Series: Is Colorado better off five years after legalizing marijuana?

A billboard went up recently above the 16th Street Mall in Denver asking: "Are you better off than you were five years ago?" Five years ago, voters approved Colorado’s first-in-the-nation experiment to legalize marijuana. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical and/or recreational marijuana. But Colorado is still the canary in the coal mine that other states look to as they decide whether and how to legalize,…

Denver wants to expand its ‘innovation zone’ even as big money questions remain

The Denver school district is soliciting more schools to join its first “innovation zone,” a bold experiment that grants broad autonomy to public schools, even as the district is once again negotiating with the zone over how its schools should be funded. A key element of the zone is that its schools can opt out of certain district services and use that money to buy things that meet their students’…