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Cannabis Consumer Protection

Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) inspects and regulates marijuana food and infused product facilities consistent with other food facilities in Denver using the Denver Food Establishment Regulations

For more information on the City's approach to the management of marijuana, visit Denvergov.org/MarijuanaInfo

With the rapid growth of Denver’s marijuana industry, questions from public health professionals, marijuana product consumers, and marijuana industry professionals alike are popping up with increased frequency. To help address these questions, Denver Health’s Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center Partners and DDPHE launched the Marijuana Health & Safety Line (877-741-3777). Find more information here

What's New?

On Dec. 5, Denver marijuana product manufacturer Infuzionz LLC, doing business as NectarBee, voluntarily recalled a marijuana edible product due to the presence of potentially unsafe, non-food grade essential oils. Learn more.

The Public Health Inspections division recently issued an application for Cannabis Health & Safety Advisory Committee membership. Prospective applicants can find the application here.

In recent months, Denver has seen an increase in the sale of cannabidiol (CBD) products for human consumption. Find out more here.

An inspection checklist was recently developed to help prepare operators for license approval and regulatory inspections. Read the Inspection Process Overview for Dispensaries & Infused Product Manufacturers (MIPs)

On Sept. 12, DDPHE also hosted an informational meeting for Denver area cannabis industry professionals to provide information on inspection processes, public health investigations, product ingredients and hemp-derived products. Click here to view the presentation.

 

The Public Health Inspections Division of the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) has formed a new committee that brings together a variety of subject matter experts in such areas as toxicology, chemistry, food safety, botany, patient advocacy, the cannabis industry, the cannabis laboratory industry and cannabis research as well as DDPHE officials, city attorneys, and other relevant disciplines to review and evaluate various cannabis matters. The purpose of the committee is to provide suggestions to Denver’s public health administrator, the executive director of DDPHE, other city officials and the Board of DDPHE regarding public health and safety issues associated with the production and consumption of cannabis products.  

The committee may review and evaluate available information and research and provide suggestions on matters such as:

  1. Health and safety issues associated with cannabis products and ingredients intended for human consumption.
  2. Health and safety issues associated with the cultivation, harvesting, and drying/curing/finishing processes used to cultivate and process cannabis plants.
  3. Health and safety issues associated with production processes used to manufacture cannabis products.
  4. Potential Denver cannabis health regulations.

The committee will meet on a quarterly basis or more often if needed. Meeting agendas and detailed minutes will be published on this page.

The first meeting was held on Feb. 1, 2018 from 1:00–3:00 p.m. at 200 W 14th Ave in the Grand Mesa room. See PowerPoint presentation.

Meetings are open to the public, and a short amount of time will be allotted at the end of the meetings for public comment.

Stay tuned for upcoming meeting schedules, agendas and minutes.

Committee Members

  • Danica Lee, Public Health Inspection Division Director, Department of Public Health and Environment, City and County of Denver
  • Abby Davidson, Food Safety and Marijuana Program Manager, Department of Public Health and Environment, City and County of Denver
  • Marley Bordovsky, Assistant Section Director, Prosecution and Code Enforcement, City and County of Denver
  • Anshul Bagga, Assistant City Attorney, Prosecution and Code Enforcement, City and County of Denver
  • Molly Duplechian, Deputy Director, Policy and Administration, Department of Excise and Licenses, City and County of Denver
  • Christopher Hoyt, Associate Medical Director, Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center
  • Dorothy Colagiovanni, Laboratory Director, Bona Fides Lab; Vice President of Product Development, Next Frontier Biosciences
  • Gregory Dooley, Assistant Professor of Toxicology, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Colorado State University
  • Helena Yardley, Director of Science, Franklin Bioscience
  • Jill Ellsworth, Founder, Willow Industries
  • Joe Cantalini, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Organa Labs
  • John Adgate, Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Colorado School of Public Health; Faculty Affiliate, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Colorado State University
  • Judith Shlay, Associate Director, Denver Public Health
  • Keith Miller, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Denver
  • Laura Davis, Environmental Health and Safety Professional
  • Linda Klumpers, Founder, Cannify
  • Mark Angerhoefer, Research and Development Chemist, Craft 710
  • Melissa Islam, Associate Director of Research and Head Curator of Gardens Natural History Collections, Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Noel Palmer, Chief Scientist, Evolab
  • Scott Hansen, Director of Quality Assurance and Laboratory Manager, Agricor Laboratories
  • Seth Wong, President, TEQ Analytical Laboratories
  • Shireen Banerji, Clinical Manager, Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center
  • Stacey Linn, Patient Advocate, CannAbility Foundation
  • Tobias Postma, Technical Cannabis Consultant, Topo Consulting
  • Mike Van Dyke, Branch Chief, Environmental Epidemiology, Occupational Health and Toxicology, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

 

2018 Meeting Information

Feb. 1 Meeting Agenda

Feb. 1 Meeting Minutes

 

DDPHE is transitioning to a public health enforcement approach for marijuana that aligns with other industries regulated by the department. This approach has received great support from City and marijuana industry leaders.

Under this approach, marijuana products that are found to be potentially contaminated with unapproved pesticide residues may be condemned by DDPHE and ordered destroyed. Additionally, laboratory testing will no longer be used for the purposed of releases batches of product that were made from contaminated plan material.

For more information, view the City of Denver's Marijuana Industry Bulletin from March 2016.

In recent months, Denver has seen an increase in the sale of cannbidiol (CBD) products for human consumption. Find out more here

 

February 16, 2018 - Lightshade Labs LLC Voluntarily Recalls Medical and Retail Marijuana Due to Presence of Yeast/Mold in Pre-Roll Products

October 26, 2017 - Little Brown House Dispensary LLC/Delta-9 Delights LLC Voluntarily Recalls Marijuana and Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues

August 21, 2017 - Left Bank LLC Voluntarily Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Non-Food Grade Ingredients

August 10, 2017 - Kirke LLC/Metro Denver Telluride Health Center LLC Voluntarily Recalls Medical Marijuana Due to Pesticide Residues

July 27, 2017 - Buddies Wellness LLC Voluntarily Recalls Medical Marijuana Due to Powdery Mildew and Mite Contamination

July 24, 2017 - Buddies Wellness LLC/La Bodega Voluntarily Recalls Medical Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues

April 14, 2017 - Mountain Medicines Recalls Medical Marijuana Infused-Products due to Pesticide Residues

April 7, 2017 - Information Regarding Cannabidiol (CBD) Products Sold or Manufactured in Denver

April 3, 2017 - Herbal Options LLC/Rocky Mountain Ways LLC Voluntarily Recalls Medical Marijuana and Marijuana Concentrates Due to Pesticide Residues

January 19, 2017 - GMC LLC Voluntarily Recalls Medical and Recreational Marijuana and Products Due to Pesticide Residues

November 9, 2016 - Medicinal Wellness Center LLC Voluntarily Recalls Marijuana and Concentrates Due to Pesticide Residues

October 24, 2016 - Tree of Wellness Voluntarily Recalls Medical Marijuana and Products Due to Pesticide Residues

August 22, 2016 - La Conte’s Clone Bar and Dispensary Voluntarily Recalls Medical Marijuana and Products Due to Pesticide Residues

June 21, 2016 - Wash Park Boutique LLC Voluntarily Recalls Medical Marijuana and Products Due to Pesticide Residues

June 14, 2016 - Big Toe Voluntarily Recalls Marijuana and Products Due to Pesticide Residues

June 8, 2016 - The Tea Pot Voluntarily Recalls Medical Marijuana and Products Due to Pesticide Residues

June 6, 2016 - Pineapple Exchange Voluntarily Recalls Medical Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues

June 1, 2016 - JVT Enterprises Voluntarily Recalls Medical Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues

May 13, 2016 - Avicenna Products Voluntarily Recalls Medical Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues

February 11, 2016 - CC Foods Voluntarily Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues

January 29, 2016 - Caregivers for Life Voluntarily Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues

January 27, 2016 - Organa Labs Voluntarily Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues

December 30, 2015 - Mountain High Suckers Voluntarily Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues

December 21, 2015 - EdiPure Recalls Additional Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues

December 16, 2015 - RevTec Voluntarily Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues

December 11, 2015 - Advanced Medical Alternatives Recalls Additional Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues

December 8, 2015 - EdiPure Recalls Additional Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues

December 3, 2015 - Advanced Medical Alternatives Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues

December 1, 2015 - EdiPure Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues

November 18, 2015 - Gaia’s Garden Recalls Additional Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues

November 17, 2015 - Lab710 Concentrates Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues

November 3, 2015 - Gaia’s Garden Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Possible Pesticide Residues

October 30, 2015 - Green Cross Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Possible Pesticide Residues

October 21, 2015 - Nature’s Cure Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Possible Pesticide Residues

October 14, 2015 - Two Denver Cultivation Facilities Recall Marijuana Products Due to Possible Pesticide Residues

September 25, 2015 - Consumer Advisory Issued for Autopilot Capsules Manufactured by Rx Green

September 18, 2015 - Two Denver Businesses Recall Marijuana Products Due to Possible Pesticide Residue

September 10, 2015 - Mahatma Concentrates Recalls Marijuana Product Due to Possible Pesticide Residues

July 27, 2015 - Consumer Advisory Issued for Nature's Herbs Olive Oil

July 17, 2015 - Advisory: The Growing Kitchen Issues Recall of Mary Mint Tincture

Hash oils that are not specifically labeled for smoking and/or vaping only are regulated as food products and must be stored in a refrigerator. By request, DDPHE can evaluate and possibly approve for a potential unrefrigerated storage. For more information, review the Special Considerations for Extractions information sheet.

During regular inspections, DDPHE investigates for the possibility of pesticide contamination of marijuana products. Investigations have resulted in orders to hold plants and recall products due to evidence of potentially unsafe pesticide residues in products.

Pesticide use and application is under the authority of the Colorado Department of Agriculture

Off-label pesticides use is a violation of State law, and residues in marijuana products are considered a public health risk. Marijuana businesses should take all measures necessary to prevent contaminated product from reaching consumers. For more information, refer to the City of Denver’s Marijuana Industry Bulletins from March 2015 and September 2015.

 

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Public Health Inspections Hours

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Monday – Friday

7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Winter hours (November through March)

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7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.