Colorado: International Delegation Visits To Learn About Regulating Marijuana


Government Officials and Legislators from Uruguay, México, and Canada will be briefed by Colorado and Washington officials on Regulations Being Put in Place in the States

With Colorado and Washington State launching the regulated marijuana markets approved by the voters in 2012, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the Drug Policy Alliance are hosting an international delegation in Denver this week to learn first hand from Colorado’s experience in regulating marijuana through enacting and implementing Amendment 64.

Comprised of government officials and legislators from Uruguay, México, and Canada, the delegation will be briefed by Colorado and Washington officials on the regulations being put in place in the states. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the delegation will visit cultivation facilities and dispensaries.

As Uruguay moves toward passage of legislation to regulate its domestic marijuana market and the debate over marijuana policy picks up pace in México and Canada, the pioneering steps being taken in Colorado and Washington are being watched closely.

A press conference featuring Jack Finlaw, chief legal counsel to Colorado Governor Hickenlooper, and Barbara Brohl, executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue, as well as members of the international delegation to discuss the visit and their findings, will be at RiverRock dispensary at 4935 York Street, Denver, on Wednesday, October 23 at 3 p.m.

This delegation coincides with the International Drug Policy Reform Conference, during which more than 1,000 of the world’s leading drug policy experts will convene in Denver. The Reform Conference will involve speeches and debates with visionaries from the drug policy reform movement, with the intention of advancing the implementation of drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights.

The Conference will be an opportunity for networking and strategizing, as well as for learning about alternatives to the drug war from both US and international perspectives.