Join a listening session with Drs. Jessica Berrett and Kate Angulski from UCCS as they explore the impact of the legalization of marijuana on nonprofits in Colorado.
With the growing number of states across the U.S. legalizing recreational and medical marijuana, dispensaries are thriving and want to give back to their communities. However, there is hesitation from nonprofits to accept donations from marijuana dispensaries, leaving the potential for millions of dollars on the table. Therefore, this study seeks to address how the legalization of marijuana impacts nonprofits. This first study of its kind will focus on Colorado and collect survey and interview data from nonprofit organizations, marijuana dispensaries, and state officials with Colorado's Marijuana Enforcement Division. We believe there is significant potential for this new, interdisciplinary collaboration to impact funding for nonprofits, legislative decision-making regarding legalization and dispensary licensure, and views on tainted money and giving back not only for Colorado but with implications for the broader U.S.
During this listening session, Drs. Berrett and Angulski want to learn what questions do you have about this topic, what would you like to see as a result of the study, and is there anything we should be aware of as we dive in? This input will help design the surveys, which will be distributed in late summer/early fall.
Dr. Jessica Berrett is an Assistant Professor of Nonprofit and Public Management in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She earned her Ph.D. in Public Administration at North Carolina State University. She also holds an MBA focusing on nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship from Syracuse University. Her specialization is in nonprofit management, with a research focus on nonprofit financial and performance management. Her strong commitment to the social sector is reflected in eighteen years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, management, and consulting. She is also the CEO of Three Stones Consulting, a strategy firm for the social sector that she founded in 2010.
Dr. Kate Angulski is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. Her research focuses on international and comparative criminal justice as well as drug use and drug policy. Dr. Angulski has published on these areas in both domestic and international outlets, with recent articles appearing in Deviant Behavior, Journal of Drug Issues, and the Polish Journal of Criminology
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