Day 1
18 Oct 2017
Day 2
19 Oct 2017
Day 3
20 Oct 2017

Tour check-in + Symposium early check-in

  • Atrium, fourth floor
  • 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • All participants must show their AXS symposium ticket upon check-in (either on a mobile device or a printed copy). Tickets will be exchanged for a symposium credential.

Optional Marijuana Industry Educational Tours

  • 1:00-4:30 p.m., 2:00-5:30 p.m. and 3:00-6:30 p.m.
Tour Guidelines
  • Please check in at the registration tables in the atrium on the fourth floor.
  • All participants must be checked in 30 minutes prior to their scheduled tour time.
  • All participants must be 21 or older and have a valid, government-issued ID.
  • Marijuana is NOT available for sale by tour staff, and marijuana consumption of any kind is not permitted.
  • Participants WILL visit a licensed retail marijuana store, cultivation facility and marijuana-infused product manufacturing facility.
  • Participants will be chauffeured throughout Denver in luxury limo bus transportation, being picked up and dropped off at the Embassy Suites.
  • Bottled water and snacks are provided.
  • The tour is an additional, separate activity from the symposium. The City and County of Denver is in no way responsible for the tour nor does it endorse the companies whose facilities are visited on the tour.
  • $80 additional cost to registration.
Due to potential conflicts of interest and to protect the proprietary information of our partners, we unfortunately cannot permit any employee that works directly in a cannabis grow facility, concentrate facility/MIP, or a dispensary. We appreciate your understanding, thank you.

Symposium Check-In

  • Atrium, fourth floor
  • 7:45-8:45 a.m.
  • All participants must show their AXS symposium ticket upon check-in (either on a mobile device or a printed copy). Tickets will be exchanged for a symposium credential.

Welcome Remarks

The conference kicks off with a welcome to the Mile High City from Denver’s marijuana policy director, Ashley Kilroy, Colorado State Rep. Dan Pabon of Denver, and the symposium’s presenting sponsor, Accela. Pabon will give the audience an overview of the Colorado Legislature’s marijuana-related work.

National Roundtable – City Government

Denver’s Ashley Kilroy hosts a panel discussion with representatives from major cities across the country that are implementing legalized marijuana.


Coffee, snacks and other refreshments.

International Roundtable

Denver’s Ashley Kilroy hosts a panel discussion with representatives from national governments around the world that have three unique perspectives on drug policy, and different regulatory and enforcement approaches to marijuana.


Lunch will be provided to all conference attendees.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions I

Community Health & Safety

This panel of environmental health, legal and licensing experts will discuss the evolution of consumer health and safety protection, standing in the regulatory gap, CBD, pesticides, additives and ingredients review.

Youth Prevention & Education

Representatives of Denver Marijuana Policy, Behavioral Health, Public Health and the YESS Institute come together to discuss grant programs and efforts on youth education and prevention, and intervention and diversion. This session will include a hands-on and participatory demonstration of the marijuana education curriculum being developed and administered at youth program sites in Denver.


Coffee and other refreshments.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions II

Building & Fire: Permitting & Safety Issues

Hear from Denver Fire and Community Planning & Development department experts on such topics as inspections, permitting, zoning, land use, extractions, hazardous materials, and applying fire and building codes to marijuana facilities.

Social Consumption

Denver officials chat about their social consumption ordinance and implementation efforts, challenges with state and federal law, and the working group process. Alaska joins the conversation to provide an update on its proposed social consumption framework from a state-level perspective.

Reception & Meet the Experts

Heavy hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, cash bar and live music! Chat with the subject-matter experts, meet your fellow attendees and make plans for dinner.

National Roundtable – State and County Government

Speakers will give an overview of state- and county-level marijuana regulations, implementation efforts, and enforcement models in four states with legal, recreational marijuana. They’ll discuss the key issues and challenges facing their states, successes, lessons learned and best practices.


Coffee, snacks and other refreshments.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions III

Measuring the Impacts

Denver’s Marijuana Management Analyst will be joined by experts from the State of Oregon, State of Colorado, and Denver Health to talk about early findings on the impact of marijuana legalization on public health, crime, the environment, and the economy, and the importance of gathering this complicated data.

Public Education Strategies

Hear from Denver’s Director of Public Affairs and other outreach and public health experts presenting about effective marketing campaigns for safe driving and talking to youth about marijuana, as well as industry outreach, media and constituent relations, intergovernmental communications, and other topics.


Not provided. Please use this time to explore and enjoy the great options in downtown Denver.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions IV

Finances & Budgeting

Learn about how Denver and other jurisdictions collect and spend marijuana revenues, forecasting and budgeting, and how jurisdictions prioritize and allocate marijuana money within their budgets.

Technology & Innovation

Marijuana policy is a cutting-edge topic that has inspired cutting-edge technology. This session will showcase innovative technology solutions created by various tech leaders to allow regulators to manage their marijuana programs efficiently, effectively, and transparently. Demonstrations include an enterprise-wide licensing and permitting platform, a business intelligence dashboard software, and a seed-to-sale tracking system.


Coffee, snacks and other refreshments

Concurrent Breakout Sessions V

Law Enforcement & Public Safety

Hear from the Denver Police Department and others about law enforcement issues with licensed and non-licensed marijuana facilities, diversion and the black market, home grows, public consumption, cannabis events, and the training of law enforcement officers.

Evolution of Licensing & Inspections

Moving from new to normal: marijuana licensing and inspections in a mature environment. The story of marijuana has been focused on how to implement regulatory operations for this new and highly politicized industry. This talk will focus on finding continuous improvements in licensing and inspections post implementation.