Codes & Standards, Fire Prevention & Protection, Firefighter Training

Fire Codes and Standards: Denver’s Legalized Marijuana Industry and the Fire Code

Issue 2 and Volume 168.

BY BRIAN LUKUS Medical marijuana businesses began to be licensed and regulated in Colorado in 2010, and retail marijuana businesses followed in January 2014. This new industry has posed several challenges to the Denver Fire Department (DFD) regarding fire code compliance, fire safety inspections, and first responder safety since its inception. Although marijuana legalization, including consumption and business regulations, has been passed at the Colorado state level, the location and regulation of marijuana businesses (sales, growing, infused products, and testing) require local jurisdiction approval. Some Colorado jurisdictions have not allowed marijuana businesses within their city limits. Denver was the first city to allow recreational sales in Colorado. Now, with well over 800 marijuana licenses in Denver, the industry is booming. This article conveys how the DFD has adapted to this new industry so other fire jurisdictions with legalized marijuana can benefit from this information. DFD marijuana industry guidelines and policies…

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