Denver Establishes Working Group to Help Advance Cannabis Business Licensing

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Denver has established a working group to issue recommendations on the city’s cannabis policies and licensing process, according to a Westword report.

In an April 27 memo, the city’s Department of Excise and Licenses announced the Marijuana Licensing Work Group (MLWG), a 24-member advisory board made up of industry and community stakeholders who will “review, discuss, and make recommendations on policy direction and possible marijuana licensing laws, rules and regulations.”

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed two measures into law last year that allow the state’s municipalities to license cannabis delivery and social consumption businesses within their jurisdictions, and the MLWG is charged with reviewing licensing opportunities for these facilities, Westword reported.

The MLWG will also address social equity in Denver’s cannabis industry, according to the news outlet, as the new delivery and social consumption licenses could offer an opportunity to diversify the market.

The working group is scheduled to meet virtually on May 14, May 28, June 11 and June 25, Westword reported. The MWLG must ultimately present its formal recommendations to Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration, as well as the Department of Excise and Licenses’ Office of Marijuana Policy.

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