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The culture of cannabis, that’s what we’re here to talk about. The Cannabist is a place of ideas, people, art, food and news. In this space we’ll share stories of medical inspirations, basement hilarity, state house debates, earthy aromas, kitchen triumphs and more. As marijuana’s coming-out continues, we’ll report journalistically from our homebase in Denver, Colo. — the site of recreational marijuana’s first legal sale in the modern world on Jan. 1, 2014. But our reach will span the globe as we address cannabis’ ever-expanding role in our weekly lives via news coverage, pot-rooted recipes, arts features, strain and gear reviews, lifestyle profiles, business articles and more, more, more.

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Our writers:

  • Ricardo Baca

    Ricardo Baca is the founder and editor of The Cannabist, legal marijuana's paper of record and a division of The Denver Post. Fortune magazine ranked Baca as one of the

  • Aleta Labak

    This Colorado native joined The Cannabist in January 2014 as a digital producer, after working behind the scenes for The Denver Post since 1999 in News, Features...

  • John Wenzel

    John Wenzel writes about comedy, music, video games, books, film and other popular culture as an A&E reporter for The Denver Post. He is the author of the Speck/Fulcrum nonfiction book "Mock...

  • Laurie Wolf

    Laurie has been a trained chef, food stylist, food editor, recipe developer and cookbook author for over thirty years. Her company, Laurie and...

  • Jake Browne

    Jake Browne is a Denver-based comedian, writer and co-host of both the comedy game show Uncalled Four and the Whiskey and...

  • Brittany Driver

    Brittany Driver, a native Texan, lives in Denver with her adoring husband and enthusiastic toddler. Email her at...

  • Elana Ashanti Jefferson

    Elana Ashanti Jefferson is a Colorado journalist whose interests include popular and consumer culture, fine arts and...

  • Susan Squibb

    Susan Squibb, the Cannabis Maven, is a Denver-based freelance cannabis writer and an operations management consultant. She founded and organizes the event,...

  • Ben Livingston

    Ben Livingston develops Map Legal Cannabis, produces the I-502 Anniversary Celebration and writes the pot column for

  • Katie Shapiro

    Katie is a freelance cannabis, travel and style writer and digital editor @AspenSojourner. Her company, Katie Shapiro Media, specializes in publicity...

  • Ry Prichard

    Ry Prichard has been a cannabis reviewer and photographer for the better part of 5 years. Dubbed "the biggest weed nerd in town" by Rolling Stone magazine, he spends his days in grow rooms and...

  • Neal Pollack

    Neal Pollack is The Cannabist's Texas Correspondent. He's also a three-time Jeopardy! champion, a 10-time book author, and the co-host, with his teenage son Elijah, of the Audible Original podcast...

  • Josiah M. Hesse

    Josiah M. Hesse is a Denver-based journalist primarily covering politics, comedy, marijuana and pop culture. His work has appeared in Westword, Splitsider, Laughspin, Out Front Colorado, The Spit...

  • Sohum Shah

    Sohum Shah is the co-founder and CEO of the Cannabis Commodities Exchange. He has worked in and around the Colorado dispensary scene for several years and...

  • Jorge Cervantes

    Jorge Cervantes, a pseudonym for George Van Patten, is a world-renowned expert on indoor, outdoor and greenhouse cannabis cultivation. His articles, books and YouTube videos have helped teach...

  • Alicia Wallace

    Alicia Wallace joined The Cannabist in July 2016, covering national marijuana policy and business. She contributes to the Denver Post's beer industry coverage. In her 13 years as a business news...

  • Eugene Monroe

    Retired NFL player. Proud father and loving husband. On a mission to get the NFL to accept cannabinoids as a viable option for pain...

  • Bruce Kennedy

    Bruce Kennedy is a veteran communications professional and multi-media journalist who has years of experience in international and business news. He started covering Colorado's cannabis industry in...

  • Chris Thomas

    Chris is a seasoned consumer electronics expert, reviewing everything — from smartphones to cameras — to an absurd depth. A New England native, Chris has a close eye on East Coast...