OLCC Stiffens Penalties for Underage Sales of Marijuana
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission today approved a temporary rule increasing the penalties for marijuana sales outlets that sell marijuana to minors. The rule includes a provision to revoke an individual’s marijuana worker permit if the permittee intentionally sells marijuana to a minor.
For a first time offense of an unintentional sale of marijuana to a minor, the penalty increases to a 30-day license suspension or a fine of $4,950. Previously the penalty was a 10-day license suspension or a $1650 fine.
The Commission re-evaluated penalties after reviewing recent compliance reports on minor decoy operations.
“There’s no margin for error on making sure that marijuana doesn’t get in the hands of minors – period,” said Paul Rosenbaum, OLCC Commission Chair. “The integrity of Oregon’s regulated system depends on industry compliance across the board.”
The temporary rule takes effect January 26th. OLCC staff will review compliance activity during the 6 month period the rule is in place. Then based on that compliance record, and recommendations by staff, the Commission will consider options for permanent rulemaking.
Selling marijuana to a minor is breaking the law. Two violations in a two year period would result in an automatic 30-day license suspension; three violations in a two year period would result in losing their license.
“It’s our core mission at the OLCC to prevent the sale of marijuana to minors,” said Steve Marks, OLCC Executive Director. “The early results are unacceptable and we’ll keep holding retailers and their employees accountable until they get it right.”