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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 editor of The Cannabist. After 12 years as The Denver Post's music critic and a couple more as the paper's entertainment editor, he was...

  • Aleta Labak

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

  • 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...

  • Whoopi Goldberg

    In 2002, Whoopi Goldberg became one of a very elite group of artists who have won the Grammy (“Whoopi Goldberg,” 1985), the Academy Award (“Ghost,” 1991), the Golden Globe (“The Color...

  • 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 author of eight semi-bestselling books and is a three-time "Jeopardy!" champion. His ninth book, a novel called "Repeat," will be published by Amazon’s Lake Union Press in...

  • 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...

  • Ed Murrieta

    Ed Murrieta is a California journalist and edibles...

  • 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...