While legalization is a seemingly simple concept,

in Colorado we have learned the nuances of condoning a previously illicit drug beginning with our medical marijuana market in 2000. This was a relatively new concept at the time with only seven other states having such a marketplace. Many subsequent audits found the Colorado medical marijuana market to be insufficiently funded and inadequately regulated. Regardless of the lack of a proper framework, Colorado forged ahead to vote in favor of recreational marijuana a mere 12 years after marijuana for medicinal use had been implemented. We have now seen the many unintended consequences that have followed a hasty regulatory system including off the chart THC potency levels, accidental ingestion by our children, and tragically two deaths. Smart Colorado hopes other states will look to our experiences when deciding on legalization and to always keep our children’s health and safety as a guiding principal.



Ten Facts: Six Years In

We are now 6 years in from the passing of Amendment 64. Here are 10 facts from the last 6 year: Increase in potency: from 2015-2017, average potencies increased 20% for flower to 19.6% and 21% for concentrates to 68.6%. Colorado Department of Public Healt


Safe Zones for Kids!

Ask your council member to maintain marijuana-free safe zones for kids Current rules in Denver call for 1,000-foot safe zones between businesses that allow marijuana consumption (which can include outdoor smoking) and schools, child care establishments an


New! Circle of Impact!

Introducing Smart Colorado’s “Circle of Impact” Newsletter! We are pleased to announce the launch of our new initiative; a quarterly newsletter appropriately called, “Circle of Impact.”  As a supporter of our work protecting kids and communitie


Veto of Public Marijuana Bill!!!

Gov. Hickenlooper’s veto of public marijuana use bill places kids over industry profits   June 6, 2018 On June 4, Hickenlooper vetoed Colorado House Bill 1258, which would have let marijuana stores open additional facilities where customers could u



May 8, 2018 The Honorable John W. Hickenlooper Governor, State of Colorado 136 State Capitol Denver, CO  80203 RE:  Request for Veto: HB18-1258 Dear Governor Hickenlooper: We are writing to respectfully request that you veto the above-referenced bill.