Report: Regulating Commercial Cannabis & Community Impacts

ICMA, with support and funding from the city of Half Moon Bay, California, developed a report on the local impacts of commercial cannabis with 10 case studies.


The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has produced a report, The Local Impacts of Commercial Cannabis, addressing the implications of commercial cannabis of interest to all communities considering legalization. The report, which can be reviewed and downloaded below, is divided into four areas:

  • Economic development
  • Public safety
  • Public health
  • Environment

Discussions also address tourism, safety hazards, youth concerns and specific considerations for local government managers that are based on tips from municipal and county leaders.

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In addition, there are 10 local government case studies that review the processes and decisions in their efforts to regulate commercial cannabis businesses in their communities. The communities are:

  • Carpinteria, California
  • Durango, Colorado
  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Grover Beach, California
  • Jackson County and Ashland, Oregon
  • Juneau, Alaska
  • Kirkland, Washington
  • Pacifica, California
  • Santa Rosa, California

Download the report from ICMA's website.

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