Our team has played a significant role in helping to shape the laws, policies, and regulations that have made Colorado the world leader in regulating the cultivation and sale of marijuana and marijuana products. This experience makes us uniquely qualified to assist individuals, organizations, and governments who are interested in developing and implementing similar policies outside of Colorado. From government relations to ballot initiatives to communications, the VS Strategies team’s thoughtful yet aggressive approach to changing the landscape for marijuana in this country will help you achieve your goals.
Lobbying/Government Relations (federal, state and local)
VS Strategies has a strong team of advocates who are prepared to assist you on the federal, state, and local levels. Their knowledge of the marijuana industry combined with their ability to educate and persuade lawmakers and other government officials will provide you with superior representation. We are particularly well positioned to work with individuals and organization seeking to enact new marijuana laws in a state, whether for medical or all adult use, as we recognize what kinds of laws and regulations have been effective and which have not.
Government Consulting Services
Our team’s intimate experience helping to shape marijuana laws and regulations in Colorado make us a valuable resource to local, state, and national governments. We are available to advise government bodies as they consider whether and how to implement new laws and ordinances related to marijuana. We provide public sector clients the data and knowledge they need, and we help them use this information to draft responsible marijuana laws, regulations, and ordinances. Because each governmental body and community is unique, our services are tailored to the individual needs of each public sector client. For more information, please visit our Government Services page.
Whether you are operating a marijuana-related business, association, or non-profit organization, we can help you generate ongoing positive media coverage and, as needed, deal with PR crises. We understand the interplay between the marijuana industry and public opinion better than any other firm in the country, having been on the front lines of changing the marijuana laws in this country.
Ballot Initiative Strategy and Management
VS Strategies Director Steve Fox oversaw and managed all aspects of the Amendment 64 campaign in Colorado, which made marijuana legal for all adults in 2012. He has also managed other ballot initiative campaigns, including the victorious medical marijuana initiative in Arizona in 2010. In 2016, Steve guided all communications-related activity for the successful Question 2 campaign in Nevada, which made the adult use of marijuana legal in that state. We are eager to work with individuals and organizations around the country who are seeking to change the laws in their state through the ballot initiative process.
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. They 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.