Marijuana Management: Impact on Communities

During the 100th ICMA Annual Conference in Charlotte, N.C., a group of experts discussed the impact of marijuana legalization on local governments.

In September 2014, in conjunction with its 100th annual conference in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County, N.C., ICMA hosted a telephonic news event during which a group of local government advisors and managers representing jurisdictions at the forefront of marijuana legalization efforts, shared their perspectives on what legalization has and will mean for local governments and their communities. The panel examined the challenges local jurisdictions will face when what appears to be an inevitable and major shift in the longstanding criminal status and public policy regarding marijuana takes place.

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