Denver Marijuana Management Symposium

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As the first major city in the world to develop tools for the regulation, enforcement and education around legalized, commercialized marijuana, Denver was proud to host this gathering of regulators, officials and visionaries.

This symposium featured guest speakers, panels and breakout sessions on a number of topics.

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2016 Agenda

Day 1
26 Oct 2016
Day 2
27 Oct 2016
Day 3
28 Oct 2016

Symposium Check-In

  • Enter on 14th Street near the Blue Bear and proceed to the registration tables on Concourse F near the 300/400 Hallway. Map
  • All participants must show their AXS symposium ticket upon check-in (either on a mobile device or a printed copy). Tickets will be exchanged for a symposium credential.

Optional Marijuana Business Educational Tours

  • 2-5 & 3-6 p.m.
Tour Guidelines

-Please check in at the registration tables (see above) and proceed to the Stout Street shuttle pickup lane on the north side of the convention center, between the building and the light rail station. Map
-All participants must be checked in 30 minutes prior to their scheduled tour time.
-All participants must be 21 or older and have a valid, government-issued ID.
-Marijuana is NOT available for sale by tour staff, and marijuana consumption of any kind is not permitted.
-Participants WILL visit a licensed retail marijuana store and cultivation facility.

  • Participants will be chauffeured throughout Denver in luxury limo bus transportation, being picked up and dropped off at the Colorado Convention Center.
  • Bottled water and snacks are provided.
  • The excursion includes a tour of a retail marijuana store and a large cultivation facility where you can learn about the cultivation of cannabis from clone to harvest and have all of your questions answered by master growers.
  • The tour also includes a stop to see the extraction process at a Marijuana Infused Product manufacturer.
  • The tour is an additional, separate activity from the symposium. The City and County of Denver is in no way responsible for the tour nor does it endorse the companies whose facilities are visited on the tour.
  • $80 additional cost to registration

Symposium Check-In

  • Enter on 14th Street near the Blue Bear and proceed to the registration tables on Concourse F near the 300/400 Hallway. Map
  • All participants must show their AXS symposium ticket upon check-in (either on a mobile device or a printed copy). Tickets will be exchanged for a symposium credential.

Welcome Message

Video: Mayor Hancock welcomes the conference to Denver.

City & State: Three Years In

Denver’s Executive Director of Marijuana Policy, Ashley Kilroy, and Colorado’s Director of Marijuana Coordination, Andrew Freedman, will bring us up to speed on what has changed – and what hasn’t – in the last year, what new issues and challenges have arisen, and where we’re headed as the city and the state remain on the leading edge of marijuana management.
Ashley Kilroy


Coffee, snacks and other refreshments.

Colorado Roundtable: What’s Happening Around the Centennial State

Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace, Breckenridge Tourism Office CEO Lucy Kay and the Deputy Senior Director of Enforcement of the Colorado Department of Revenue join Ashley Kilroy for a look around the state of Colorado. The group will discuss impacts on communities large and small, effects on their image and culture, cannabis tourism, successes, challenges and lessons learned.
Ashley Kilroy

Presentation from the Netherlands + Lunch

Pick up a box lunch (provided to all conference attendees) and hear a European perspective on marijuana regulation from the Netherlands’ Legal Advisor on Safety & Governance.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions I

Community Health & Safety

This panel of environmental health, legal and community experts will discuss pesticides, recalls, food safety, odors, pot clubs, clean indoor air laws and other community health issues.

Measuring the Impacts

Denver’s Marijuana Management Analyst, Netia Ingram, will be joined by experts from the State of Oregon, the Marijuana Policy Group and Denver Health to talk about early findings on the impact of marijuana legalization on public health, crime, the environment, and the economy, and the importance of gathering all this complicated data.


Coffee, snacks and other refreshments.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions II

Law Enforcement & Public Safety

Hear from Denver Police Cmdr. James Henning, Aurora Police Sgt. Scott Pendleton and former Erie Police Chief Marco Vasquez about law enforcement issues with licensed and non-licensed marijuana facilities, diversion and the black market, home grows, public consumption, cannabis events, and the training of law enforcement officers.

Communications & Outreach

Hear from Denver’s Citywide Communications Advisor, Dan Rowland, and other outreach and media experts presenting about effective marketing campaigns for safe driving and talking to youth about marijuana, as well as industry outreach, media and constituent relations, intergovernmental communications, and other topics.

Reception & Meet the Panelists

  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, cash bar and live music!
  • Chat with the subject-matter experts, meet your fellow attendees and make plans for dinner.

National Roundtable: What’s Happening in Other Cities

Ashley Kilroy is joined by her counterparts in Seattle, Portland and Anchorage to give an overview of marijuana regulations and enforcement models in the major cities of each of the four states with legal, recreational marijuana. They’ll discuss the key issues and challenges facing their cities, successes, lessons learned and best practices.
Ashley Kilroy


Coffee, snacks and other refreshments.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions III

Inspections & Compliance

Representatives from Denver’s Excise & Licenses, Environmental Health, Police and Fire departments and the State of Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division will discuss new issues, best practices and lessons learned from the inspections process, including inspector cross-training and safety.


Denver’s Sustainability Advisor will be joined by experts from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Boulder County and the State of Oregon to discuss energy efficiency, water usage, waste management and other sustainability issues within the marijuana industry.


Not provided. Please use this time to explore and enjoy the great options in downtown Denver.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions IV

Licensing, Legal & Land Use

Learn about changing on the fly, and how to deal with quickly evolving licensing regulations from Executive Director Stacie Loucks and her colleagues from the City Attorney’s Office, Community Planning & Development, and Seattle and Portland. The session will cover recent legislative changes and how changing regulations are managed from a licensing, legal and land use perspective.

Youth Prevention & Education

Representatives from the State of Colorado’s Department of Public Health & Environment and Denver’s offices of Marijuana Policy and Behavioral Health are joined by Denver Public School and the Mi Casa Resource Center to discuss their grant programs and efforts on youth education and prevention, and intervention and diversion.


Coffee, snacks and other refreshments.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions V

Financial & Economic Impacts + Employee Safety

Learn about how Denver collects and spends marijuana revenues, receive an economic development perspective from Denver’s City Economist and hear about issues related to banking, tax collection and auditing, and employee safety.

Building & Fire: Permitting & Safety Issues

Hear from Denver Fire and Community Planning & Development department experts on such topics as inspections, permitting, zoning, land use, extractions, hazardous materials, and applying fire and building codes to marijuana facilities.

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