Hi there. We spent yesterday running down more reporting on legal weed and Meow Wolf. It was all very Denver, and we got some new angles you’ll want to read. Here’s what’s happening.
We asked John Walsh, Colorado’s former U.S. attorney, about the new federal marijuana policy. “The potential for confusion is extremely high, and the potential for actual chaos exists,” he said. But he also gave a few reasons for cannabis optimism, as I reported.
Growth, schools & justice:
Legislators taking anti-growth questions on Thursday seemed to agree on those two points. But stopping new residents from moving to Colorado was not listed as a top legislative priority by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. Adrian reports. (Denverite)
Colorado lawmakers’ challenge on education in 2018: rekindle the bipartisan spirit that led to big deals last year. Voters also may decide whether to give schools more money. Nic Garcia reports. (Chalkbeat)
Pueblo voters refused to fund fixes for an overcrowded jail. Here’s what it looks like inside by Jesse Paul. (DP)
The state Capitol was on lockdown yesterday afternoon after shots were fired outside on Colfax Avenue. No one was injured. (AP)
We watched a lot of very large animals stroll down 17th Avenue. (Denverite)
Meow Wolf is ready to party now. The art-tech playground is already selling tickets to the opening of its giant Denver project and plans to capitalize on the buzz with parties and more. Adrian looks ahead. (Denverite)
CityLab explored the phenomenon of cities trying to become more Instagrammable. (CityLab)