“Dan Anglin is a leader in the cannabis industry, and in February, he took on some marijuana opponents at CPAC [the Conservative Political Action Conference, another event staged on the Colorado Christian University campus]. It was kind of a big deal when you consider it. You had the most prolific conservative convention in America invite someone from the marijuana industry to debate Jeff Hunt, perhaps one of the most high-profile conservatives against marijuana right now.”
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“This has been the biggest problem for all of our state-based associations,” said Dan Anglin, who helped found the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, also known as C4.
“Retailers want different things from manufacturers, and manufacturers want different things from cultivators, and commercial industry wants something different than the caregivers, and consumers want something different than all of them.
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“I’ve heard it all. I know what they’re going to say before they say it. ’What about kids who are at a party and somebody gives them weed candy?’ OK, well, if you create a symbol like Colorado did…it gives them an opportunity to educate the public,” said Anglin.
The former head of Edipure left the company known for its candy-like edibles to start edibles business AmeriCanna because he saw an opportunity to make proprietary shapes for the industry. AmeriCanna launched in early 2016 boasting gummies shaped like a pot leaf.
The leaf aligned with the ongoing public policy debates about edibles safety, Anglin said.
“I’ve seen these regulations come and people weren’t ready for them for whatever reason,” Anglin said. “We’ve made public policy, public safety and compliance as important as the quality of our product.”