Mr. Arbelaez was part of the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, the City of Denver’s Medical Marijuana Workgroup, and Governor Hickenlooper’s Amendment 64 regulatory taskforce. This involvement has permitted Norton to be directly engaged in the development and drafting of Colorado’s regulatory framework and to participate in policy discussions with members of the public and private sector to promote a responsible and judicious approach to cannabis regulation.
In 2010 Norton founded Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Industry Group. This non-profit lobbying and policy group promotes responsible cannabis regulatory frameworks, serves a resource and partner for policy makers and protects the rights of medical marijuana patients. He currently serves on the group’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Arbelaez is a first-generation American whose family instilled early on the value of education and the importance of community involvement. At the University of Oklahoma he received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in International Studies Summa Cum Laude and earned a fellowship with the Carl Albert Congressional Research & Studies Center. He also interned with the Organization of American States where he compiled a database of human rights abuses as reported to the International Council of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica.