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Smart Colorado acts as the “go-to” source around the impact of commercialized marijuana and specifically the consequences to Colorado youth. 

Smart provides information to policy makers, parents and adults, youth serving organizations and the press. Accomplishments include policy to protect youth, advocacy, and public awareness around youth impacts as Colorado became the first in the nation to institute a regulatory framework around recreational marijuana.

Smart Colorado formed in 2013 and here are brief highlights of our work:


  • Raised awareness with the state legislature, and the press around the high potency marijuana products available in the commercialized market.
  • Launched public awareness campaigns #knowpotency #knowpot 
  • Placed limits on advertising pot to kids.
  • Legislation passed to further limit edible marijuana products that resemble candies.
  • Instituted legislative protections for kids access to homegrown pot.
  • Placed limits on caregiver definition on medical marijuana in schools.
  • Driving force with Denver city council to cap marijuana facilities and relieve oversaturated underserved communities.
  • Grew our social media presence fourfold from 2015 .
  • Held our first community engagement fundraising luncheon bringing in prominent speakers to raise awareness around Colorado’s pot .
  • Participated on the statewide education committee.


  • Launched highly successful “Dad, Is today’s pot a hard drug?” education campaign around Colorado’s unprecedented record high THC potencies
  • Defeated edible marking repeal effort. Delivered letter signed by 87 legislators directing state enforcement agency to implement marking requirement
  • Assisted in defeating attempts to eliminate statewide Colorado Healthy Kid Survey
  • Supported testing for pesticides and potency of medical marijuana
  • Supported measure for State to retain marijuana taxes already collected
  • Participated on statewide education committee


  • Launched highly successful “Spot the Pot”education campaign around dangers of edibles
  • Focused on issues around edibles and concentrated forms of marijuana
  • Required marking edibles so can be identified outside of packaging (HB14-1366)
  • Addressed edible individual serving size and enhanced packaging requirements
  • Required state scientific study on marijuana concentrates to standardize marijuana concentrate equivalents to one ounce of marijuana flower (dried marijuana)
  • Supported Governor’s budget around marijuana education to youth (school based, public awareness community based programs)
  • Participated in statewide data collection committee


  • Required marijuana testing, labeling and warning, child proof packaging
  • Restricted advertising, marketing and false claims
  • Limiting amounts of THC (by weight) in recreational edible products
  • Mandatory state health assessments by State Health Department
  • Important data collection and agency reporting requirements
  • Supported taxes for enforcement and education