Looming over Cap Hill is Denver’s spookiest piece of cannabis history, now with an Instagram-friendly refresh

Denver Post

It’s hard to miss as you’re walking down Grant Street in Cap Hill, not far from the Capitol: a giant, three-story sandstone mansion with stained glass windows and carved lions overlooking the grounds. Then again, it’s also easy to spot considering there’s a dispensary in back and a giant sign in front that reads “Marijuana Mansion.” The Creswell Mansion, as it was originally known, was built in 1889 for Denver businessman Joseph Creswell and designed by local architect John J. Huddart, known for his work on several prominent Colorado courthouses. The 11-room mansion — with a carriage house in back that is now home to a Green Dragon dispensary — was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. If you go Marijuana Mansion, 1244 Grant St.,720-446-5433. Tours by appointment only, $25 per person. mjmansion.com These days, however, it’s most well known for being the home base of the Marijuana Policy Project, the group that drafted what eventually became Amendment 64, legalizing adult cannabis use in Colorado in 2012. That’s how the building got its Marijuana Mansion nickname, and the building’s new owner is doubling down on that identity. Lisa Leder bought the mansion in 2019 and got to work renovating the massive, aging space, which she planned to reopen in March 2020. The pandemic threw a wrench in that plan, but she’s finally showing off updates to the space and opening it up for tours. There’s a lot of history in these walls — and, depending on who you ask, a lot of spooky stories, too. One artist, working on renovated rooms late at night, reported hearing footsteps on the main staircase, despite being alone in the building. When playing music on a record player in a third-floor room, one employee has reported the sound of banging inside a closet,…

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