So, I got rather riled up yesterday about the 76% compliance rate racked up by Oregon pot shops during the last five OLCC minor decoy operations.
DAMN IT, I thought. One in four teens could buy weed at an Oregon pot shop? That’s not good for our movement.
But then I wondered… what was the compliance rate in the last five alcohol stings?
So you know me; I look shit up. The rate for the last five alcohol stings was… 75%.
Huh. Legal marijuana is harder for kids to get than legal alcohol.
Then I remembered trumpeting the first sting numbers from Bend, where they had 100% compliance. Adding that to the other five and we find that in the history of minor compliance checks (6 total) for marijuana, we have an 81% compliance rate.
Adding in the sixth-most recent alcohol check, and booze is sitting at… 78% compliance rate.
Huh. Legal marijuana is harder for kids to get than legal alcohol, still.
So I got adventurous and entered all of the OLCC alcohol compliance check data into Excel. Here’s what I found for alcohol compliance checks about the rate at which booze shops in Oregon successfully checked underage volunteers for ID – with the exception of the month of Nov 2017, legal marijuana was harder (or as hard) for kids to get than legal alcohol, every month last year.
What about the annual rates, going back to when marijuana was first legalized (Nov 2014) in Oregon?
Huh. It seems as if alcohol’s rate for 2014 was the same as marijuana’s rate now and it has been in decline ever since.
I wonder what a month-by-month look at alcohol compliance rates looks like:
Huh. It seems as though only in 17 of the past 47 (no data for Jun ’17) months did alcohol have a greater compliance rate than marijuana has in its first six stings.
It also seems that only 1 of those 17 months happened in 2017, whereas 2016 had 5, 2015 had 6, and 2014 had 5.
And, what do you know, the total number of compliance checks conducted annually has declined from 1,395 & 1,092 in 2014 & 2015 (respectively) all the way down to 651 & 692 in 2016 & 2017.
That means, on a biennial basis, we’re only conducting 54% as many alcohol compliance checks as we did the prior biennium and the compliance rate has dipped from 81% to 79%.
TL;DR = Marijuana retailers are better than alcohol retailers at carding kids; alcohol retailers are getting worse at carding kids; and OLCC is doing almost half as many alcohol compliance checks as they used to.