Adults 21 years and older can buy recreational marijuana products in Oregon.
Pettinger said keeping minors out of dispensaries is different than policing alcohol retailers because clerks don’t check IDs for alcohol until a person is about to make a purchase.
“With marijuana or cannabis retailers, that screening is supposed to take place as they enter the premises,” he said.
For years, the OLCC has tested compliance at liquor stores. Many of those stores have ID verification software systems to check for fakes.
Fledgling marijuana dispensaries have yet to install the technology, Pettinger said.
It’s unknown whether the industry has a problem with underage customers.