Denver Announces Social Consumption Advisory Committee Members

Official social use in Denver will not look like this.
Official social use in Denver will not look like this. Brandon Marshall
The City of Denver has selected the members of its Social Consumption Advisory Committee, which will oversee implementation of Initiative 300, allowing social consumption of marijuana in the city, and has three meetings scheduled through February.

The twenty-person committee, which comprises city officials, Denver City Council members, community members and marijuana-industry representatives, will meet a total of six to eight times between now and June to draft the rules and regulations governing social-use licenses.

The application for businesses to apply for social use will be available on January 21
, but the city will not accept them until this summer.

A draft timeline presented at a December 5 city council meeting indicates that the advisory committee will meet from January through March to develop the regulations; the city will review the committee's plan between April and May. Then there will be a public hearing to discuss the proposed rules.

The first meeting of the advisory committee is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18; it will be followed by a meeting on February 8 and another one on February 22.

The committee is co-chaired by Ashley Kilroy, former head of Denver's Office of Marijuana Policy and now executive director of the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses, and Molly Duplechian from the Office of Marijuana Policy.

They'll be joined by two city council members, Kendra Black and Mary Beth Susman.

Deputy Chief David Quinones will represent the Denver Police Department, and Marley Bordovsky of the city attorney's office will also be on the committee.

The community representatives come from a number of organizations, including some in the cannabis industry and other outside stakeholders.

Amber Leytem is representing Denver Public Schools, and Karin McGowin will hold a seat for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; Rachel O'Bryan from Protect Denver's Atmosphere and Fran Lanzer from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, both opponents of I-300, are also on the committee.

Kobi Waldfogel, from Lighthouse Cannabis Project, is an event planner on the committee, and says this is an exciting time to guide the conversation around social use. "We have an opportunity to do something no one else has done," Waldfogel explains. "We have an opportunity to shape what social use will look like."

click to enlarge Ashley Kilroy, executive director of Denver Excise and Licenses and committee co-chair. - KATE MCKEE SIMMONS
Ashley Kilroy, executive director of Denver Excise and Licenses and committee co-chair.
Kate McKee Simmons
Here is the full list of committee members:

Business Representative: Dan Landes (founder of WaterCourse Foods and City, O' City)

Cannabis Trainers: Maureen McNamara

Co-chairs: Ashley Kilroy, executive director of Denver Excise and Licenses and Molly Duplechian, Denver Office of Marijuana Policy

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: Karin McGowin

Colorado Restaurant Association: Sonia Riggs

Community Representatives: Jude Del Hierro and Aubrey Lavizzo

Denver City Attorney's Office: Marley Bordovsky

Denver City Council: Kendra Black and Mary Beth Susman

Denver Police Department: Deputy Chief David Quinones

Denver Public Schools: Amber Leytem

Denver Relief Consulting/Yes on 300: Emmett Reistroffer

Event Planning Representative: Kobi Waldfogel

Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation: Margie Valdez

Marijuana Industry Group: Kristi Kelly

Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Fran Lanzer

Protect Denver's Atmosphere: Rachel O'Bryan

University of Denver Sturm College of Law: Sam Kamin (an expert on marijuana history and policy)
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Kate McKee Simmons interned at the National Catholic Reporter, was a reporter for the New York Post, and spent a brief stint in Israel learning international reporting before writing for Westword.