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Sting Operations Show No Colorado Cannabis Stores Selling To Kids


colorado marijuana store stings kids childrenOne of the first things that cannabis industry opponents say when trying to spread their message is that legalizing cannabis sales will increase children’s access to cannabis. That will then be accompanied by a surge in cannabis use by underage people these opponents claim. If recent underage sting operations in Colorado are any indication, those claims are unfounded.

Law enforcement and state regulators recently conducted underage sting operations at cannabis stores in Denver and Pueblo. Underage individuals were sent into twenty different stores to try to purchase legal cannabis, similar to the way underage sting operations are conducted on alcohol retailers. Every single store refused to sell cannabis to the underage individuals. That’s a 100% compliance rate. Per 9News:

Despite the limited scope of the sting operations in the fast-expanding marijuana industry, the announcement provides a welcome image boost to pot shops.

“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.

I wonder how many times underage stings have been conducted on alcohol establishments and it resulted in a 100% compliance rate. These sting operations are proof that regulating cannabis works to help keep cannabis out of the hands of kids. The black market does not have age requirements, and does not check ID. It’s going to be very hard for prohibitionists to try to spin and spin this one and continue to claim that the sky is falling in Colorado.

Source: International Cannabis Business Conference


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Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.


  1. Doc Deadhead on

    A few years ago my Brother and I had 55 cigarette machines in bars.

    The catholic human services folks along with the State Police conducted a sting on our machines.

    End result was 4 of the bars actually gave change to the under age girl so she could buy cigarettes.

    Moral of the story…..I guess it’s easier for an underage to go into a BAR and BUY cigarettes than it is for an underage to get some pot.

    Good going Colorado, don’t give any ammo to the haters!

  2. Doc Deadhead on

    I guess a pop-top beer can is child proof ‘eh, how about the screw off wine bottles…..real child proof they are.

    Legalize, Tax, and Regulate JUST LIKE Alcohol…….NO more, NO less.

    Alcohol kills, pot does not. No need to over regulate the less harmful one.

  3. Most people do not want legal marijauna to go away. I am sure the penalties for the pot shops are stricture than they are for the liqure stores. Plus prison. The said thing is the police are spending a lot of time trying to set up marijauna stores when they should be out defending the public.

  4. Lol, that’s kinda funny. I didn’t see this clip but I’m presuming it was an edible? They’re not marketed to kids, in fact most/almost all edibles aren’t even marketed at all lol. They’re just there in dispensaries for adult purchase, those who use edibles know where and what they are. Colorful and upbeat packaging is fairly common in this industry and many other adult industries… Don’t know how Sabet jumped to the idea that means it’s marketed to kids. This dude is so far out, it’s hard not to just laugh lol.

  5. In his debate the other day Sabet was waving around a candy (strawberry crisp or something) saying “This is marketed towards kids!” after saying the packaging wasn’t properly child-proof. He’ll continue to do this despite results like this.

  6. Let this be a model for the rest of the country, let’s prove to Kevin sebat and the rest how wrong they are.

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