Disappointing news has been announced from Denver, CO where a city police sting resulted in seven recreational dispensaries being cited for selling cannabis to persons under the legal age of 21.
A total of 30 dispensaries were investigated in the operation. Seven people received tickets and a class 1 misdemeanor charge for selling to a person younger than 21. Violating dispensaries could face steep penalties, including license suspensions and heavy fines.
All previous sting operations in Denver resulted in zero violations. However, recent violations in Aspen and Washington state have raised some eyebrows toward the industry.
According to Lewis Koski of the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division, these violations will reduce the industry’s overall statewide compliance rate to 92%.
“It may be a little too soon to know exactly why that is but what that tells us is that we need to continue to partner with the regulated industry to make sure that they’re really clear,” Koski said.
While some cannabis industry organizations have been critical of the violations, others feel the industry is operating as expected.
Mason Tvert of the Marijuana Policy Project stated,
“Really this is how the system’s intended to work to make sure that people are asking for ID, and, in most cases, it keeps them out and to punishes those who fail to do that,”
“Prior to the establishment of these stores and this system – every person selling marijuana failed to ask for ID. So what we’re seeing now is a massive improvement.”
According to Koski, compliance rates for the alcohol and tobacco industries average around 91 or 92 percent, practically the same as cannabis.
The seven locations involved in the sting were:
The Herbal Cure 985 S. Logan St.
LaContes Clone Bar 105 E. 7th Ave.
The Healing House 2383 S. Downing St.
Herbs 4 You 20 E. 9th Ave.
Mile High Green Cross 852 N. Broadway St.
Higher Expectations 1332 S. Cherokee St.
Pure Medical Dispensary 505 W. 40th Ave.
In a city where there are more dispensaries than Starbucks and McDonald’s combined, Denver Relief has become a go to shop for local cannabis connoisseurs and tourists alike.
As the longest continuously operating marijuana dispensary in Denver, Denver Relief is located on the South end of the street that has been industry branded the ‘Green Mile’.
Catering to both medical and recreational patients, Denver Relief is a great destination for a first time dispensary goer. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable about their product selection, making choosing the right option a breeze.
Upon entering the medicine room at Denver Relief you immediately notice the large product selection. Denver Relief has a number of award winning strains from multiple industry publications, including the 2013 U.S. Cannabis High Times Cup Best Hybrid – OG18. Some favorites from our visit include the classic sativa Durban Poison and hybrid Blue Dream.
If flowers aren’t your forte, the vast selection of edibles, topicals, and concentrates are sure to please. Some of the more popular brands of products Denver Relief carries include Dixie, Green Dot Labs, White Mouse Concentrates, Incredibles, and many more.
One thing that is prevalent throughout Denver Relief is their community involvement. From the large non-perishable food collection barrel in the waiting room to the college donation jars at checkout, it’s clear they are stewards in the local community.
For those looking to gain a little bit more from their dispensary experience Denver Relief is a great destination. Friendly and knowledgeable service, with top shelf product makes Denver Relief truly unique.
Visit their website here and browse more pictures of the shop below.
(Disclaimer: Members of the Denver Relief ownership are business advisors of Whaxy. Regardless, the shop, people, and product are great.)