Denver District 8 councilman Albus Brooks dropped by First Take to provide an update on his latest vote upholding the right to smoke legal marijuana on one's own property, the coming construction boom in the Five Points neighborhood, and the Saturday night (Dec. 7) tree-lighting at 27th and Welton.
At the City Council meeting on Monday, December 2, 2013, Councilman Brooks changed his earlier position to now allow the smoking of legal marijuana anywhere on one's own property. City Council takes up the question again on Monday, Dec. 9, including the question of a 1,000 foot buffer zone to keep pot from being smoked too close to schools. After decades of delays, Brooks celebrated the progress of several unnamed building projects in the Five Points neighborhood. "We have mixed use developments, we have small restaurant developments, retail, it's really exciting." The annual "Holiday at the Points" celebration is Sat. Dec. 7 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at 27th and Welton Streets, in front of Coffee at the Point and Crossroads Theater. There will be a tree-lighting, storytelling, and appearances by Denver Mayor Hancock and U.S. Senator Mark Udall. And hot chocolate. Lots of hot chocolate.
(Music on this feature includes Maynard Ferguson and Big Bop Nouveau's version of "It Don't Mean A Thing," from the Concord 30th Anniversary box set, and Eddie Palmieri's version of "Picadillo," from the "Caliente" radio show, recorded at KUVO.