Colorado regulators propose ban on cannabis industry at events

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Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) has proposed a ban on cannabis industry involvement in unlicensed marijuana-related events and activities.

That includes events where marijuana consumption is permitted, such as ticketed or money-generating film screenings or art exhibitions as well as cannabis dinners, according to Denver alt-weekly Westword.

The proposed ban – put forward Monday at the MED’s public rulemaking hearing – would apply to growers, manufacturers, retailers and other licensed marijuana businesses, Westword reported.

Cannabis entrepreneurs and their representatives said a ban would further restrict an already hamstrung industry, with tight marijuana advertising restrictions and only five licensed marijuana venues and consumption sites in the state.

Cannabis sales in Colorado have also slumped.

Because of marijuana oversupply and low prices, Colorado sales figures are projected to be lower in 2023 than they were last year.

“This addition is really a step in the wrong direction,” marijuana attorney Rachael Ardanuy of Denver-based RZA Legal said at the hearing, according to Westword.

“It would really hurt licensees of all types and all brands,” Ardanuy added.

“At this point in our state, nearly 100% of consumption takes place in private places or illegally in public.”