From staff and wire reports
CHARLESTON – A group of 22 West Virginia business and government leaders has returned from a fact-finding mission to Colorado to learn best practices from Colorado leaders involved in that state’s medical cannabis industry.
West Virginia approved legalization of medical cannabis, with implementation beginning July 2019, according to a report from the West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association.
Colorado approved medical cannabis in November 2000.
The delegation was sponsored by the West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association, and all West Virginia representatives traveled to Colorado with no tax dollars spent.
Much of the trip was spent in conversations with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; past and present industry regulators, delegates and state senators; the former director of licensing; and the former state tourism director.
The group toured an indoor cultivation facility, a processing facility and a dispensary that sells and grows cannabis.
“Colorado is a legal cannabis pioneer, and we appreciated their leaders’ candor as they shared best practices and challenges they faced in steering this emerging industry to success over the past decade and a