The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

Ri­cardo Baca, who be­came the first mar­i­juana ed­i­tor for a main­stream news or­ga­ni­za­tion three years ago, an­nounced Thurs­day he is re­sign­ing as ed­i­tor-in-chief of The Cannabist to pur­sue other busi­ness in­ter­ests.

The Den­ver Post will con­duct a national search to re­place him.

“Re­gard­less of this news of my de­par­ture, The Cannabist is mov­ing for­ward,” Baca said this week on “The Cannabist Show,” a weekly talk show and pod­cast he has hosted for nearly 100 episodes. “I ex­pect very, very good things from this show, this web­site, this staff in the years to come.”

The Cannabist was launched in the last week of 2013, just ahead of the start of Colorado’s his­toric recre­ational mar­i­juana sales. Its cov­er­age of le­gal­iza­tion is­sues and cannabis cul­ture across Amer­ica and the globe has since gained a national au­di­ence.

Baca steered cov­er­age of the le­gal era with in­ves­tiga­tive pieces that shed light on the bur­geon­ing cannabis in­dus­try and how it is reg­u­lated by state and lo­cal of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing prob­lems with the po­tency of ed­i­bles, con­cerns about the use of pes­ti­cides in com­mer­cial grows and an in-depth look at some of Colorado’s big­gest cannabis en­trepreneurs. He also wrote ex­ten­sively on chang­ing cul­tural norms.

“Ri­cardo had a vi­sion for what The Cannabist ought to be — how it should blend news cov­er­age with cov­er­age of the mar­i­juana cul­ture, re­flect­ing that the drug was now le­gal in Colorado. It seems like an ob­vi­ous idea now, three years later, but back then, it took imag­i­na­tion and fore­sight,” Den­ver Post ed­i­tor Lee Ann Co­la­cioppo said.

Den­ver Post’s Ri­cardo Baca wel­comes at­ten­dees to the in­au­gu­ral Cannabist Awards. Den­ver Post file

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