Boulder Announces Roster Of City’s Inaugural Marijuana Advisory Panel – Boulder Daily Camera

Terrapin Care Station budtender Christopher Caligaris, center, goes over the menu with Jared Hoke, left, and his son, Alexander Hoke on Wednesday. “We want to hear from people in the industry about what we can do to make these regulations work better, but I think we’ve also sent a strong message that preventing underage use is our priority,” Mayor Suzanne Jones said. The City Council decided to form the panel late last year after representatives of the industry repeatedly brought up aspects of Boulder’s code that they said were unwieldy or contradicted state requirements. Council members wanted to take a more comprehensive look at the city’s regulations rather than consider changes on an ad hoc basis as complaints arose. The meetings of the panel will be open to the public and include opportunities for the public to speak. City Manager Jane Brautigam announced the inaugural panel members, who were selected from 51 applicants. Lewis Koski, deputy senior director of enforcement for the state Department of Revenue, will serve as an ex oficio member. The makeup of this initial seating of the board was described by Councilman Matt Appelbaum as “lop-sided” in favor of the industry. “I think the outcome is pretty predictable,” he said. Brautigam said she followed council’s guidance on the types of positions that should be represented on the committee. The group is advisory, and any ordinance changes would require the approval of City Council. The times and dates on which the panel will meet have not been determined.

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