The importance of ID checks at cannabis dispensaries

| Mar 1, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

If you own a cannabis dispensary ID checks are critical for the survival of your business. The sale of tobacco and liquor has always caused a need for ID checks, but there are reasons to be even more careful.

According to the Coloradoan, minors cannot be present where any products or plants are visible. ID checks in cannabis dispensaries must be even more stringent than liquor stores.

Forgetting to Check ID

In Colorado, you should check IDs twice, once when the customer enters the building and again when the customer makes a purchase. Acceptable IDs are government-issued photo IDs from U.S. states and territories, U.S. military IDs, international IDs and federally recognized tribal cards.

If you forget to check ID, it can result in a suspension, a fine or a shutdown of the business. The fines can run between $10,000 to $100,000. You could lose the occupational badge that allows you to work in the cannabis industry.

Spotting a Fake ID

According to the Coloradoan, the police update local businesses on the latest fake ID trends. There are guidebooks for purchase that explain the complexities of different state IDs. Police departments like the Fort Collins Police Department have collections of fake IDs to teach others how to spot the trends in fake IDs.

Colorado added more advanced securities to driver’s licenses in 2016, but it took less than a year for fake IDs to copy the real IDs. You have to be able to see the face, expiration date, birth date and state seal.

Police conduct routine compliance checks to ensure that dispensaries card minors.