Ireland Stapleton regulatory attorney Tom Downey has been selected to serve on the Community College of Denver’s Advisory Board.

As a member of the Advisory Board, Downey will work closely with the Community College of Denver’s Cannabis Business Degree Program. He will lend his expertise as a seasoned regulatory and cannabis law attorney, having even written the original policies and procedures for Denver’s recreational marijuana licenses, and will frequently act as a guest speaker.

“As a legal expert in the cannabis industry, Tom will bring great perspective and knowledge to our advisory board. Tom’s expertise in the field will be instrumental in advancing the impact of our program for students.” 

John Frost, Ph.D., CCD Faculty Chair & Cannabis Degree Program Director

The Community College of Denver is a fully accredited two-year college located on the Auraria Campus in Denver, Colorado. The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Cannabis Business focuses on cannabis legislation, growing, distributing/selling, and the social impact of the industry, preparing students for a career as cannabis enterprise managers.

Downey is a regulatory attorney with significant experience as both a government official and a private practice attorney. Downey helps his clients navigate all aspects of regulatory law and is well-known for untangling complicated issues that are regulated by local, state, and federal agencies. The majority of his practice consists of advising and representing corporate clients in the administrative, transactional, and disciplinary processes related to liquor licensing, legalized marijuana, and professional licenses governed by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.