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Ask a Stoner: Can I Visit a Dispensary if I'm Under 21?

Ask a Stoner: Can I Visit a Dispensary if I'm Under 21?
Westword
Dear Stoner: My spouse and I are visiting Colorado soon. He wants to buy marijuana with me in a dispensary, but I’m under 21. Can I just go in with him, like in a liquor store?
Lana

Dear Lana: You can go through the door of a dispensary if you’re under 21, but don’t expect to get into the shopping area. Colorado dispensaries require visitors to show their IDs before they pass through the waiting room, whether they want to buy something or not, and being with an adult who’s of age doesn’t matter. Some dispensaries won’t even let you hang out in the waiting room if they discover you’re a youngster.

click to enlarge The only people under 21 who are allowed inside a dispensary shopping area are medical marijuana patients. - JACQUELINE COLLINS
The only people under 21 who are allowed inside a dispensary shopping area are medical marijuana patients.
Jacqueline Collins
Dispensaries face heavy scrutiny from law enforcement and state regulators, so much so that most of them won’t accept vertical IDs. So you won’t be able to do much beyond chill in the waiting area while your husband shops — and if employees think you’re leaving to smoke his purchase together, they may not let him in the bud room, either.

One exception to the rule: Colorado medical marijuana patients under 21. But if you’re an MMJ patient from out of state, you can't assume that your documents will be recognized here.


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