For progressives, the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington in 2012 was seen as an irrefutably positive development. Black people go to jail for marijuana-related offenses at a much higher rate than white people; legalizing it, then, would only bring the arc of the universe closer to justice.
Four years later, that doesn't necessarily seem to be the case. An October 2015 New Republic piece illuminated an unexpected side-effect of the marijuana boom: housing prices are going up like crazy. In this series of 28 tweets, Twitter user Annie (@grimalkinrn) argues the city of Denver and the state of Colorado aren't doing enough to ensure the city remains affordable for the middle class.
Michael Rosen is a reporter for Fusion based out of Oakland.