State Of Washington Plans To Send Minors Into Marijuana Stores To Try And Buy Pot

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Officials in the state of Washington will attempt to make sure that pot stores are only selling marijuana to those of legal age by sending in minors to attempt to make purchases.

The state Liquor Control Board already uses minors in "controlled buys" of alcohol at retail stores, according to The Oregonian, and it is also responsible for implementing the new law that allows adults over the age of 21 to possess an ounce of pot.

The Denver Post noted that the board's enforcement chief said it makes sense to apply the same practice to pot, especially since the federal Department of Justice is closely monitoring Washington’s newest legal intoxicant.

"Of course the feds are looking at a tightly regulated market around youth access, and I think this shows we're being responsible," Justin Nordhorn stated.

It's apparently the store clerks' responsibility to make sure customers are 21. The law does not allow minors even in stores. If the minor sent into a store is able to buy pot, the minor would go outside, where an enforcement officer would reportedly be waiting and the officer would go in and cite the store for a violation.

The penalty for a first offense is a 10-day suspension of a store's license or a $2,500 fine. A second violation in three years would bring a 30-day license suspension and a third violation in three years would cost a business its license.

It might be easier to enforce the law at the state's pot shops as opposed to stores that sell alcohol. Washington plans to allow just 334 marijuana stores. The state has licensed more than 20,000 locations to sell alcohol.

Sources: Denver Post, The Oregonian