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Title: Small Rewards

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Small Rewards
Colorado's Craig Small comes up big.
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When Craig Small opened his law office in Boulder, CO, in 2009, his timing couldn't have been better: Colorado’s medical marijuana boom had just begun. Since then, Craig has helped dozens of businesses remain compliant with the ever-changing statutes, regulations, codes and ordinances that have formed the (often sheerly arbitrary) bureaucratic framework for Colorado’s med-pot law.
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Small Rewards

Colorado's Craig Small comes up big.

FREEDOM FIGHTER

Erik Altieri

NORML communications coordinator

When Craig Small opened his law office in Boulder. CO. in 2009, his timing couldn't have been better: Colorado’s medical marijuana boom had just begun. Since then, Craig has helped dozens of businesses remain compliant with the ever-changing statutes, regulations, codes and ordinances that have formed the (often sheerly arbitrary) bureaucratic

framework for Colorado’s med-pot law.

Needless to say, he’s proud of that record.

"Every day that one of my medical marijuana business clients is open for business,” Craig says, “is evidence that the lawful availability of marijuana in our society will not cause widespread panic and cultural collapse, as was predicted by antimarijuana proponents.”

In the past year, Craig has also

served on Governor John Hickenlooper’s Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force, both as a representative of Colorado NORML and as an advocate for the state’s marijuana consumers (medical and, now, recreational.) As a member of the task force, he proposed and championed the establishment of a panel composed of health-care professionals to monitor the latest scientific research into cannabis, with

the aim of proposing further policies and recommendations to inform and protect Colorado’s consumers. The legislature approved a substantially similar program by statute, making Colorado one of the first states ever to formally create this type of health panel to guide marijuana education efforts and policy.

Currently serving on Colorado NORML’s board of directors, Craig modestly sums up all his good work by saying: “I’m very proud to have been a part ofthat process.”

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