Have questions or concerns about recreational marijuana in Colorado? Or are you just a little bit curious about the burgeoning industry that finds its ground zero in Denver?
Mark your calendar for June 17, 6-7:30 p.m. MDT and join industry leaders and our colleagues at The Denver Post — The Cannabist’s parent organization — for the panel “Colorado and recreational marijuana: How is the new era going?” The panel will take over The Denver Post auditorium at 101 W. Colfax Ave.; Registration is free, but RSVPs are mandatory. For those unable to attend in person, there also will be a live video feed of the panel on The Cannabist’s home page.
“We hope to cover a lot of topics during the hour and a half assessing the first six months’ experience of having marijuana available for retail sale in this state,” said Vincent Carroll, editor of The Denver Post’s editorial pages and a moderator of the panel, “as well as the first 18 months of legalization.”
Panel guests include Andrew Freedman, the state of Colorado’s director of marijuana coordination; Christian Sederberg, partner at law firm Vicente Sederberg and a prominent voice in the national pot debate; Tim Byers, associate dean for public health practice at the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado; Scott Martinez, Denver city attorney; and Gina Carbone, founding member of Smart Colorado, a non-profit dedicated to minimizing the negative consequences of legalized marijuana for Colorado’s youth.
Some questions the panel hopes to tackle, according to Carroll: Is overall regulation adequate? Has the black market been affected? Has overall public consumption been affected? Youth consumption? Are edibles properly regulated? What are the latest research about the short and long-term effects of pot consumption on the individual user? Where should we draw the distinction between public and private use? Driving while stoned, growing problem or unknown?
Carroll will be joined by co-moderators Alicia Caldwell and Jeremy Meyer, both editorial writers for The Post.