Residence to round 500 marijuana dispensaries and cultivations, Denver is the capital of the pot commerce in Colorado — however five-plus years after leisure gross sales started, navigating metropolis and state rules can nonetheless be onerous for enterprise homeowners and workers. To assist them out, the Denver Division of Excise and Licenses has employed a brand new liaison to assist marijuana dispensary, develop and infused-product services keep away from future complications.
Greater than 4 months after the place was created, former journalist Joey Peña was lastly named the town’s first official cannabis course of navigator on June 19. In an announcement of the rent, Excise and Licenses stated that Peña’s position might be to “assist the trade navigate the foundations, to fortify and develop belief and transparency between the cannabis trade and Denver’s marijuana regulatory businesses, and function some extent of contact between marijuana companies and the Metropolis of Denver.”
Proudly owning a enterprise within the marijuana trade comes with a novel set of rules, tax techniques and licensing processes, together with particular zoning necessities and promoting rules. The addition of Peña was made to assist enterprise homeowners have a greater working relationship with metropolis regulators, in accordance with Excise and Licenses director Ashley Kilroy.
“We’re at all times searching for methods to enhance so we will proceed to supply a business-friendly atmosphere and defend public security. As we transfer ahead into the subsequent period of legalized marijuana, this new place will present a go-to individual in Denver for the trade to collaborate with and find out about rules,” Kilroy stated within the assertion. “Joey’s intensive background in writing and reporting concerning the trade and authorities regulation equips him with the data essential to function a direct level of contact who can efficiently tackle trade considerations.”
Kilroy provides that the brand new place was created after trade suggestions asking for extra engagement from the town. A reporter for Marijuana Enterprise Each day for a number of years whereas additionally working in communications for Denver Public Colleges, Peña will use his schooling and marijuana expertise to carry working-group conferences with Denver pot companies whereas additionally pushing variety.