Dan Anglin left too soon, but he had an interesting life while he was here.
A former lobbyist and one of Colorado’s first business owners in marijuana edibles, Anglin died June 12 after suffering a heart attack days earlier, according to his wife, Diana. He was 52 years old.
A native of Denver, Anglin joined the United States Marine Corps after high school and served in Desert Storm. He attended the University of Arizona after serving in the military and began pursuing a career in public policy, working in various roles for the Arizona and Colorado state legislatures. Anglin then transitioned into jobs in government affairs, which is how he found a path to edibles.
Anglin made a name for himself on the state Capitol working on the Colorado Legislative Council and later as a lobbyist for the Colorado Association of Commerce. He founded his own public affairs company in 2011 and eventually contracted EdiPure, a now defunct marijuana edibles company, to lobby on behalf of the edibles industry. At the time, state lawmakers were considering an outright ban on marijuana products from Colorado’s medical marijuana market. Anglin, one of the few conservative lobbyists working on behalf of the marijuana industry at the time, played a role in making sure that didn’t happen.
“I successfully prevented an unconstitutional ban on cannabis products, and the founder of EdiPure offered me an ownership position in the company, and I haven’t looked back,” Anlgin said. in a 2019 interview with Westword. “I was worried about my future when I took the offer, but as a lifelong cannabis user, I finally found something to give meaning to my work. This was, personally, the leap scariest thing I’ve ever done, and I don’t regret a thing.”
After joining EdiPure in 2013, Anglin gained enough confidence in edibles to start his own business. In 2015, he launched AmeriCanna, an infused products manufacturing company, before renaming it CannAmerica Brands. CannAmerica was an early adopter of licensing technology and new state businesses in commercial marijuana, and was one of the nation’s first publicly traded marijuana companies.
Anglin was a former client of Ricardo Baca’s PR firm, Grasslands. Baca, who first met Anglin while working as Denver Post‘s cannabis editor, fondly remembers him as a spokesperson for marijuana and the armed forces.
“Dan was a one-of-a-kind guy with an infectious drive and ideas galore. When I was writing about cannabis for The post office, Dan walked into the lobby one day and kicked me out because our copy desk had used a dated EdiPure photo, and he was concerned that state regulators thought he was selling cannabis edibles in non-conforming packaging,” Baca recalls. “When Dan’s next cannabis brand CannAmerica signed with my agency Grasslands a few years later, I came to better understand his passion – and his pride. Dan liked to talk about proudly serving his country, and my colleagues and I liked to position him as a caring spokesperson who could talk about the complexities of the United States Armed Forces and how they let down so many cannabis-aligned veterans. »
A fundraising campaign has been created to help the family pay for Dan’s medical bills, according to Diana Anglin.
“Dan has been honored to serve at every level possible to advance the cannabis industry,” she says. “He worked with great people who inspired him in difficult times and brought him joy in good times.”
Dan is survived by Diana, 52, his sons Jagger Kortegast, 29, and Kyuss Anglin, 23, and stepdaughter Ashley Anglin, 23.