Local Gov Life

Local Gov Life - S05 Episode 03: Cannabis Regulation

Episode Summary

Cannabis law is constantly changing. Is your community ready? In this episode, city managers and planners from Santa Rosa, California; Durango, Colorado, and Battle Creek, Michigan explain how they approach marijuana regulation.

Episode Notes

In the last election, voters in seven states voted on thirty-six cannabis-related ballot measures ranging from taxing medical cannabis to legalization of recreational marijuana. Michigan legalized medical marijuana in 2008 and recreational marijuana in 2018. Rebecca Fleury, city manager of Battle Creek, Michigan, and her colleague Eric Feldt explain how they adapted Battle Creek’s successful medical marijuana regulatory framework to recreational cannabis. Next, we hear from Nicol Killian, AICP, assistant director of community development for the City of Durango, Colorado. State law changed several times between 2010 and 2014, and she details how Durango took a reactionary approach to keeping up. Finally, Sean McGlynn, city manager of Santa Rosa, California, and his colleague Clare Hartman, AICP, deputy director of planning, outline their community’s proactive stance on legalizing recreational cannabis. They saw an opportunity to bring previously below-ground business activity into the fold.

If you're looking for guidance on how to manage legalized cannabis in your community, this episode is for you.

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