Crafting effective marijuana laws requires specialized knowledge that few governmental entities possess. With unrivaled experience drafting and implementing marijuana laws, regulations, and ordinances, as well as analyzing cannabis markets, the marijuana policy specialists at VS Strategies are uniquely qualified to assist local, state, and national governments with their economic and policy needs. VS Strategies, in conjunction with the Vicente Sederberg law firm, offers a variety of legal and consulting services to governmental entities of all kinds that need assistance with the marijuana policymaking process. Because each governmental body and community is unique, our services are tailored to the individual needs of each public sector client.
How Can VS Strategies Help?
State or National Laws
The VS Strategies team continues to work closely with the Colorado legislature to enact and modify laws since the first statewide medical marijuana program in 2010. As a result, we understand why and how the laws work and what can be improved upon. Depending on your specific needs, our assistance can be limited to providing recommendations or edits and comments on a single draft, or may cover the entire drafting process from planning to passage, with ongoing advisory, analytical, and drafting services. Our experienced attorneys will work with you to produce marijuana laws that are straightforward and mindful of compliance, implementation, and enforcement issues. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you craft effective and sensible marijuana laws.
VS Strategies will work collaboratively with stakeholders to identify a broad range of interests and to create a regulatory system designed to match the values of your administration and the needs of your community. Our work in this area is led by Jordan Wellington, who served in 2013 as the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division’s sole policy analyst during the development and drafting of the rules governing adult-use marijuana and the revised rules governing medical marijuana. VS Strategies team members sat on Colorado’s Amendment 64 Task Force and have been frequent participants in negotiated rulemaking sessions and working groups. We have direct and extensive experience identifying core regulatory issues and crafting solutions that balance competing concerns in effective ways. Our team can advise on specific regulatory issues, provide comprehensive recommendations for new or improved regulations, provide analyses and materials to guide decision making, and produce or review draft regulations. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you craft effective and sensible marijuana regulations.
The VS Strategies team has been retained by local governments to guide the ordinance development and drafting process and has close relationships with local elected officials who have successfully established local control of marijuana markets. (See, for example, this article about how members of our team, through the Vicente Sederberg law firm, helped officials in Pueblo County, Colorado.) We have observed first-hand the successful – and the not successful – approaches to legal marijuana, and use this knowledge to advise local government clients. We assist local governments with all aspects of ordinance creation and implementation, which may include analysis of the legal limits of local control, evaluation of taxation options, management of the stakeholder engagement process, and production of reports on existing local solutions to specific policy issues, as well as direct engagement in ordinance drafting and review. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you craft effective and sensible marijuana ordinances.
Economic Analysis and Research
VS Strategies offers valuable research services and market analysis to inform client decisions on marijuana policy. VS Strategies’ market analysis and research team, led by economist Andrew Livingston, has the tools and experience to assist with a broad range of questions, from projecting patient statistics to investigating the economic and legal viability of new businesses. Our services include marijuana market quantification, demand forecasting, medical marijuana patient population analysis, specialized regulatory research, wholesale and retail pricing model development, marijuana tax revenue estimations, and production control evaluation. Our team has decades of combined experience researching every medical and adult-use marijuana program in the United States as well as many foreign countries. We apply research methods rooted in economic theory and rigorous analysis to inform regulatory policymaking in the rapidly growing legal medical and recreational marijuana markets. VS Strategies also often partners with Adam Orens of Marijuana Policy Group to provide additional services including economic impact analysis and employment modeling. Our analytical services are customized to meet the individual needs of each public or private sector client and provide a data-driven basis for their marijuana policy decisions.
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