SEATTLE – (Lux) Pot Shop, one of the Washington State’s most prominent cannabis retailers, will close its doors on March 13th for 15 days, due to a compliance infraction.
Washington State has one of the most complex recreational cannabis industries in the nation. Cannabis remains a schedule 1 narcotic at the Federal level and the consequences of compliance infractions are far more severe than most other industries in the United States. Just three missteps can cost a business everything.
Known for having one of the State’s most robust identification protocols of any cannabis retailer, (Lux) Pot Shop is a testament to the challenges all retailers are facing in this fledgling industry. (Lux) has an outstanding score across all online review platforms, but one of the most common complaints are from people who are obviously of age, not wanting to have their ID scanned. Unfortunately while a ‘we card everyone under 47’ policy works at liquor stores, bars, etc., scanning every single ID that walks in the door, is the only way retailers can truly safeguard their business. This is a complaint that has been echoed among several shops across the state. “It’s something we take extremely seriously and have placed compliance at the forefront of all of our company policies”, says Kc Franks, Owner of (Lux)
Two former employees at (Lux) failed to follow the company’s protocol, and in both events, sold to an undercover Liquor and Cannabis Board minor. The first instance resulted in a large fine. The second resulted in an infraction that will result in a 15 day suspension and fine.
Kc said that while this upcoming closure will be difficult for (Lux) Their team will be taking this time to do clean up and work on operational efficiencies, as well as take an entire day for a company wide ID verification course with Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board enforcement officers.
Additionally, (Lux) will focus on the local community. (Lux) is offering it’s employees pay for volunteer hours during the two-week closure. Staff members will be volunteering at Saint Luke’s Parish, helping serve food to community members in need — and also working to create a new program called ‘Beautify Ballard,‘ a recurring cleanup program throughout the neighborhood.
Initially the focus of the program will to be to pick up garbage around South Ballard.
On March 28th to show their appreciation for their fiercely loyal customers (Lux) will host a massive Customer Appreciation Sale. To find out more about these exclusive offers, visit their website luxpotshop.com.
Kc M. Franks
(Lux) Pot Shop