PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The state has announced it will temporarily increase penalties for those who unintentionally sell marijuana to minors.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the announcement was made Thursday by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which oversees the state's recreational marijuana industry.
It comes on the heels of a statewide sting in December in which almost 20 percent of state-licensed marijuana retailers sold pot to customers under 21.
The commission's executive director Steve Marks called the results of the operation "unacceptable."
In response, the commission announced it will triple penalties for those who sell marijuana to minors unintentionally.
Those first-time offenders will now face a 30-day license suspension or a fine of $4,950. The previous penalty was a 10-day license suspension or a $1,650 fine.
The temporary rule will take effect Friday and remain in effect for six months.
Southern Oregon dispensaries have a 67% compliance rate according to the OLCC.
On December 29, 2017, marijuana inspectors visited 12 licensed marijuana retailers in Southern Oregon.
4 failed a check for prohibiting sales to a minor volunteer.
The OLCC says the dispensaries that did NOT sell to minors include: House of Leaves Ashland, House of Leaves Medford, Talent Health Club, Top Shelf Wellness, La Mota, Wicked Flower Shop, Sensible Cannabis, and Breeze Botanicals.
The dispensaries that DID sell to a minor include: Hijinx Cannabis Company, Cannabiz Experience, Rogue River Herbal, and Rogue River Cannabis.
- Penalties Tripled For Underage Marijuana Sales
- Oregon Regulators Suggest Higher Penalties for Marijuana Sales to Minors
- Penalties increased for selling marijuana to minors at licensed shops
- Police investigate triple homicide
- WATCH: Local dancers perform special number focused on underage drinking
- Police investigate triple homicide near
- JPMorgan fund for Detroit entrepreneurs just tripled
- Should Parkland shooter get death penalty?
- India seeks death penalty for child rapists
- Accused eye-gouger won't face death penalty