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Andrew Freedman
Most Creative People 2016

Andrew Freedman

Director of Marijuana Coordination, State of Colorado | Denver

For making a joint effort

Andrew Freedman was an education-policy specialist and former chief of staff to Colorado’s lieutenant governor when Governor John Hickenlooper tapped him in 2014 to become the state’s first “marijuana czar.” Today, he’s navigating regulatory and public-welfare challenges that are both complex and—because the state was the first to legalize recreational pot—potentially influential: The choices that Colorado makes could define the country’s approach to marijuana policy for generations. Since taking the job, Freedman has worked to regulate pesticide use, guided community banks and credit unions on thorny issues related to accepting growers’ money (the Federal Reserve often won’t do business with banks that take pot-related deposits), and helped introduce legislation to make edible-pot packaging more childproof. He’s also become a tour guide for lawmakers from other states that are considering legalization. 

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