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Welcome to the Natural Medicine Program

Natural Medicine Regulation

The licensing and regulation of natural medicines in Colorado falls under two state agencies: the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) and the Department of Revenue (DOR). DORA will regulate and license facilitators of natural medicine services. DOR will license and regulate natural medicine businesses – healing centers, cultivations, manufacturers, and testing facilities, and their owners and employees.

DORA and DOR have started the rulemaking process to implement SB23-290: Natural Medicine Regulation and Legalization, which Gov. Jared Polis signed into law in May 2023. Rulemaking meetings are open to the public and are designed to develop rules (or regulations) for natural medicine use in Colorado.

For information about licenses for healing centers, cultivations, manufacturers, or testing labs, contact the Department of Revenue at: DOR_NaturalMedicine@state.co.us

For information about facilitator training, licensing, or the Natural Medicine Advisory Board, contact the Department of Regulatory Agencies at: dora_natural_medicine@state.co.us

 

Where We Are Now

DORA and DOR have started the rulemaking process to implement SB23-290: Natural Medicine Regulation and Legalization, which Gov. Jared Polis signed into law in May 2023. Rulemaking meetings are open to the public and are designed to develop rules (or regulations) for natural medicine use in Colorado.

The Natural Medicine Health Act of 2022, a citizen-initiated measure related to the use of certain plants or fungi for people 21 years of age and older, was approved by Colorado voters in November of 2022. In May 2023, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed SB23-290: Natural Medicine Regulation And Legalization into law, which clarifies and sets the regulatory framework for a regulated natural medicine program in Colorado.

 

The Division of Professions and Occupations will begin taking applications for natural medicine facilitators no later than December 31, 2024.

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies is a consumer protection agency and the safety of Coloradans is a priority in any area we regulate.
 

Program Information

Program/Board Member

Lorey Bratten, Program Director

Sam Bahrami, Senior Advisor on Natural Medicine Services Health Provider

Email:  dora_natural_medicine@state.co.us

Lundy, MA, LPC, Chair
Representative of Mental Health and Behavioral Health Providers and Disparities in Access to Health Care Services Among Different Communities l Term expires January 31, 2027

Riccardo Baca
Representative of Traditional Indigenous Use and Public Health, Drug Policy, and Harm Reduction l Term expires January 31, 2027

Commissioner Wendy Buxton-Andrade
Representative of Levels and Disparities in Access to Health Care Services Among Different Communities l Term expires January 31, 2025

Dr. Sofia Chavez, DNM
Representative of Traditional and Indigenous Use and Religious Use of Natural Medicine l Term expires January 31, 2025

Dr. Bradley Conner, PhD
Representative of Natural Medicine Therapy, Medicine and Research and Public Health, Drug Policy and Harm Reduction l Term expires January 31, 2025

William Dunn NRP, FP-C
Representative of Emergency Medical Services and Services Provided by First Responders l Term expires January 31, 2025

Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD
Representative of Traditional Indigenous Use and Religious Use l Term expires January 31, 2027

Dr. Tina Gonzales, PhD 
Representative of Health Care Insurance and Health Care Policy, Past Criminal Justice Reform
Efforts in Colorado, and Disparities in Access to Healthcare Services Among Different Communities l Term expires January 31, 2025

Dr. Joshua Goodwin, PhD
Representative of Issues Confronting Veterans l Term expires January 31, 2027

Dr. Alisa Hannum, PhD
Representative of Mental and Behavioral Health Providers and Issues Confronting Veterans l Term expires January 31, 2027

Stacie Loucks
Representative of Permitted Organization Criteria l Term expires January 31, 2027

Sheriff David Lucero
Representative of Past Criminal Justice Reform in Colorado l Term expires January 31, 2027

Skippy Upton Mesirow
Representative of Permitted Organization Criteria I Term expires January 31, 2025

Dr. Sue Sisley, MD
Representative of Mycology and Natural Medicine Cultivation l Term expires January 31, 2027

Billy Wynne, JD
Representative of Health Care Insurance and Healthcare Policy and Public Health, Drug Policy and Harm Reduction l Term expires January 31, 2025

Public Notice

All Board and Subcommittee meetings are noticed on the calendar on the right side of this page

 

Stakeholder Meeting – April 26, 2024, 2024

The purpose of this Stakeholder Meeting is for the Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations (“Director”) and the Program Director of the Colorado Natural Medicine Advisory Board (“Board”) to receive feedback regarding proposed new Rule 6 – STANDARDS OF PRACTICE and Rule 7 – ADVERTISEMENT to implement Colorado Senate Bill 23-290.

 

Stakeholder Meeting - March 8, 2024

The purpose of this Stakeholder Meeting was for the Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations (“Director”) and the Program Director of the Colorado Natural Medicine Advisory Board (“Board”) to receive feedback regarding proposed new rules to implement Colorado Senate Bill 23-290.

Legislative Updates

2023 New Legislation

 Meeting Minutes

Natural Medicine Advisory Board

Harm Reduction and Public Safety Subcommittee

Indigenous and Religious Use Outreach Subcommittee

Public Health and Health Equity Subcommittee

Emergency Response, Safety, and Ethics Subcommittee

Qualifications, Training, and Licensing Subcommittee

Product Research and Data Subcommittee