Article by Annalise Klingbeil, Calgary Sun
Denver’s Dan Rowland advised Calgary’s city council to go slow, expect the unexpected, and introduce strict regulations and robust enforcement as Calgary prepares for the looming federal legalization of marijuana.
Denver, Colorado became the first city in the world to legalize recreational marijuana sales on Jan. 1, 2014, and Rowland was in Calgary Monday to share what his city has learned at a lengthy council education session on the drug.
“Part of what I do is to help folks understand that this is not necessarily a game-changing experience,” said Rowland, a citywide communications advisor with the city of Denver.
“This is something that’s been coming for a long time, and a city can handle it and implement it in a way that makes sense for their city.”
In the three years since social weed was legalized in Denver, the American city has collected extensive data, which Rowland shared with council, on topics including gross sales, marijuana-related revenues, crime, impaired driving citations, and economic impact.