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Lawmakers concerned weed sales to minors not being appropriately monitored in Colorado

Apr 19, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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There have reportedly been only 52 checks conducted so far in 2022.

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In the state of Colorado, marijuana regulators often send underage operatives to dispensaries to check whether or not IDs are required, thereby helping to ensure people under 21 aren’t able to purchase cannabis.

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The number of operatives sent to dispensaries has been slowly decreasing over the years, with 2022 marking the lowest level in three years. And this is disturbing news for some.

The Denver Post reports that in 2019, there were 600 underage operatives sent compared to 118 in 2020, when the numbers dropped significantly because of the pandemic.

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In 2021, the numbers again dropped, this time to 80, while in 2022, there have reportedly been only 52 checks conducted, something that some lawmakers consider alarming.

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Speaking to leaders of the Marijuana Enforcement Division in a state Senate committee hearing late in March, Sen. Sonya Jaquez Lewis is quoted as saying: “You now have a big old spotlight on you. You’ve got the whole Senate looking at you now.”

Per the division’s website, it is tasked with “licensing and regulating the medical and retail Marijuana industries in Colorado,” ensuring that the laws are followed and things are running smoothly. The division suggests the drops in underage operatives aren’t concerning since it has other ways of measuring how often dispensaries ask for IDs.

For example, children’s safety can be ensured by checking if dispensaries have the necessary tools to check for IDs and functioning surveillance cameras, as well as by conducting regular checks of the dispensary’s footage.

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At the beginning of April, Colorado lawmakers tried to introduce a bill that would have increased dispensary supervision.

Senate Bill 149 planned to limit black market cannabis use, reduce underage sales and facilitate contaminated product recalls. However, the bill was denied due to adding further limitations on Colorado’s cannabis industry.

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