Washington state cannabis retailer charged with illegally offering free samples

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Washington state regulators claim that a marijuana store in Lacey gave undercover officers the opportunity to take free samples and try the product in an unlicensed portion of the building.

Enforcement officers with the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) searched the building containing Dank’s Wonder Emporium last month after receiving complaints, The Olympian reported.

LCB spokesman Mikhail Carpenter said the licensee advertised an illegal “try it before you buy it” promotion.

Carpenter noted the agency has referred a charge of operating a marijuana club, a Class C felony, to Thurston County prosecutors.

Store owner Random Vaughn said he plans to fight the charge, which could result in his license being taken away.

Vaughn reported the samples were purchased to be consumed in the separate office upstairs for his film production company.

In a similar case, a retailer in Alaska was charged in 2016 with violating the law for handing out free samples, but state regulators let the store’s owner off with a warning.

Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily