Colorado's director of marijuana coordination Andrew Freedman and former Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division chief Lewis Koski address the Denver Marijuana Management Symposium in 2015 at the Colorado Convention Center. (Photo by Joshua Duplechian, courtesy of the City of Denver)

Denver’s unique Marijuana Management Symposium will return in October 2016

The city of Denver will again host an educational symposium for other governments charged with “implementing marijuana policies and regulations at the local and state levels,” the city’s Office of Marijuana Policy announced Wednesday.

The "Supporting Youth Development with Marijuana Tax Revenue" panel at the Denver Marijuana Management Symposium in 2015 at the Colorado Convention Center. (Photo by Joshua Duplechian, courtesy of the City of Denver)
The “Supporting Youth Development with Marijuana Tax Revenue” panel at the Denver Marijuana Management Symposium in 2015 at the Colorado Convention Center. (Photo by Joshua Duplechian, courtesy of the City of Denver)

After a successful debut in 2015, the Denver Marijuana Management Symposium will play the Colorado Convention Center on Oct. 27-28. An optional tour of various state- and city-regulated cannabis businesses will be given on Oct. 26, according to media materials.

“We are so proud and excited to again host this gathering of regulators, officials and visionaries,” Ashley Kilroy, executive director of the city’s Office of Marijuana Policy said in a release. “The symposium is a great opportunity for regulators to exchange ideas and best practices, and to discuss what managing legal marijuana looks like at the local and state levels.”

The symposium will include speakers, panels and breakouts on different topics — and another city-involved event, the Cannabis Sustainability Symposium, will be held Oct. 26 at the Colorado Convention Center. That event, hosted by the Organic Cannabis Association with support from Denver’s Department of Environmental Health, “will educate attendees on the latest tools, techniques and technologies for efficient and safe cannabis production,” according to its website.

The city’s first Marijuana Management Symposium — the first government-organized cannabis event of its kind — brought 220 paid attendees and an additional 110 presenters and staff members to the Colorado Convention Center in Nov. 2015. Attendees at the 2015 event included Boulder County marijuana and liquor licensing clerk Christopher Mallory, Colorado Department of Agriculture pesticide program manager John Scott and the city of Amsterdam’s Yvette van Groenigen, who advises Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and gave an impromptu, and well-attended, presentation on pot policy in the Netherlands.