Sheriff: 3 marijuana shop employees in Pueblo County sold pot to minor during sting 88

Three employees at a Pueblo County recreational marijuana shop were issued summonses after authorities say they sold pot to a minor during a sting operation.
The county sheriff’s office said the citations were issued Thursday to employees at Strawberry Fields off of Interstate 25 north of the city of Pueblo. The employees’ names were not released.
“It makes my heart sink that a fake ID, or an underage ID, got through our doors,” owner Michael Kwesell told The Denver Post on Friday. “To that effect, we use a third-party security company as our first layer of defense. We immediately check ID’s. We have an ID checking book.”
Kwesell declined to say if the employees cited by the sheriff’s office have been fired. He said Thursday represents the first time one of his stores has been accused of such a violation.
Investigators say they conducted undercover operations at several Pueblo County retail marijuana shops on Thursday after receiving complaints that underage individuals were being sold pot.
“I guess I’d like to thank the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office for caring about their community to go out and do these inspections,” Kwesell said. “They should go out and continue doing these. They should come back again to our store. It’s just going to make us a better, stronger more compliant company.”
He added: “Somehow, on a busy afternoon — there’s no good excuse — one of them got through. We’ll do our best to learn from it and move forward.”
Strawberry Fields has another location in Pueblo County and a third that sells medical marijuana in Colorado Springs.
“These business owners don’t want to jeopardize their license,” David J. Lucero, the sheriff’s office’s law enforcement bureau chief, said in a statement. “So while it might be tempting to sell to underage persons, knowing we have these operations in place from time to time  is a great deterrent and that makes our under-age population safer.”

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