Ricardo Baca

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 tapped to become The Post's first ever marijuana editor and create The Cannabist in late-2013. Baca also founded music blog Reverb and co-founded music festival The UMS.

Recent posts by Ricardo Baca

Yes, there is a “Colorado candy bar incident” entry on Dowd’s Wikipedia

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has lived an enviable life and crafted an impressive journalistic career that includes a Pulitzer, a Damon Runyon Award and a Woman of the Year nod from Glamour magazine. You can read all about Dowd’s professional achievements on her Wikipedia page, and if you keep reading you’ll also come across a new entry: “2014 Colorado candy bar incident.”

I just got a weed-infused massage, and I feel GREAT

As I walked out of LoDo Massage’s economical RiNo studio near downtown Denver I felt centered and straightened, corrected and focused. The marijuana-infused body tuneup I’d just received was like nothing I’d ever experienced.

Why NORML branched out into new digs in Denver

While the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws has chapters all over the U.S., NORML only has one actual office outside of its headquarters in Washington DC — and it just opened in Denver this week.

NFL players speak: Cannabis works, so the league should allow it (video)

Former defensive tackle Tank Johnson says: “Managing and tolerating your pain is essentially how you make your money in this game. The NFL is all about pain management.” Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders also shares his views on cannabis, which is still part of the league’s anti-drug policy.

25 things I’ve learned from Weed Firm

There are certain truisms in Weed Firm. What have we learned from the hours we’ve lost playing the popular game, letting the gangsters kick our butts, precariously watering the pot plants with small water bottles, paying off the cops, ignoring the advances of Jane the stripper and growing some premium Purple Haze?

Weed Firm is no more: Apple yanks No. 1 game from App Store

Apples has removed the popular Weed Firm game from the App Store. Game maker Manitoba Games released a statement on May 21 saying, “As you might have noticed the game is no longer available on the Apple App Store. This was entirely Apple’s decision, not ours.”

Obama, Uruguayan leader Mujica meet in DC — but don’t talk weed?

When Uruguay President José Mujica goes all the way to Washington DC to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House to talk about expanding trade and commodities exports, surely they would also talk about their feelings and experiences with legal marijuana? Actually, no.

4 months in: No increase in Denver crime

As revenues, taxes and fees from the sales of recreational marijuana continue to rise — “Colorado sold nearly $19 million worth of recreational pot in March, up from about $14 million worth of recreational pot in February” — crime in Denver, the state’s marijuana hub, is on the decline.

Real police report: 1 gram of pot stolen

A female college student at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling had a gram of pot stolen from her dorm room and reported the theft to the Sterling Police Department. Problem is, 19-year-old Aurelia Paici isn’t old enough to legally possess marijuana in Colorado sans a medical license.

NPR audio: Might this credit union-styled cannabis co-op actually work?

As we reported late May 7, the Colorado state House narrowly passed a pot banking bill that would create the first cooperative of its kind — and now the bill is on its way to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk for approval and, ultimately, a showdown with federal banking regulators. But will it work?

A thoughtful look at legalization: What happened to “Just Say No”?

“Just Say No” is one of those dated cultural milestones that now seems more distant than it should. Note: It’s been less than 20 years since Nancy Reagan’s program was at its pinnacle, and already two states in the union have legalized recreational marijuana as everybody from republicans to democrats are guessing on what states will be the next to fall.

New idea: Food truck sells pot-infused grub

In these pages we’ve discussed the merits of buying marijuana from vending machines and smoking cannabis via professional, machine-rolled cigarettes. But I’m not sure any of that prepared us for a food truck that only sells infused edibles.

Even more Dave Chappelle shows added for Comedy Works

Comic Dave Chappelle will headline a slate of Denver shows from April 29-May 5 at Comedy Works’ two locations. A representative at Comedy Works South told The Cannabist on May 1 that tickets for more shows there will go on sale in the coming 24-48 hours, per Chappelle’s management.