SALEM, OR -- A number of Marijuana retailers across the state failed a recent spot check by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission; Central Oregon is the only region to achieve 100% compliance.
Over the holidays, inspectors sent teen decoys into dozens of pot shops in the Willamette Valley, southern Oregon and the High Desert. Portland stores had the worst compliance rate, with four out of seven stores failing to check the ID of a minor volunteer. Five shops were checked in Central Oregon, and the OLCC says all correctly verified IDs.
OLCC decoys tested 66 pot shops statewide, and 16 were found out of compliance by either letting minors into the stores or selling them marijuana. "[It's] Not the result we were expecting. The industry didn’t perform up to the expectations that we have of it," says Mark Pettinger, with the OLCC. He says they will strictly monitor retailers to stop this from happening. The agency plans to test every store in the state this year, "Our expectation is that they are going to be pretty quickly improving upon these low compliance rates," says Pettinger.
Under the law, retailers can't sell recreational marijuana to anyone under the age of 21; it's also illegal to allow anyone younger than 21 into the stores. Violators can face fines and license suspensions.