About The Cannabist

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:

  • Alex Pasquariello

    Alex joined The Cannabist as Editor in April 2017. He started his journalism career in Colorado as a reporter at community newspapers and national ski magazines before heading to New York to work as...

  • Alicia Wallace

    Alicia Wallace joined The Cannabist in July 2016, covering national marijuana policy and business. In her 14 years as a business news reporter, her coverage has spanned topics such as the economy,...

  • 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...

  • Polly Washburn

    Polly joined The Cannabist in December 2016 as a digital producer. She has been creating print, web and video content for a couple of decades. She returned to her home town of Denver in 2012 after...

  • Lindsey Bartlett

    Lindsey Bartlett is the social media producer at The Denver...

  • Ricardo Baca

    Ricardo Baca is a contributing editor for The Cannabist. He was appointed The Denver Post's first marijuana editor in November 2013 and spearheaded the formation of The Cannabist, a division of the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • John Chandler

    John Chandler farmed more than 300 acres of certified organic produce for many years before he became a professional cannabis producer in Colorado in 2012. He has a horticulture degree from Texas...

  • Brittany Driver

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

  • Lucas Dean Fiser

    Lucas Dean Fiser is a published fiction writer, poet and holds an M.F.A. He writes freelance for The Denver Post and is a regular contributor to

  • 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...

  • Daniel Jones

    Daniel Jones is a freelance writer primarily focusing on lifestyle for The Cannabist. An Austin-based journalist, he has published extensively in Boomer magazine and the Village News, both in the...

  • 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...

  • Ben Livingston

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Sohum Shah

    Sohum Shah is the Director of Investor Relations for MassRoots, Inc. He previously founded the Cannabis Commodities Exchange and the Cannabis...

  • Katie Shapiro

    Katie is the nation's first-ever cannabis style writer here at The Cannabist and digital editor @AspenSojourner magazine. Her company, Katie Shapiro...

  • 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,...

  • 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...