VTDigger talk with Gov. John Hickenlooper about cannabis and the economy March 23, at the Flynn Center in Burlington

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Jen Kimmich, co-founder of The Alchemist Brewery, will interview Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper about cannabis and the economy at 7 p.m., March 23, at the Flynn Center for the Arts in Burlington.

The discussion will focus on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s economic development initiatives, including affordable housing and public transportation, in urban and rural areas. He will also talk about the challenges and opportunities of the legalization and regulation of the cannabis market in Colorado, which was the first state to develop a regulatory market for recreational marijuana.

As mayor of Denver and as a two-term governor, Gov. Hickenlooper oversaw and managed a major period of sustained growth in Colorado.

“In Colorado, we took our state from 40th to 1st in the country in job growth. We cut regulations on small business, attracted new businesses to Colorado by creating an attractive quality of life, and improved the state’s education and skills training to create a stronger workforce. As a result, Colorado saw major gains for working people, not only in big metro areas like Denver, but also in the state’s rural areas,” Hickenlooper said.

Bridging the economic divide

Vermont’s economy, like Colorado’s, relies on tourism, ski areas, craft breweries, tech and a budding cannabis industry. Hickenlooper will talk about economic development initiatives that bridge the divide between rural and urban populations in Colorado.

The discussion will focus on Hickenlooper’s economic development initiatives, including affordable housing and public transportation, in urban and rural areas. He will also talk about the challenges and opportunities of the legalization and regulation of the cannabis market in Colorado, which was the first state to develop a regulatory market for recreational marijuana.

VTDigger is the media sponsor for the event.

SEATING IS LIMITED

Seating is limited and first come, first serve. Please reserve your seat now. Tickets are free with a suggested donation. Members of VTDigger are eligible for preferred seating at the Flynn.


Please contact Dylan Woodrow at dwoodrow@vtdigger.org or call 802-917-3483 for sponsorship opportunities.

Date: 
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 7:00pm