Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) inspects and regulates marijuana food and infused product facilities consistent with other food facilities in Denver using the Denver Food Establishment Regulations.
For more information on the City's approach to the management of marijuana, visit Denvergov.org/MarijuanaInfo.
With the rapid growth of Denver’s marijuana industry, questions from public health professionals, marijuana product consumers, and marijuana industry professionals alike are popping up with increased frequency. To help address these questions, Denver Health’s Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center Partners and DDPHE launched the Marijuana Health & Safety Line (877-741-3777). Find more information here.
On Dec. 5, Denver marijuana product manufacturer Infuzionz LLC, doing business as NectarBee, voluntarily recalled a marijuana edible product due to the presence of potentially unsafe, non-food grade essential oils. Learn more.
The Public Health Inspections division recently issued an application for Cannabis Health & Safety Advisory Committee membership. Prospective applicants can find the application here.
In recent months, Denver has seen an increase in the sale of cannabidiol (CBD) products for human consumption. Find out more here.
An inspection checklist was recently developed to help prepare operators for license approval and regulatory inspections. Read the Inspection Process Overview for Dispensaries & Infused Product Manufacturers (MIPs).
On Sept. 12, DDPHE also hosted an informational meeting for Denver area cannabis industry professionals to provide information on inspection processes, public health investigations, product ingredients and hemp-derived products. Click here to view the presentation.
During regular inspections, DDPHE investigates for the possibility of pesticide contamination of marijuana products. Investigations have resulted in orders to hold plants and recall products due to evidence of potentially unsafe pesticide residues in products.
Pesticide use and application is under the authority of the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
Off-label pesticides use is a violation of State law, and residues in marijuana products are considered a public health risk. Marijuana businesses should take all measures necessary to prevent contaminated product from reaching consumers. For more information, refer to the City of Denver’s Marijuana Industry Bulletins from March 2015 and September 2015.
Hash oils that are not specifically labeled for smoking and/or vaping only are regulated as food products and must be stored in a refrigerator. By request, DDPHE can evaluate and possibly approve for a potential unrefrigerated storage. For more information, review the Special Considerations for Extractions information sheet.
The Public Health Inspections Division of the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) has formed a new committee that brings together a variety of subject matter experts in such areas as toxicology, chemistry, food safety, botany, patient advocacy, the cannabis industry, the cannabis laboratory industry and cannabis research as well as DDPHE officials, city attorneys, and other relevant disciplines to review and evaluate various cannabis matters. The purpose of the committee is to provide suggestions to Denver’s public health administrator, the executive director of DDPHE, other city officials and the Board of DDPHE regarding public health and safety issues associated with the production and consumption of cannabis products.
The committee may review and evaluate available information and research and provide suggestions on matters such as:
The committee will meet on a quarterly basis or more often if needed. Meeting agendas and detailed minutes will be published on this page.
The first meeting will be held on Feb. 1, 2018 from 1:00–3:00 p.m. at 200 W 14th Ave in the Grand Mesa room. Meetings are open to the public, and a short amount of time will be allotted at the end of the meetings for public comment.
Stay tuned for upcoming meeting schedules, agendas and minutes.
DDPHE is transitioning to a public health enforcement approach for marijuana that aligns with other industries regulated by the department. This approach has received great support from City and marijuana industry leaders.
Under this approach, marijuana products that are found to be potentially contaminated with unapproved pesticide residues may be condemned by DDPHE and ordered destroyed. Additionally, laboratory testing will no longer be used for the purposed of releases batches of product that were made from contaminated plan material.
For more information, view the City of Denver's Marijuana Industry Bulletin from March 2016.
In recent months, Denver has seen an increase in the sale of cannbidiol (CBD) products for human consumption. Find out more here.
February 11, 2016 - CC Foods Voluntarily Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues
January 27, 2016 - Organa Labs Voluntarily Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues
December 21, 2015 - EdiPure Recalls Additional Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues
December 16, 2015 - RevTec Voluntarily Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues
December 8, 2015 - EdiPure Recalls Additional Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues
December 1, 2015 - EdiPure Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues
November 18, 2015 - Gaia’s Garden Recalls Additional Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues
November 17, 2015 - Lab710 Concentrates Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Pesticide Residues
November 3, 2015 - Gaia’s Garden Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Possible Pesticide Residues
October 30, 2015 - Green Cross Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Possible Pesticide Residues
October 21, 2015 - Nature’s Cure Recalls Marijuana Products Due to Possible Pesticide Residues
September 25, 2015 - Consumer Advisory Issued for Autopilot Capsules Manufactured by Rx Green
September 18, 2015 - Two Denver Businesses Recall Marijuana Products Due to Possible Pesticide Residue
September 10, 2015 - Mahatma Concentrates Recalls Marijuana Product Due to Possible Pesticide Residues
July 27, 2015 - Consumer Advisory Issued for Nature's Herbs Olive Oil
Public Health Inspections Division Programs
Summer Hours (April through October)
Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Winter hours (November through March)
Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.