Colorado: MED Publish their inaugural Newsletter – Congratulations!

Congratulations on the newsletter. Pit they couldn’t have thought of a slightly more original name!


Here it is in all its glory

Dear Stakeholders,
Welcome to the MED’s first e-Newsletter! We are excited to share this publication with you. We developed this e-newsletter to share recent happenings at the MED, help you get to know our team better, and to increase awareness of compliance materials created specifically for you. We anticipate sending out In the Weeds with timely updates as appropriate, settling into a quarterly schedule starting later this year.
We hope this e-newsletter becomes another useful tool for you to stay informed and learn more about the Division and our team. We look forward to continuing our work together to implement a framework envisioned by the voters of Colorado and the General Assembly, to enhance our services, and to promote public health and safety through responsible regulation and best practices in the regulated community.
Dominique Mendiola
Senior Director, The Marijuana Enforcement Division
The 2023 Legislative Session began on January 9, 2023. We encourage you to follow the action! Here are the best links to help you stay informed:
Reminder about Renewals
Now that 2023 is here, we want to make sure you are aware of the expanded options available to you to renew your business and employee licensees in the new year. With four options available – there is the right choice for everyone.
Preferred: Online renewal
Available for: employee, owner and business renewals
The MED has prioritized making online applications and renewals a staple of our business to make renewals fast and easy for you. Use your computer, phone, or another device with internet access to submit your application. Need additional support? See our training video or use the MED Inquiry Form. Read more below.
The Color of Cannabis and City and County of Denver’s Cannabis Social Equity Business Accelerator Applications for Cohort III are now open!
This free program is designed to boost ownership among individuals disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement. The 10-week accelerator includes:
  • History of Cannabis
  • Knowing Your Regulators
  • Compliance Training
  • Facility Tours
  • Licensing
  • Funding & Capital
  • Business Development
The applications are due February 20, 2023 and classes begin March 18, 2023. Anyone can participate – you do not have to be a Denver resident to apply.
Casey Hilton
  • Position at MED: Senior Policy Advisor – Social Equity
  • Years at MED: 8.5
  • Favorite thing about living in Colorado: Access to outdoor activities and family
  • Why did you want to work with the state’s social equity program? I’m naturally compelled to take on tasks that require creative problem solving and outside-of-the-box thinking. Social Equity is a great opportunity for both. It allows me to work closely with applicants, licensees, members of the MED, and many other industry stakeholders on a wide range of issues and achieve meaningful solutions.
  • Something most people might not don’t know about you: I’m currently working on my backcountry skiing skills in an attempt to avoid long ski lift lines.
Colorado Green Business Network’s Annual Recruitment/Launch
Register for the Colorado Green Business Network’s Annual Recruitment/Launch Event, to be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Join us to learn more about the Colorado Green Business Network and our goals for the coming year and chat with our Green Business Specialists about your application! The event’s presentations will also be available live, through Zoom, if you are unable to make it to the museum. Though, in-person attendance is highly encouraged!
Colorado Energy Office’s CROP Program
As we previously announced, we are pleased to share that the Colorado Energy Office will open its first-ever round of applications for its new Cannabis Resource Optimization Program (CROP) on February 15, 2023. Learn more by visiting the website below and registering for the FREE webinar.
Our partners at the Colorado Department of Transportation have recently launched a Budtender Education and Resources page. Please follow the link below to access the interactive training course, hosted by cannabis-industry education platform Learn Brands. The course is totally free and can be completed in 30 minutes or less. You will earn a certificate of completion, which can be shared with your current or future employers.
In the first week of January, the Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR) shared two legislatively-mandated reports for SB 22-120 concerning the Regulation of Kratom and SB 22-205 concerning Intoxicating Hemp and Tetrahydrocannabinols. You can find both reports on the website and available here:
Additionally, the MED issued two New Rules Industry Bulletins

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