'Cannabist' Weed Site Wants Reporter to Do Hot Takes, Not Hot Tokes

Wait, what?

Cannabis journalism is real. Today's weed writers are documenting an important chapter in the social narrative of this generation

Such is the logic that launched The Cannabist, a weed-niche digital media site (KIND of like us), published and created under the Denver Post umbrella.

The Cannabist's content is strictly weed-related, thoughtfully produced, and posted to a site with a design aesthetic that gives off vibes as the cooler, hipper, weed-smoking, younger sibling of Denver Post. The site's inaugural editorial staff was even the subject of a critically acclaimed documentary

And now, the site is looking for another writer: A data journalist to be specific. 

The Cannabist seeks a real numbers whiz. Someone to track down the skinny/statistics of the legal weed world. Someone that knows how to use Microsoft Excel and make colorful charts. The site wants to employ a journalist that can compete with the content farms of the Internet and produce one or two, quick-hit-but-still-punchy, stories a day. The site is hiring a writer that "has experience using video reporting skills (or a willingness to learn.)" 

And The Cannabist also wants a journalist who can pass a drug test.

Say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!? 

From JournalismJobs.com

"Interested parties should email a resume, references and writing samples to Cannabist editor Ricardo Baca at rbaca (at) denverpost.com. As with every Denver Post position, a qualified candidate must successfully pass a drug test."

Are you for real? Was a winky-face emoji left off the end of that last sentence there? Don't writers on the site, like, consume weed and then review it? Is this drug test a one-time thing? Or is it a "reverse" character check? Like, if the test comes back negative, you just know the candidate wouldn't be a good fit to write about cannabis? 

So many questions. I suppose the only way to truly scrape out all the details, would be to apply. A task which many talented writers and data journos will most certainly take up.

Indeed, if there are any data and cannabis journalists out there not dabbing right now, there is a wonderful publication in Denver that wants you to join their staff in documenting the rise of America's next great big industry. But also, same.

The standards held by The Cannabist team are fairly high––so maybe it's a good thing that you might not be.