Denver Post’s marijuana editor: I’ve never been a full-on stoner, but…

Veteran Denver Post entertainment editor and music critic Ricardo Baca has been named the paper’s marijuana editor. A memo to staff calls him “the perfect person to lead this charge.”

Ricardo Baca

Ricardo Baca

So does that mean he’s quite familiar with the drug he’ll be covering?

“The short answer: I’ve covered concerts for a living over the last 15 years,” says Baca. “That means hanging out with musicians, working with people in the industry, attending music festivals in Austin and the Coachella valley and New York and L.A. So yes. And though I’ve never been a full-on stoner, I’ve shared concerts and conversations and late-night sessions at the bar, and had Twitter wars with thousands of them.”

Baca will be hiring a freelance pot critic and a freelance pot advice columnist. Email him at if you’re interested.

The Post’s drug and alcohol policy applies to this position, but that doesn’t mean the pot editor and his staff have to abstain.

“As with alcohol, you are not allowed to ingest (either via cigarettes or food) marijuanapot in the office or come to the office ‘reeking’ of marijuana,” says the human resources senior vice president. “If you do imbibe marijuana in the course of covering it for your job, we expect you to take necessary steps to ensure you do not drive while impaired or put anyone at risk.”

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