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BY PEYTON GARCIA • THURSDAY, NOV. 11, 2021

Let’s talk about mushrooms — the reality-morphing kind, not the pizza topping kind.

Two years ago, Denver became the first city in the country to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms — that doesn’t mean mushrooms are legal, it just means adults 21 and older can grow and consume their own magic mushrooms privately.

Now, the Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Policy Review Panel has some fresh ideas to present to City Council that could earn shrooms even more social acceptance.

According to the panel’s presentation, psilocybin mushrooms count for less than 1% of Denver drug felonies and misdemeanors.

The panel’s official recommendations include training first responders on how to respond to psilocybin-related crises; more research into how mushrooms can be used to treat mental health issues; and allowing people to share and consume mushrooms together.

Committee members requested that a representative from the Denver Department of Public Health be added to the panel moving forward, but otherwise took no formal actions.
[Denverite; CO Politics; Westword]

👉 What you can do: Watch the panel’s full presentation for yourself.

☀️/❄️ Today will be mostly sunny with a high of 56, but it will cool down this evening with a slight chance of rain and snow overnight.

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

📚 Teacher shortage forces Denver schools to go remote
George Washington High School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College, and John H. Amesse Elementary School will be holding all classes remotely today and tomorrow due to staffing shortages. GWHS officials said they may have to extend remote learning through Nov. 19. They expect an increase in faculty absences as a result of COVID-19 and seasonal illnesses. [9News]
👉 Related: Denver Public Schools will close district-run schools and offices Nov. 19 for a “health and self-care” day…


🦠 CDC says all Coloradans should get a booster shot
If you’re still debating getting your COVID-19 booster shot, the state health department says do it! While the CDC primarily recommends booster shots for people in high-risk environments, they’ve declared that all of Colorado is officially considered high-risk due to the current COVID surge. According to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, one in every 48 Coloradans is actively infected with COVID. [CO Sun]
👉 What you can do: Get boosted 💉


🇺🇸 It’s Veterans Day
Consider paying a visit to the Colorado Fallen Heroes Memorial located in Lincoln Veterans Memorial Park near the Capitol Building. After 14 years in the making, it was formally dedicated last weekend. You can read the stories of each honored service member on the memorial’s website.
👉 And also: A special thanks to my grandpa and my dad for their service 😘 

🤔 CONVERSATION STARTER

 What is the best all-night diner in the Denver Metro area? 

Another vote for Pete’s! City Cast Denver reader Trapper Ewing says: “I honestly don’t think Pete’s Kitchen has much competition.”

What do you think? Write me at peyton.garcia@citycast.fm, or by replying to this email, and I might just share your answer in the newsletter this week. 

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

An Ode to The Denver Diner Before It Gets Chase-Bank'd
18 mins
The Denver Diner has been boarded up for months, and last week, it was announced that the 24-hour dining spot was becoming a Chase Bank. Today on the show, Host Bree Davies reminisces with fellow Denver Diner enthusiast Kalyn Heffernan about their mutual love for the late-night hang out spot.

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🗓️ MARK YOUR CAL

+ FRIDAY: Tickets on sale for DCPA Winter Shows
Tickets for the winter show lineup at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts are available starting tomorrow. Check out the docket here.

+ SATURDAY: Bighorn Sheep Festival
Take a trip to Georgetown this weekend (only an hour’s drive west from Denver) for one of the biggest and oldest celebrations of bighorn sheep in the state.

+ SATURDAY: Veterans Day Run
Denver’s official “run for veterans” will take place at City Park (or virtually!) and all registration fees go directly to the Colorado Veterans Project. 

💡 INVENTED IN DENVER
Photo via Shark Tank

Two Denver-based startups scored deals on a recent episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank” — the popular television series where budding entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to a panel of celebrity investors. 

  • Wedfuly is a company that offers virtual wedding ceremony services. It was founded by Caroline Creidenberg and operates out of an office in RiNo. 
  • Wad-Free for Bed Sheets offers a nifty little product created by Denverite Cyndi Bray that keeps your bed sheets from wadding up in the dryer. 

Looks like some people used their pandemic time more wisely than I did… Congrats! 🎉 [Read more 👉 BusinessDen]

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