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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.
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Wiz Khalifa has his own marijuana strain. Snoop Dogg has an entire line of edibles, concentrates and flower. Willie Nelson’s company is actually growing its own cannabis plants. And now Bob Marley’s youngest son has a pot shop branded with his name and aesthetics.
How do Colorado voters really feel about the still-developing consequences of saying yes to Amendment 64 in November 2012? A new poll suggests Colorado voters do not have buyer’s remorse, The Cannabist has learned exclusively.
The question: ‘Why were white men poised to get rich doing the very same thing that African-American boys and men had long been going to prison for?’
Arthur Frommer, one of the world’s foremost travel authorities, is preparing for a Green Rush of marijuana tourism.
Watch: A miniature tornado uproots a mature, six-foot cannabis plant and throws it 50 feet away into a different garden entirely.
With the Green Rush now infiltrating scripted television comedies on American networks, should we prepare for the worst?
Jack Splitt, whose fight with cerebral palsy opened Colorado school doors to medical marijuana treatments, died Wednesday. He was 15.
New Brunswick economic policy adviser is looking forward to the jobs created by Canada marijuana in the province by pot businesses in the years to come.
The Grow-Off is a new marijuana competition that will rely on science, not taste-testing judges or money-grabbing events, to determine its winners.
A 53-year-old man unknowingly ate pot brownies and later crawled “around on the floor, randomly using profanities and calling the family cat ‘a bitch’ “
The Drug Enforcement Administration says its recent marijuana policy change will “foster research,” but CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta isn’t buying it.
We all have our little tricks we employ when we get too stoned. Former NFL player Ricky Williams has his. And it’s pretty disgusting.
Colorado marijuana shops sold nearly $600 million of cannabis in the first half of 2016, and analysts predict $1.35 billion in pot sales by year’s end.
Here’s how officials at every level of U.S. government (Team Hillary Clinton, too) reacted to the DEA’s recent decision to not reschedule marijuana.
Willie Nelson and his family and team are legally growing marijuana for the first time in the country singer and legalization activist’s lifetime.
Hundreds of batches of Colorado marijuana that months ago tested positive for banned pesticides have been re-tested by the state and released to return to the marketplace.
I couldn’t resist calling the number on the marijuana delivery service’s website. “I’m just wondering how you guys legally deliver weed?” The voice on the other end of the phone answered: “We’re doing it on a donation basis — for gas, time and delivery. Kinda like they do it on Craigslist.”
The top five positions companies are hiring for at the pot job fair: Budtenders, managers, sales representatives, growers and bookkeepers.
The Donald Trump border wall plan is now being touted by the Republican presidential nominee as a way to stop illicit drugs from coming into America. But there’s already a downward trend in drug trafficking from Mexico.
Willie Nelson’s much-hyped marijuana brand Willie’s Reserve will debut in Washington state pot shops this month and in Colorado marijuana stores in August, Nelson’s team told The Cannabist exclusively.
Boulder’s Terrapin Care Station has landed in Denver proper by acquiring Denver Relief, one of the longest operating dispensaries in Colorado.
One of Colorado’s most prominent advocates for marijuana businesses is no longer with the industry trade organization he helped build. Mike Elliott is now out as the longtime executive director of the Denver-rooted Marijuana Industry Group, sources confirmed.
A little more than half of registered voters oppose the ballot initiative that would legalize Massachusetts marijuana for recreational use, according to a new poll.
Ocean Grown Extracts is set to operate out of the empty prison, the Claremont Custody Center, and estimates they’ll create 100 jobs in the process.
Whoopi Goldberg is now peddling THC- and CBD-infused products meant to help with dysmenorrhea and she’s noticing how men are downplaying the condition.
The city of Denver will again host its Marijuana Management Symposium for other governments charged with “implementing marijuana policies and regulations.”
Just days after the Democratic Party endorsed the rescheduling of cannabis and a “reasoned pathway to future legalization” of marijuana, delegates with the Republican Party voted against a more conservative platform that would have endorsed medical marijuana.
When Snoop Dogg brought his family on “Celebrity Family Feud,” of course some marijuana questions were thrown into the mix. See what Snoop dog wrong.
Did you catch the stinging Drug War joke in the new “Orange is the New Black” season? Here’s what they said — and here’s why it resonates in 2016 America.
Pot shops across America are getting some work done – and sometimes an entire facelift, with a focus on customer education and sleek design.
The activists aiming to implement strict THC limits on Colorado’s marijuana industry will withdraw the controversial Amendment 139 next week, their attorney told The Cannabist.
A new coalition funded by the cannabis industry has formed in Colorado to fight a ballot measure that some say would crush the state’s billion-dollar marijuana industry.
Is this guidebook the first general-interest travel guide to be published with marijuana tourism included in its listings? Sure looks like it.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn didn’t know he had a stoned dog on his hands when the pooch started seizing, prompting an emergency vet visit.
Rep. Denny Heck of Washington says House colleagues who voted down the marijuana banking amendment should get tattoos of a slain dispensary guard’s name to remember that cash-rich dispensaries can be targets.
Yes, the Drug Enforcement Administration is thinking about rescheduling marijuana. Here are the good, the bad and the ugly unknowns of rescheduling weed.
This is exciting: The above video is the first we’ve seen of a newly expanded “High Maintenance,” the Internet sensation that will debut in a longer, bigger-budgeted format on HBO this fall.
Medical marijuana patients in Ohio say they need access to their medicine. But should they follow Ohio state senator Kenny Yuko’s advice?
The country music legend’s cannabis business Willie’s Reserve is nearing its launch in Colorado — and the marijuana company is currently hiring for five positions.
What are the specific diseases, syndromes and ailments that qualify for medical marijuana in Ohio? Here’s the full list of MMJ-qualifying conditions.
It’s official: Tourists visiting Colorado can now purchase a lot more marijuana than they ever could before. Here’s how much weed non-residents can now purchase.
Pop star Nick Jonas tells for the very first time a story about a marijuana edible that gave him a surprise erection at an inopportune time.
On Sunday I lived out the ultimate weekend morning: Cannabis, meditation, yoga and stretching, catch-up time with friends and an elegant champagne brunch. GET THE INSIDE STORY
In the first three months of 2016, Colorado pot shops sold more than $270 million of marijuana and related products, according to new state data.
New Zealander John Lord never really wanted to sell pot. It just sort of worked out that way. Now, one of Denver’s early pioneers of commercial marijuana growing and sales is among the most influential in an industry that’s quickly topping $1 billion in annual revenues.
John Fritzel talks being a power player in a quartet of Colorado cannabis businesses
How could two misfit thirty-something Colorado kids have grown up to create Native Roots, one of the largest legal-marijuana empires in America?
Vail’s largest commercial developer. An owner of a car-detail shop. A former nonprofit event planner. A businessman who made a fortune in child car seats.
The Colorado marijuana industry is stepping up its fight against the state’s efforts to regulate the application of pesticides on cannabis. A bill seeking to codify the governor’s executive order about unapproved pesticides died in a state Senate committee after passing the House.
For the first time I can remember (insert memory joke here), I’ve felt like I’m too busy to get high lately. As a daily toker for years, this makes frighteningly little sense. I point to examples of high-functioning peers all the time when confronted by the “Pot makes ya dumb!” crowd, yet here I find myself apprehensive to indulge.
The idea for a smoky sweet potato soup came to me last night. Dining out at a Portland restaurant, I sampled a side that was an acorn squash puree with some chunks of bacon, and it was wonderful. It’s unseasonably cold here and soup is on my radar. Bacon and sweet potato? Yes, most definitely a happy marriage.
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