Fed up with pot smoking, Burger Spot bans all unsupervised customers under 18
The team behind Garden Valley, Calif., Burger restaurant Red Rooster Burgers & Brew, got tired of teens smoking weed in the bathroom, among other things, resulting in the ban on all unsupervised customers under the age of 18.
“It is with GREAT sadness that we have made the decision not to allow underage children in the restaurant without a parent or legal guardian for the following reasons…” Red Rooster Burgers & Brew posted September 24th. Red Rooster Burgers & Brew sells burgers, fries, shakes and sundaes, as well as alcoholic beverages like beer or wine.
The post continued, adding a list of dozens of complaints, the first on the list being “bathroom smoked marijuana”. The list included littered condoms, skateboarding, the use and sale of electronic cigarettes, as well as coins, fries and candy thrown at employees.
With a brief review of California law, there is no way for people under the age of 18 to legally consume cannabis, unless it is for medical use and approved by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. ‘a legal guardian.
“Over the past two years, we have spoken to children and expressed our concerns on several occasions!” the post continued. “Then we put rules in place so that they could always feel like they had a place to go, feel safe and hang out with their friends. It is very clear to us that the bad behavior is not going to stop. If you have a child who needs a safe place after school, please contact us. Our intention is not to exile the young people from our community, but to protect our property. Some of their actions are illegal and we will not allow it.
In California, only adults 21 and older can legally purchase recreational pot. There is no age limit for consuming medical cannabis, but minors under the age of 18 need permission from their legal guardians to use medical cannabis. So this means that young adults between the ages of 18 and 20 are allowed to go to state-approved medical clinics, but not to adult-only clinics.
Unfortunately, pot smoking wasn’t the only issue at the burger restaurant, Red Rooster Burgers & Brew. “We also have problems with young people wandering the streets at night and vandalizing the neighborhood,” the message continued. “Recently, a neighbor’s Kalloween exhibit was vandalized. We found pieces of it in our parking lot. It’s unfortunate but we will have to install security cameras to catch these vandals. We live in such a beautiful, quaint town. I wish it wasn’t like that.
Beyond the burger: teens and the pot
The Cheba Hut sandwich chain, which makes “Toasted” submarines, has taken the exact opposite approach, marketing sandwiches like “Thai Sticks” or “Kali Mist” to young adults.
But most business owners don’t want a mess cleaned up when teens take over. In August, Oregon-based Burgerville took an even more extreme step and shut down a franchise in Portland for good, due to underage criminal activity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommends against allowing teens to smoke weed, given developmental changes in the brain. “Unlike adults, adolescent brains are actively developing and often will not be fully developed until the mid-1920s,” the CDC warns. “Using marijuana during this time can interfere with adolescent brain development. “
However, these CDC considerations seemingly fall on deaf ears. An in-depth study published two years ago in the American Journal of Public Health. examined U.S. federal health data from 1991 to 2017 on more than 200,000 high school students and found that the number of students who reported having smoked weed at least once in the past month was multiplied by 10, from 0.6% in 1991 to 6.3% by 2017.