Cenex Fined for Tobacco Compliance Check Failure

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 at 6:32 am

The Chisago County Sheriff’s Department conducted an undercover tobacco compliance check in December. For the third straight year, the Central Rivers Co-op or Cenex failed.  Cenex is the only Rush City business to fail during the December 2008 checks, according to Rush City Administrator Amy Mell.

The City Council decided Monday to fine the business $250 and send a letter to their corporate headquarters warning that if they do not comply in the future, Cenex’s tobacco license may be revoked.

Compliance checks must involve minors over the age of 15, but under 18, who, with prior written consent of a parent of guardian attempt to purchase tobacco under the direct supervision of a law enforcement officer or and employee of the city.

The city’s ordinance states licenses can only be revoked for a third violation is 12 months, and therefore the city can only assess a fine in Cenex’s case.

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