The greening of Colorado: effective community planning strategies around the legalization of recreational marijuana

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dc.contributor.author Victory, Colin
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-25T14:07:15Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-25T14:07:15Z
dc.date.issued 2016-05-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/32672
dc.description.abstract In November of 2012, the state of Colorado officially ended an 80 year national prohibition of recreational marijuana by voting to pass Amendment 64. This shift in state policy generated a multitude of economic opportunities for jurisdictions throughout the state. However, the location and volume of production and sale that is authorized is ultimately determined at the city and county level. Localities in Colorado are charged with regulating the new industry in the same manner as they do other locally unwanted land uses (LULUs) such as sex-oriented businesses, halfway houses and liquor stores. This paper examines community planning approaches involving the legalization of recreational marijuana in rural Colorado. The goal of this report is to serve as a document that can be used by jurisdictions that are poised to legalize in the future, as a reference when examining best practice for the regulation of a new recreational marijuana industry. I collected data through one-on-one interviews with city and county planners throughout Colorado. The focus of the research is two-fold: to determine what approach the planning staff took towards managing recreational marijuana in their jurisdiction and to determine why the planning staff chose the approach that they did. Through the course of this research, I have found that conservative communities are treating recreational marijuana shops as nuisance or vice businesses and are using there zoning and regulatory powers to push the shops outside of city limits. Progressive communities have taken a more inclusive approach and in return are profiting from the new market. The struggle between state law and local public perception in these jurisdictions may be the major reason why some communities are not benefiting from the public revenue being generated by Amendment 64. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Community planning en_US
dc.subject Marijuana en_US
dc.subject Colorado en_US
dc.subject Legalization en_US
dc.subject Ordinances en_US
dc.subject Amendment 64 en_US
dc.title The greening of Colorado: effective community planning strategies around the legalization of recreational marijuana en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Regional and Community Planning en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning en_US
dc.description.advisor Katherine Nesse en_US
dc.date.published 2016 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US


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