The Department of Revenue's MMJ advisory group of 25 was originally scheduled to meet today behind closed doors, prompting complaints from people like Laura Kriho from the Cannabis Therapy Institute .
"The Colorado Sunshine Law requires that any meetings by any advisory board be open to the public at all times," Kriho says in a news release. "The Cannabis Therapy Institute pointed this out to the department in several e-mails over the course of the last few days. Originally, the department claimed this meeting was exempt from the Open Meetings Act."
Under pressure, the DOR rescheduled the meeting for 9 a.m. on Aug. 27.
Regardless, senior director of enforcement Matt Cook told the Indy the meeting was never intended to be secret.
"I don't have a problem with [a public meeting] at all. I've been very transparent with this industry from square one, and I will absolutely continue to do so," Cook says. "There was no attempt to try and do anything sneaky, or anything else. I've told 3,000 people in public forums about the meetings. If you look at who's on the committee, I think you would have to agree it's not a private kind of thing at all."
Westword's quick glance at the committee members shows representation by Brian Vicente of advocacy group Sensible Colorado, Denver attorney Rob Corry and Matt Brown with Coloradans for Medical Marijuana Regulation, among others.
"I don't have any problem with it at all," Cook says. "I just want to try and create a forum where we can get some things done — that's the critical part."