Currently in Denver— April 21st, 2022

The weather, currently.

70s and sunshine for Thursday, April 21st.

We have a couple more days of warmer weather coming for the Denver-Metro before we have a chance to see wetter weather. For Thursday and Friday, we see warmer temperatures. We could even break into 80s on Friday. That will change over the weekend when a cold front comes through the Denver-Metro over the weekend and brings us cooler weather and a chance for rain. My suggestion for Thursday and Friday is to get outside. Go for a walk!

Here’s a look at your Thursday forecast:

  1. Warmer than Wednesday. Temps in the 70s.
  2. Sunny
  3. 80s on Friday

Megan Montero

What you need to know, currently.

Happy 4/20! If you’re with it enough, this is a great day to call your representatives and encourage them to support the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act.The legislation would legalize weed nationwide, expunge the records of those arrested on cannabis offenses, and set up a trust to fund services for communities that have been impacted by over policing.

Were it to pass, it’s also likely to make the marijuana industry more sustainable. States that have legalized weed are better able to regulate its production (ensuring that pesticides and fertilizer used in growing cannabis don’t pollute local waterways, for example) as well as regulate its carbon footprint.

Because weed is often harvested in growhouses, it uses up an enormous amount of electricity. Colorado—with harsh winters—was the first state to legalize weed, but its carbon footprint there is substantial. A study published in Nature Sustainability last year showed that the state’s cannabis industry produced more emissions than its coal mines.

“The emissions that come from growing 1 ounce, depending on where it’s grown in the US, is about the same as burning 7 to 16 gallons of gasoline,” Hailey Summers, one of the study’s authors, told New Scientist. Legalizing weed nationwide and creating incentives to grow it outdoors could reduce its expanding carbon footprint.