If you’re looking to purchase cannabis from The Herbery between Nov. 4-13, please visit our locations on Chkalov or St. Johns. Sales at The Herbery Eastside will be suspended until 9 a.m. on Nov. 14, by order of the State of Washington.
The suspension comes after employees failed a routine sting operation by the Liquor Cannabis Board. A minor working for the LCB was sent into The Herbery Eastside undercover, and was allowed to enter the premises and purchase a pre-roll.
“Preventing minors from entry and not selling to a minor is our obligation. This is on us, and we own it,” said Jim Mullen, co-owner of The Herbery. “We are lucky to be suspended for only 10 days – other stores have received penalties of 15-30 days. We were able to negotiate leniency because we are good players and overall run a tight and compliant business.”
The suspension only affects operations at the 164th Ave location. The Herberys on St. Johns and Chkalov remain in business.
As a company, we believe in safe and responsible cannabis use for adults. We are aligned with the State’s mission of keeping marijuana out of the hands of minors, and after failing the sting this past January, we have put new policies into place at all three locations to recommit to that goal.
Customers have experienced increased security measures, including scanning every ID upon entry to ensure validity. We no longer accept vertical Washington driver’s licenses, which are only issued to minors, and guests who look under 40 will be asked to review their ID at the register. Not only do these policies protect the company from penalty, but also budtenders, who may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony if she or he allows a minor entry or sells product to a minor.
“While we strive to make every guest feel welcome and at home at The Herbery, security at the front door and the registers is our first priority,” said Mullen. “We want to protect what we have built, and we thank our loyal customers who understand that our security policies keep our doors open and our industry strong.”
The Herbery Eastside will reopen at 9 a.m. on Nov. 14.