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Marijuana Enforcement Grant (Colorado)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Colorado Department of Local Affairs


    The purpose of the Marijuana Enforcement Grant is to provide financial assistance grants annually to local law enforcement agencies and district attorneys through the local governments for the investigation and prosecution costs associated with unlicensed marijuana cultivation or distribution operations. By filling out the online portal application, Colorado County and Municipality applicants are opting into the grant program. Grant amounts will be determined by population figures.

    The grant program has four (4) funding priorities:

    • Rural areas;
    • Large scale operations;
    • Organized crime operations; or
    • Operations that divert marijuana outside of Colorado.

    In accordance with statute, CRS 24-32-119, rural areas will receive priority funding. To achieve this, rural area population figures will be weighted heavier. Rural areas are defined in C.R.S. 24-32-119 as:

    • a county with a population of less than 200,000 people, according to the most recently available population statistics of the United States Bureau of the Census; or
    • a municipality with a population of less than 30,000 people according to the most recent available statistics of the United States Bureau of the Census, that is located 10 miles or more from a municipality with a population of more than 50,000 people. 

    History of Funding

    Past grantees can be seen at

    Additional Information

    In order to receive a grant, local governments apply annually. Those that do apply must agree to:

    • Spend funds on statutory priorities,
    • Cooperate with district attorneys to cover prosecution expenses as defined in statute,
    • Report annually on how funds were spent, modeling the Conservation Trust Fund (CTF) program method of spending monitoring, and
    • Acknowledge potential TABOR implications.

    This is a financial assistance grant for investigations and/or prosecution expenses of unlicensed marijuana cultivation or distribution operations. Some examples may include:

    • Personnel / overtime
    • Contractual services
    • Equipment and supplies
    • Travel
    • Pre-trial incarceration expenses
    • Medical expenses related to injury or exposer during a marijuana investigation
    • Purchase of information (informants) or evidence (contraband)


    Tamra Norton

    Tamra Norton
    1313 Sherman, Rm 518
    Denver, CO 80203
    (303) 864-7734
    (303) 864-7759

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are CO local law enforcement agencies and district attorneys.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by March 31, 2019. A similar deadline is anticipated, annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $6,000,000 is available in total funding. Award amounts vary. Cost sharing/matching is not required, but will provide applicants priority consideration.

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