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Mayor Hancock to Discuss Marijuana in Denver at Annual Denver Marijuana Management Symposium

DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Excise and Licenses executive director Ashley Kilroy will hold a media availability tomorrow, Thursday, November 1, at Denver’s Marijuana Management Symposium. The availability will take place at 9:00 a.m. on the third-floor Rexford Room at the Embassy Suites on 1420 Stout St. in Denver. Mayor Hancock and Executive Director Kilroy will discuss:

  • Denver’s successful management of marijuana as the five-year anniversary of legalized recreational sales in Colorado approaches on January 1, and Denver’s continued emphasis on protecting public safety and achieving the will of the voters.
  • Why Denver hosts an annual national conference attended by marijuana regulators across the U.S. and other countries.
  • The Mayor Hancock-led mayoral coalition pushing for sensible reforms in federal marijuana laws to open banking access, allow federal tax deductions for marijuana businesses, increase federal research into the health effects of marijuana and opening medical marijuana access nationally for U.S. military veterans. 

The media availability will take place following Mayor Hancock’s opening address at Denver’s Fourth Annual Marijuana Management Symposium, attended by approximately 350 marijuana regulators and government representatives from across the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands. The symposium provides presentations and discussions about such topics as:

  • The state of marijuana around the country with representatives from Denver, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Portland and Los Angeles.
  • Finance with representatives from Hawaii, California, Denver and the Squar Milner accounting firm.
  • Cannabis tracking technology with Patrick Bo, President & CEO of Biotrack THC and Greg Felix and Judy Steele, from Accela.
  • Uniform testing, packaging and labeling standards with representatives from Denver, the Cannabis Advisory Panel for AOAC International, and the Colorado Department of Revenue.
  • Building and Fire Department enforcement with representatives from Denver Community Planning and Development and  Denver Fire Department.
  • Enforcement against illegal operators and cannabis impaired driving with representatives from the Colorado Department of Transportation, Sacramento Police, Denver Police, Los Angeles Police and the Quebec Provincial Police.
  • Consumer safety and public health with representatives from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Denver Environmental Health and Denver Department of Public Health and Environment.

More information about Denver’s Annual Marijuana Management Symposium can be found online here. Media are requested to RSVP attendance at the media availability by emailing Eric Escudero at to guarantee admission into the conference for the media event.

About Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses

The Department of Excise and Licenses (EXL) is the central business and professional licensing department for the City and County of Denver. The department issues approximately 180 different business license types including marijuana, liquor, short-term rentals, security guards and food trucks. EXL determines the qualifications for licenses under city ordinance and determines which licenses should be issued, renewed or suspended while ensuring consumer safety, protecting the community and promoting economic development. The department is also responsible for inspections and enforcement of business licensing requirements and the public hearing process that accompanies many business licenses.