The minimum wage increase is only for city employees and city contractors. State law prohibits Denver from hiking wages citywide, like Seattle has done.
U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock spoke before the marade (march and parade), alongside a host of other Colorado politicos.
Denver City Council passed a bill in November that opened the door to an injection site. Hancock's enthusiasm seemed to slow in a new interview.
The city attorney accused drug companies of “providing false and misleading information to doctors and patients about the safety of these drugs."
The program will help people vacate convictions for any marijuana offense now legal under state law. The city estimates around 10,000 convictions could be eligible.
Supporters say the percentage of immigrants who can’t afford a lawyer for their cases is an affront to due process rights.
The city has terminated the contract of one real estate development company and will further review another construction company.
Despite being among the first states to broadly legalize marijuana, cities elsewhere have led the way on expunging misdemeanor drug convictions.
The mayor said the wage boost would affect about 2,500 city employees.
The November ballot measure, which would compensate private landowners if government drilling limits diminished their property values, is largely funded by the oil and gas industry.