Denver’s Mayor Says He’s ‘Converted’ On Legal Recreational Cannabis

Article by Colin A. Young, State House News

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. Denver's Mayor Says He's 'Converted' On Legal Recreational Marijuana. Colin A. Young, State House News

As local officials across Massachusetts are bracing for the start of legal marijuana sales next month, the mayor of Denver took to the Boston airwaves Monday morning to describe his experience running a city with legal pot.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, a Democrat who like Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh “adamantly opposed” legalization, told Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting” on Monday that his fears did not come to fruition and that he is “converted.”

“The sky hasn’t fallen like I thought it would,” he said. “If you regulate it properly, enforce the laws around it and you set up your government to help work collaboratively with the industry, good things will happen.”

Hancock said his office has been working with Walsh’s office to help Boston prepare for the expected launch of legal marijuana sales in Massachusetts in July.

“Hopefully Massachusetts takes lessons from cities like Denver, states like Colorado, Washington and Seattle,” Hancock said. “I can tell you that Marty Walsh has dispatched, in previous months, his team to come talk to us and we’ve spent some time helping Boston get ready for this.”

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