Marijuana: Englewood MMCs not serving minors, but many bars, restaurants did
U.S. Attorney John Walsh says his seizure-threat letters to medical marijuana dispensaries near schools are intended to protect kids.
But in Englewood, it appears that minors are much more likely to get illegal intoxicants from bars, restaurants and liquor stores than MMCs.
The Englewood Police Department, working in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Revenue's liquor enforcement division, recently completed a project targeting establishments that serve or sell liquor. Investigators aged eighteen to twenty visited each of the 68 Englewood businesses that fit this description and tried to buy alcohol. If they were asked for an ID, they provided one that showed them to be under 21.
The results? Nineteen of the 68 sold booze to the minors. "That comes to something like a 28 percent violation rate," says Sergeant Christian Contos, EPD spokesman and member of the department's impact team, "which to us is very, very high. We would prefer zero violations."
The Englewood Police impact team.
The complete list of businesses that failed this test is on view below. According to Contos, "the individual who sold the alcohol to an underage person received a citation and will have to appear in our municipal court. And the store or business will have to appear before our liquor and medical marijuana licensing authority to explain the violation. They could have repercussions that range from a suspended probation type of sentence all the way up to the most extreme, revocation of their license." Some of these hearings have already taken place, he adds, while others cases will likely be considered at the panel's next meeting.
Thus far, Englewood hasn't conducted a similar operation aimed at the community's three medical marijuana dispensaries, "but we do regular business checks," Contos says, "and all of them are extremely strict. They don't even let someone in the store if they don't have a license to display."
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