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80 minutes · 2016

Documentary
Shortly after recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado, the Denver Post made some news of its own by launching the first pot section at a major daily. In this documentary by Mitch Dickman, veteran Post music critic Ricardo Baca enjoys his instant celebrity as the paper’s first pot editor (appearing on The View, he lines up Whoopi Goldberg as a columnist) but then turns to the more prosaic challenge of shaping the day-to-day coverage. Hard reporting on the social and economic effects of legalization, written by clean-cut Post staffers John Ingold and Eric Gorski, runs alongside critical reviews of marijuana strains (illustrated in candy-colored shots that can only be called pot porn). Some interesting flash points emerge as readers try to get used to writers' open acknowledgment of drug use in print (of particular sensitivity are Brittany Driver's columns about pot and parenting).

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