State unveils first MMJ licenses, new workgroup




A news release from the Medical Marijuana Industry Group says the state of Colorado has begun issuing licenses to medical marijuana centers. The first in Colorado Springs has gone to the Briargate Wellness Center (reports the Gazette), while the first in Denver to be licensed is Dr. J's Hash Infusion. (The Denver Post reports that, overall, 11 licenses have been issued thus far.)

Accompanying the release is news of the newly formed Denver Medical Marijuana Workgroup, chaired by none other than Matt Cook. He's the former director of enforcement for the Colorado Department of Revenue and was the first person charged with regulating our burgeoning MMJ industry before he retired in June.

Similar to our own Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council, the group will serve as a liaison between the city's medical marijuana businesses, the Department of Excise and Licenses and the Denver City Council.

“The Workgroup will provide a constructive forum for Denver business owners to gain more information about local licensing, and a means for the community to provide useful feedback to the Denver City Council and the Local Licensing Authority," says Cook in the release. "These meetings are open to the public — and we invite you to come participate.”

Workgroup vice-chair Norton Arbelaez chimes in with: "The Medical Marijuana Industry Group is proud to have created this Workgroup with the help of Denver’s major industry stakeholders," he says. "Our goal is to be the bridge between the medical marijuana business community and the City of Denver. Our mission is to help implement Colorado’s regulatory model in Denver, thereby ensuring that patients have continued safe, legal access.”

Asked how long the group will exist, MMIG executive director Michael Elliott writes in an e-mail that "it is likely permanent."

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