California’s dispensaries are dedicated to protecting minors from accessing cannabis
The sale of marijuana to minors has always been one of the major concerns that the population and many officials have at a general level. In California, the legalization of marijuana has been in place for a long time now. There has been no doubt that licensed marijuana dispensaries in this state have been doing excellent work at protecting minors, according to a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
California’s cannabis industry is sticking to the rules that were established from the beginning, five years ago. Angela Eichelberger, a research scientist with the Insurance Institute who authored the report with the University of Chicago and University of Minnesota experts, said, “Licensed marijuana retailers are clearly keen to follow the rules. They’re aware that the industry hasn’t won everybody over yet, and they don’t want to get shut down.”
In several cases, it was found that there were small and isolated violations of the law, such as workers giving away free samples of groceries. However, the authors of the study have made it clear that the world of unlicensed retailers in the state of California is the biggest problem when it comes to selling marijuana to underage consumers. The lack of taxes and regulations in California makes it easier for unlicensed stores to sell cheaper products to anyone, including minors. This means that the illicit market remains at least three times larger than the legal market, and that is not good behavior.
Anyone who engages in the sale of marijuana to someone under the age of 21 could face charges of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $500 for a first offense.