California: Retailers Not Selling Cannabis to Underage Patrons

San Diego, CA: Marijuana retailers in California consistently check IDs prior to making cannabis sales, according to data published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics

A pair of researchers affiliated with the University of California at San Diego and with UCLA assessed retailers’ compliance with the state’s minimum age laws.

Consistent with prior studies, investigators identified virtually no incidences of retailers selling cannabis to patrons without first validating that they were age 21 or older. 

They reported, “California laws further require ID check before any purchase, and overall compliance with this rule was high at 678 [out of 700 eligible] RCDs [recreational cannabis dispensaries] (96.8 percent).”

Studies from other states where marijuana sales are legal, such as Colorado and Oregon, have similarly reported exceptionally high compliance rates among licensed facilities. 

Full text of the study, “Assessment of recreational cannabis dispensaries’ compliance with underage access and marketing restrictions in California,” appears in JAMA Pediatrics. Additional information is available from the NORML fact sheet, ‘Societal Impacts of Cannabis Dispensaries/Retailers.