Published: Jul 31, 2015, 1:44 pm
By Jesse Paul, The Denver Post
(Story updated July 31, 2015, 2:20 p.m.)
Two recreational marijuana shops in Aspen were cited this week by state regulators for selling pot to an underage customer in a set of rare cases for the industry in Colorado.
State officials have not responded to Denver Post requests for comment on the citations, but Aspen police on Friday confirmed the two infractions. Officials say the citations were issued after a sting Monday.
“We’ re aware that two citations were written in the city Aspen,” said Blair Slickinger, a spokeswoman for Aspen police, who added that the citations were issued at two different shops.
In the 19 months since recreational marijuana has been legal in Colorado, recreational shops — for the majority — have been lauded for their compliance of state law, particularly on the hot button topic of underage possession and consumption.
In Washington, by comparison, which legalized recreational marijuana at the same time Colorado did, but implemented recreational sales six months later, several stores have been reprimanded for selling to minors.
The Aspen Times first reported the Native Roots citation.
Authorities have not said which shops were cited, but Native Roots confirmed to The Post on Friday that one of their employees sold marijuana to a state enforcement officer posing as an underage customer.
“Needless to say, we’re extremely remorseful,” said Dave Cuesta, who handles compliance and licensing for Native Roots.
“We’ve been through several sting operations and this is the first time our employees have sold to undercover agents,” he added.
According to Josh Ginsberg, CEO of Native Roots, one employee was cited in the sting.
“Saying that I’m appalled and outraged by this act would be an understatement,” Ginsberg said in a statement. “Native Roots holds itself to the highest standards, and as a company we’ve put measures in place to ensure the highest standards are met.”
Ginsberg said the employee in question and the Aspen store’s manager have been fired. He said “swift and company-wide action” will be taken to avoid underage sales.
Native Roots is one of Colorado’s largest recreational marijuana enterprises with 11 stores throughout the state, including one in Dillon that opened this week.
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