We hope everyone has been enjoying the summer months. With the State legislature adjourned, interim committees are ramping up with an eye toward coming up with policy for next session.  In the meantime, CBA continues to tackle industry concerns, including a recent report linking marijuana laws to an increase in traffic incidents (read the statement here). We are in the process of creating our next education flier that will focus on concentrate consumption safety.  With fall just around the corner we are looking to outline our priorities for the 2018 legislative session. Next week, three CBA members will participate in speaker sessions at Dispensary Next 2017, sharing cannabis industry insights with attendees from across the country.

Join us at our our next membership meeting, Wednesday, July 26 @ 12 noon. For more information or questions about membership, please contact membership@cannabisalliance.org.  

  • Membership Meeting:
    • Location: The Rosen Group; 7 South Galapago Street, Denver, CO 80223

    • Date/time: Wed., July 26, 2017, 12-2:00 pm

CBA Members Share Industry Insights at Dispensary Next 2017


DispensaryNext is a 2-day conference & expo focused on the next generation of products, services, marketing, and operational strategies for cannabis dispensaries. Explore best practices from leading dispensaries across both medical and recreational markets, and connect with peers from around the country to build your professional network.

CBA Board Member Nancy Whiteman (Wana Brands) will discuss how to find the right mix of infused products for your dispensary on Monday, July 17th  at 11:00 am in Session Room B.

CBA Executive Director Kevin Gallagher (Craft Concentrates) and CBA Member Kevin Staunton (RM3 Labs) will participate in the Consumer Safety & Education panel on  Monday, July 17th at 3:30 pm in Session Room B.

DispensaryNext 2017 will offer 20+ educational sessions exploring best practices in dispensary management and marketing, product case studies, opportunities to network with passionate industry peers, and a vendor exhibit hall packed with the latest and greatest in cannabis dispensary products, services, and tech.

Explore the Session Agenda and purchase tickets here.

CBA Statement: More research and proper coding needed to determine the true impact of legal cannabis in traffic incidents

A recent insurance study by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) attempted to link the legalization of recreational marijuana with an increase in car incidents reported to insurers, while competing research released the same week from the American Journal of Public Health found no statistical difference. In response to the study, CBA released the following statement:

“There is no clear evidence linking adult-use marijuana to an increase in traffic incidents or fatalities,” said Kevin Gallagher, Executive Director of the Cannabis Business Alliance. “Prior to 2014, proper coding did not designate cannabis use in traffic incidents, and this issue persists even to this day, with many studies lumping cannabis use with prescription and illicit drugs such as opioids. While the HLDI has released a study that seems to find an increase, studies from the American Journal of Public Health and Columbia University have found that incidents were not statistically different or had decreased significantly. Unfortunately, what we are seeing with the HLDI report is just another attempt to incite reefer madness, this time for the benefit of the auto insurance industry,” Gallagher said.

Read the full statement here.

Vertical Integration Discussion

CBA is organizing an upcoming status meeting to be held during the regular member meeting on July 26 from 12-2pm. The meeting will specifically address the topic of Vertical Integration, with CBA looking for member input on identifying components of vertical integration and viewpoints from opponents and proponents. We will also look for members to weigh in on policy priorities for rule making and the 2018 legislative session.

  • Date/time: Wed., July 26, 2017, 12-2:00pm

  • Location: TRG; 7 South Galapago Street, Denver, CO 80223

Concentrate Education Card

Your feedback is needed! CBA’s number one priority has always been consumer safety and education. As such, CBA has developed informational fliers to educate consumer on edibles tolerance. We are replicating this process to develop a concentrate education pamphlet specifically to address concentrate safety. Please review the Craft pamphlet below and provide feedback on the document - what works, what could be removed, what should be added, etc. We appreciate member insight and would like to incorporate your ideas in the updated pamphlet. Have something you’d like to see included on the concentrate educational safety flier? Please contact membership@cannabisalliance.org with your feedback.


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Why Join CBA?

  • Seat at the table: CBA offers cannabis license holders, vendors and ancillary companies a link between our members and the regulatory entities in Colorado, including the MED, CDPHE and Dept. of Ag. CBA members get real-me access to department and regulatory bodies to help inform their business decisions and keep an eye out for what’s coming down the pike.   

  • Policy & Regulations: CBA maximizes relationships with lawmakers to introduce and change policy that specifically impacts our members. CBA members can be proactive in the industry and influence legislation and regulations so that they can run their business more efficiently and effectively.  

  • Networking opportunities: CBA offers an opportunity to learn from your peers and stay abreast of the latest technologies in the industry.