Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Jan. 5

A segment of an 1865 map of the Colorado territory. (Denver Public Library)

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.

A segment of an 1865 map of the Colorado territory. (Denver Public Library)
A segment of an 1865 map of the Colorado territory. (Denver Public Library)

Legal-ish weed:

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.

Meanwhile, pot stocks plunged and lots of Colorado leaders got really mad. (Denverite, Bloomberg)

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)

CDOT is ready to start expanding I-25 near Fort Collins, and Fort Collins is getting started on municipal broadband. (Coloradoan, VentureBeat)

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)

The man accused of the fatal ambush in Douglas County legally bought 11 guns in Wyoming. The funeral for Deputy Zackari Parrish, who died in the attack, is today.(DP)


Jared Polis will try all two ways onto the Democratic ballot for governor. (Denverite)


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)

Andrew Kenney

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Andrew Kenney writes about public spaces, Denver phenomena and whatever else. He previously worked for six years as a reporter at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. His most prized possession is his collection of bizarre voicemail. Leave him one at 303-502-2803, or email