  2. newageblues on

    I wasn’t actually thinking of how parents should handle it, I agree that’s their judgment. Overreaction can do a lot of damage, but it’s their call, they’ll have to live with the consequences if they drive their child away.
    I was thinking of kids getting caught by the law.

  3. I am not sure I understand your phrasing. I think there can be damage to children – but again – there may be NO damage to children (growth cycle phase, brain, etc.) However, there is no research that shows, for certain, either way… Thus I cannot openly say – SURE KIDS CAN TOKE UP… Because there is that percentage of a possibility that it can cause damage.

    However, if you’re asking – what “punishment” or “action” to be done to kids that get “caught” using… ??? That is strictly up to the parent to make a decision on.

    If you’re asking about medicine – by all means – give a kid cannabis BEFORE any other medicine. As we know that other medicines, do have fatal effects – therefore, if cannabis can provide a measure of value in medicine to a child – it far outweighs the potential negatives of pharmaceutical medicines at any point in time.

  4. Ted Mishler on

    The Honerable Francis young, after careful study concluded, paraphrasing, that cannabis in its natural form is the safest known substance known to man
    guess i will have to google, but wonder if its true that if you heat kief up, under compression, in an oven at 200 degrees for 10 minutes, then compress it some more, then cool it, that it turns into hash?
    need to read up ltr, will put more thought in your response then:-)

  5. Ted Mishler on

    lol, you are pretty headstrong aren’t you?
    wait, in middle of kief sesh, ltr

  6. Again, my business is a business model made for non-profit. We treat people who have need for cannabis – with what they need. We provide items that have cannabinoids in them, and provide essential terpenes. Much like medicine – as it is natural. We also educate people. Ted – you’re not wrong in your spirituality – but no one is exactly the same – everyone differs in their belief system. For example – many believe in mandated vaccinations. I AM ABSOLUTELY against them – as I think they are a way for pharmaceutical companies to insert DNA trending needs for pharmaceutical medicines. We ARE that advanced in technology and medicine. Why else would it need to be MANDATED? Honestly – parents that don’t want their kids vaccinated – have good reason. MEDICALLY. But that’s a whole other story… Anyhow – your spirituality has NOTHING to do with LAW – nothing to do with others – as they will have their own unique belief system…. IF INSTEAD you had said: Cannabis is a needed chemical in all people starting at age 5 – and backed it up with the scientific defense – I’d be like YAY – let’s get it to them at age 5. But I have not found ANY study at this point in time that proved or guaranteed the safety of children ingesting cannabis. We know that it changes the brain mass — but how? Is that change bad? Is it good? We don’t know yet. So until we do – we can’t say YES… Make sense?

  7. newageblues on

    What do you want done when kids use anyway? The reaction to their use can easily do more damage than the use itself.

  8. Ted Mishler on

    If ones religion, as mine is based, and as some ancient and current religions believe, that cannabis is integral for the prevention of DNA mutation, then you are wrong in your belief that cannabis is not a DNA need. Who are you to tell me my DNA’s needs? I did not ask for your belief to be forced on me concerning MY DNAAS NEEDS, and as you have not the religious grounds for believing like i do, of course, but what i don’t understand, is why do you come off sounding angry for?

    In the ideal world, we do not want others that might put negative energy in the product that we consume into our brains, bodies and souls, that is what i was getting at when i felt that perhaps your calling was not to have stores, if you have any negative thoughts against the nifty plant. and you do, you said so, when you suggested i will have to reread, seems you suggested study needs be done for kids, what makes the publics opinion a matter to contend with concerning cannabis, when a parent should be able to be independent, not FORCED to be dependent on any government or others, perhaps others that have a hate for the plant biasing and essentially destroying any positive outcome coming form their studies, and why do we see others for their permission, and to maybe have to pay for some permit, or license to seek out their FREEDOM that soldiers fought and died for, and we need no need for assistance on peoples opinion on a persons right to believe in cannabis’s healing ability through spiritual enhancement if that is what some of us believe, a majority of goons can not make up sane public policy, as goons do not and will not enjoy cannabis perhaps, lol, not knocking all goons, but goons will not feel the love we feel for the world, and some how, i believe God is all around us all, only we do not usually know it, but some how the nifty plant allows that awareness to be present, and it is my right to believe so, and it is not you or anyones right to seek out laws to have me put in some sort of bondage, and legalizing the plant seems the only way to protect EVERYONE in all states, and that means people need to take responsibility for their own lives, and stop relying on the government’s laws, fines and prisons and wars to solve their problem of putting food on their table, and supplying power to they’re lcd tvs so they can watch leave it to beaver, and there are many ways to do all that, without reliance on ANY fossil fuels too, imagine that, favorite tv shows, and no cost for the electricity
    free transportation too is available
    thermo electric generators have seen to it that we receive messages from voyager 1 and 2, what makes anyone think that technology can not be used by me or you

    excuse typos

  9. Ted Mishler on

    Meki, I should not put my spiritual beliefs on to you, just as you should not enforce your beliefs of law on parents that believe their families should have the spiritual right to use, if they have positive efficacy in them doing so, it just is not right that people believe they have the right to war on others, that is my point, excuse, me, i will read the rest later, i have a few bowls of goodness awaiting…:-)

  10. My spirituality or lack of spirituality is not up for discussion. Your choice to be spiritual – is your choice, and I give you tons of freedom to do so, however, do not put your spirituality on to me, and practice it within your own environment, as your spirituality does not coincide with everyone else’s. To understand this is to see that everyone views religion and spirituality as something different, even if they are from the same “church”. Now, imagine the multitudes of churches. The lack of religion or spirituality is the imperative and not the need for religion. You have the right to have it – but don’t make it imperative for everyone else – who may not share the same views as you. RELIGION IS A PREFERENCE – not a DNA need.

  11. if thats truly the way you feel, you should not own and sell cannabis, as your thoughts lack love for the plants ture eficasy, and your lack of faith in the plant shows, with your belief of allowing children to suffer spiritual blindness, paul harvey said years ago of our brains, that if we do not use them, we lose them.
    How many people spiritually blind are lost due to your type of thinking that they should be without

  12. rock on. It’s just what we have. We either learn to work with in – within in – and cause change – or we just sit there upset in our own world that others cannot agree upon.

    It would be nice if everyone could have their way – at all times… But they can’t. So we deal with the cards we are dealt. Do the best we can – and try hard to hurt no others… Chances are – parents that feel that strongly are going to be dousing their child in cannabis anyway – not like it isn’t happening… They just are probably pretty discreet about it. Not to mention – the truth is – cannabis is an intoxicant – there are a lot of people giving their kids beer, vodka, wine, etc. Heck even the Catholics service their children with wine… So the only issue you have then – is urinalysis… Hmmm – well – it’s illegal — why it’s illegal – well that’s a whole other argument — but since it is illegal – just like drinking and driving – then a urinalysis is acceptable. Do I like it? NOPE.. not one bit – I think it’s invasive and wrong. Can’t come up with a test to measure the here and now – then — don’t do one.
    But then – this is only my opinion – and since law says they can do it – then – guess what? Until I get in there and change the laws – I really have no right to complain – right?

    Look – Pharma doesn’t want cannabis here — cause well – we all know it will cut out a lot of bills being paid… People would rather eat something that doesn’t have side effects than to take pills all day long that leave them fulled with cancer, kill them or make them queasy… So that’s a given. Money talks — Pharma is going to fight this tooth and nail – we’re talking BILLIONS of Dollars – and if states agree to put it in insurance – Pharma is even more screwed — and well if Pharma is putting the pressure on insurance… well there we go – more problems…. Now — let’s go and talk about alcohol – Why would alcohol want to lose money to cannabis? Cause people will smoke and forget to drink that six pack… AND there is more billions of dollars “POOF” up in smoke…

    Oh wait – now you have the OIL company who makes capsules – and fillers for pharma (and a lot more – you just do not want to know) – and there’s a few more billion dollars not spent… Whoops… And then… You have OIL Fuel – which cannabis is an amazing biofuel — and then concrete – as hempcrete… Oh and wait… Everything hemp… And… hmmmm

    So those industries can almost completely be replaced by hemp – no wonder they are lobbying and fighting to keep it illegal. No one wants to lose their million dollar a month paychecks… you certainly wouldn’t…

    So – that’s what you’re really up against – and they don’t give a hoot about spirituality.


    So – while I agree with you in principle – the truth is – it’s illegal in the US according to federal law – because it has “NO MEDICAL VALUE” and is labeled a schedule one…. And the states are following the Cole Memorandum and so on… WHich really is nothing more than a blustery “whoops there it is” statement on hey – do it – we’re not gonna bust you unless you’re doing something else wrong – as long as you follow your state laws to the “T”… So truth is – that’s a lie. Massachusetts already proved that when Doctors were given knock and talks.

    It’s all about money – and money and spirtuality don’t co-exist.

    So – if you want something done – you have to allow the start to happen so that your spirituality point will even have a chance to exist — and parenting points to even exist —– because the current status quo is very shaky. Doesn’t mean people don’t agree with you… but you can wish in one hand and want in another – and neither will fill up on it’s own.

    Start a group – have very clear reasons for being there – and create a PAC – (fundraisers for campaigns – activists) and then campaign – and organize it so it’s very easy — (ok – no it’s not easy – but once you figure it out – you can manage it. ASK – your local city offices – or assembly how to do it.)

    Get a political consultant – a campaign manager and so on …

    That’s how you’ll win your battle… If you can make people vote for you – and raise enough money to travel – pay for advertising and have a good campaign trail where you pay people to make you look good…

    Simple right?

  13. Rock on – excellent commentary – Look each person is entitled to their opinion. But it comes down to law that is going on right now – and the truth is law is in charge. But you rock for your discussion.

  14. Ted Mishler on

    ignorant people ignore our pleas
    I believe true change will only occur, when we successfully engage the enemy of our constitution and religious rights in a court of law

    let them do the leg work making license plates
    i prefer to toke:-)

  15. I don’t believe we should be dictating ideas that could harm a family by locking up parents, taking the kids putting, them in foster care, and I believe that the fear of the kids is the one the haters of our cause use far too often

  16. and perhaps SOME teens look to the GANSTA styles you speak of as an avenue to take, when their parents lie to them concerning cannabis, and when they are prohibited from doing what comes naturally.
    There is not one shred of evidence that cannabis use causes children detriment.
    As I mentioned before, DOCTORS, not you or I, but DOCTORS prescribed cannabis to infants for colic, and for a lot of other helpful reasons




  17. ted mishler on

    I believe you have every right to make children live their lives without the spiritual experience that cannabis can bring, but I do not believe you have the right to force others.
    Doctors used to give cannabis to infants for colic, are you not aware of that?
    How can the USA break its cycle of dependance on this corrupt government, when people like you keep on inventing new laws, and more and more ways to incarcerate people?
    What of the parents, when your thinking drives them away form their children via welfare?
    I came from a divorced family, and I know all about that kind of life style, and it is not one I would recommend, your type of thinking is not going to drive down the divorce rate, if families are locked in cages, while haters will use the save the kids! save the kids!
    Are we to raise a generation of sissies, afraid of their own shadows?
    See, that is exactly the reason I never want any kid, cause too many people like to use kids as a tool to get us locked away, and really, that is a form of mass genocide, if all people that do cannabis are prevented from having families, and really you should stop that attitude, what of the ADULTS?

  18. I understand exactly what you mean. But I cannot take away the reality of the situation. Would I prefer we raised our children how we see fit – and the village raises the child.. YES… But — I know what’s really happening. So I say – we… stand up and work. And do what we are supposed to do — be the majority – by standing up and speaking out. Educating people. Get me a study that says it does no harm – then I’m down to be sure — give an intoxicating substance to a child just to play with… (Yes – I realize you think there is spirituality involved – but I don’t believe in that spirituality – and spirituality is a minority. Religion and state are separated in the US) Do I think that sucks? Yeah – I think parents should be able to do anything that is not harmful – with their children… Harmful is deemed by science. So get a study group to prove it isn’t harmful. It’s that difficult – but if you could pull that off – then fine – give it to the kids – but the parents are responsible for their kids actions and EVERYTHING… Make sense?

    But since logic dictates – we have to go with the way things move and the way things work. That’s just the way it is. So instead of sitting down and getting upset at what I say — READ it… Clearly… I am saying if you want changes – make them happen. Baby steps will get us there – teaching others the truth – that will get us there. Educating on the medical value – educate on the health value – the textile value – the fuel value – the value of cloth, materials, plastics, etc. Stay away from the “420 lifestyle” cause that is what is killing it – they think everyone who smokes pot is Cheech and Chong – or gangster dealer… So – teach the truth… We do… We teach SELF REGULATION — you know what needs to be done – so do it. But don’t be angry at me for speaking the truth… Just because you want another avenue… Instead – make your avenue happen – by making a difference and doing the legwork involved. I do.

  19. I don’t believe families should be dependant on others to tell them how to live

  20. Don’t you suppose that starvation by some due to their inability to
    work, due to anti constitutional discrimination through urinalysis will make an impact and changes on the brains as their bodies atrophy?
    Move up out of the way, if you are part of the problem, then stop it

  21. I any child ends up on skid row, I would wager it is due to others, well meaning in their intentions, yet they forget, that they have no right to raise others children in the first place, and I can there fore not support your want of a prison planet, and broken homes, do you realize the parents in prison can not raise their kids, what of the parents rights, what about the usa going after all those who vote to alienate all who use cannabis? And prevent them from work? Don’t you suppose that starvation by some due to their inability to work, due to anti constitutional discrimination through urinalysis?
    EVERY person on this planet needs to be independent, and your policies will in the long run, make people dependant on a government to raise kids, you are not for independence, you are for dependants on others then, you need tot think twice, as that is not nice.

  22. You could never make a statement that ALL minors will be unharmed, that’s not how science works. You can find strong evidence that most minors will come out perfectly fine, but it doesn’t really get more certain than that, especially when the government is still in charge of most large-scale studies of cannabis. In any case where something bad happens after a kid starts smoking weed, I’m going to assume that there was another underlying factor that led to something negative.

    You obviously have a large knowledge base regarding cannabis, and I love that I get to respond to someone who knows their stuff for once. Just to clarify, I don’t think legal cannabis at this point in the game should be pushing to sell to people under 18. But that does leave those smokers under age 18 in the “black market”, less informed, and generalized as unable to handle the weed. When you’re young and you’ve got issues that are kicking your ass and your only options are antidepressants that can (and did, in my case) make depressed people suicidal, the world looks pretty hopeless. Some pills make you gain weight, some make you sleep all day, some do nothing for you, and most are just marginally more effective than placebos. I was incredibly lucky to discover marijuana. That’s my true medication, although I do take an SSRI because my body chemistry is so dependent on it. I guess my point is that I could justify any potential harm done to me in my younger years because my quality of life is so drastically changed for the better. In a world where minors can’t find cannabis, I would’ve been another mental illness casualty. And even if it wasn’t so important to me medicinally, I don’t think kids getting high is going to be detrimental to their brains unless something was very, very wrong to begin with. Kids take risks all the time, they have no real sense of their own mortality–but weed is a very tame substance when used responsibly. You can’t say the same for cigarettes, alcohol, inhalants, and all the other things people use because they’re not allowed access to their preferred substance.

  23. ted mishler on

    On the surface, its sounds all great you know, yeah! Great for the kids, but in states where their are harsh laws, this sort of discrimination should be discontinued, simply because laws against any use or sale, ends up prohibiting us all from acquiring it if we do not happen to be in a situation to where we could grow our own.
    The laws against cannabis is a form of abuse too, what of those like myself it benefits? Are we to believe we will never be treated fairly in the world of economics, and common decency?
    What right does any ,majority, or minority have to discriminate against even one person

    well, in my protest to the whole notion of opening up a mouth as as well,”al lewis” on the car 54, and munsters is where i remember him most, and but i heard him say it once in a while, must have been a saying back then, “open up a mouth” people like to pretend they are being responsible, so yeah,, and but then look at where states are allowed to be so cruel?
    What ends up happening oh so responsible one, is too many times, according to the newspaper, and the news on tv, happy families are effected in a negative way, maybe the family never gets back together again, and it all starts with hate on others who use it, and the prevent them from work, have families, etc, and their want to stick a nose, and open a mouth, divide and conquer, what right does anyone have to war on another who enjoys it?

    i know i am enjoying my buz this eve, and am about to embark of a bit of time travel of my own, as i watch, now listen carefully, as this is the most important part:-)

    SUPER MOUSE – Mighty Mouse – Super Mouse Rides Again 1943 – Terrytoons

    then i might have to get a refill of mountain dew, then watch
    Mighty Mouse in Frankensteins Cat

    Mighty Mouse in The Johnstown Flood (1946)

    Mighty Mouse in Stop, Look And Listen (1949)

    Mighty Mouse in The Green Line (1944)

    Mighty Mouse The Sky is Falling

    Mighty Mouse – A Cold Romance

    01 Super Mouse Mighty Mouse The Mouse of Tomorrow 1942 Terrytoons

    Terrytoons Mighty Mouse – He Dood It Again (1943)

    06 Super Mouse Mighty Mouse Down with Cats 1943 Terrytoons

    Hector Heathcote Minute and a Half Men 1959

    Hector Heathcote- High Flyer

    Hector Heathcote-The Hectormobile

    Hector Heathcote- The First Fast Mail

    Hector Heathcote- First Flight Up

    Hector Heathcote – Train Terrain 1965


    Astronut – The Skys The Limit

    Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har Har (1962) – Intro (Opening)

    Astronut – Weather Magic

    Yippee, Yappie and Yahooey – The Volunteers

    peter potamus show-closing


    Mighty Mouse in Stop, Look And Listen (1949)


    Luno – The Prehysteric Inventor (1963)

    Clint Clobbers Cat

    Shove Thy Neighbor

    Dustcap Doormat
    Clobbers Ballet Ache

    Clint Clobber – Flamboyant Arms

    Springtime for Clobber

    Topsy Tv (57)

    I think I will then listen again to that nifty video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Swjc5FWm4LA

    and by then it might be time to reup my toke:-)
    might check out a ted talks, while i talk a little more on this comment section of my own type of talk of my own:-)
    love out o the good folk

  24. ted mishler on

    I disagree, as Doctors used to prescribe cannabis to infants for colic, before war against their right to prescribe cannabis for those in need prohibited them from doing so.

    Why do you compare cannabis use as suicide? More hey everybody, lets worship our fears, so that we can all breed a world of people in terror?

  25. Minors have their own cannabis suppliers. The suppliers that prohibition created. Minors get their pot from fellow students in their schools. Under prohibition no adults need be involved in the underage cannabis trade.

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