69.50.555  <<  69.50.560 >>   69.50.561

Controlled purchase programsPersons under age twenty-oneViolationCriminal penaltyExceptions.

(1) The state liquor and cannabis board may conduct controlled purchase programs to determine whether:
(a) A marijuana retailer is unlawfully selling marijuana to persons under the age of twenty-one;
(b) A marijuana retailer holding a medical marijuana endorsement is selling to persons under the age of eighteen or selling to persons between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one who do not hold valid recognition cards;
(c) Until July 1, 2016, collective gardens under *RCW 69.51A.085 are providing marijuana to persons under the age of twenty-one; or
(d) A cooperative organized under RCW 69.51A.250 is permitting a person under the age of twenty-one to participate.
(2) Every person under the age of twenty-one years who purchases or attempts to purchase marijuana is guilty of a violation of this section. This section does not apply to:
(a) Persons between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one who hold valid recognition cards and purchase marijuana at a marijuana retail outlet holding a medical marijuana endorsement;
(b) Persons between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one years who are participating in a controlled purchase program authorized by the state liquor and cannabis board under rules adopted by the board. Violations occurring under a private, controlled purchase program authorized by the state liquor and cannabis board may not be used for criminal or administrative prosecution.
(3) A marijuana retailer who conducts an in-house controlled purchase program authorized under this section shall provide his or her employees a written description of the employer's in-house controlled purchase program. The written description must include notice of actions an employer may take as a consequence of an employee's failure to comply with company policies regarding the sale of marijuana during an in-house controlled purchase program.
(4) An in-house controlled purchase program authorized under this section shall be for the purposes of employee training and employer self-compliance checks. A marijuana retailer may not terminate an employee solely for a first-time failure to comply with company policies regarding the sale of marijuana during an in-house controlled purchase program authorized under this section.
(5) Every person between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one who is convicted of a violation of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable as provided by RCW 9A.20.021.

NOTES:

*Reviser's note: RCW 69.51A.085 was repealed by 2015 c 70 § 49, effective July 1, 2016.
Effective date2015 c 70 §§ 21, 22, 32, and 33: See note following RCW 69.51A.230.
Short titleFindingsIntentReferences to Washington state liquor control boardDraft legislation2015 c 70: See notes following RCW 66.08.012.
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