Articles by Joel Warner

Joel Warner is a Denver, Colorado-based staff writer covering the marijuana industry. Previously he was a staff writer at Westword newspaper, and his work has also appeared in WIRED, Slate, Men's Health, Bloomberg Businessweek, Popular Science, Men's Journal, Grantland and elsewhere. He is co-author of the 2014 book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny.


Showdown In The US Cannabis Capital

California’s massive marijuana grey market is poised to go legit. But those in the business can’t agree on what the new industry should look like.
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Homeless, High And Needing Help

With more than $135 million in taxes and fees generated by Colorado marijuana sales last year, some shelter managers would like to see a portion of the proceeds devoted to homeless services.
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The Plight Of Marijuana Migrants

Colorado homeless shelters say 20 to 30 percent of their new residents report they’re coming to the state because of pot. Is the state equipped to handle them?
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Leeroooooy Jeeenkins!

The “Warcraft” movie is chock-full of connections to its computer-game inspiration. So why no reference to the game’s strangest hero?

The Wet Stuff

There’s a new swimwear-tech arms race underway — one where the difference between victory and defeat in the pool (and within a $1 billion swimwear market) can come down to comfort and a hundredth...

The NFL’s Reckoning With Marijuana

As Ricky Williams readies a marijuana gym and pro athletes dive into pot ventures, why did Laremy Tunsil tumble in the draft after a bong tweet?
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The Origins Of 420

A secret marijuana grow, a treasure map and five young hippies who called themselves the Waldos: the unbelievable story behind marijuana’s global holiday.

Marijuana Industry Bets On Banking

Entrepreneurs see an opportunity in the cannabis industry’s need for financial services, but are such ventures viable long-term solutions?

Cannabis In The Courts

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit equating the marijuana business with organized crime. Could racketeering laws still threaten the growing industry?

Cannabis Clashes In The Startup Scene

CanopyBoulder is riding high as the first marijuana accelerator, but it’s also struggling with complaints about its contracts and the behavior of those in charge.

The Rise Of Tailor-Made Highs

Marijuana companies are promising custom-made experiences based on flavor compounds called terpenes. But can they actually deliver “contentment ” and “relaxation­”?