‘Pot critic’ is Dream Job for Marc Emery

The Denver Westword, a weekly newspaper in Colorado, is looking for a marijuana critic. Its website recently posted this ad: “Calling all potential pot reviewers: Westword wants you! Do you have a medical condition that necessitates marijuana? Do you have a way with words?” Don’t think this is a joke.

For users of medical marijuana in the beautiful “Rocky Mountain High” state, the issue of quality from one seller to another is a considerable concern.

$250 gets you the doc’s OK

This new and inspired job of “pot critic” comes at a time when the number of individuals allowed to use medical marijuana in Colorado is, shall we say, growing at an alarming rate.

Like in California, there are websites in Colorado that list doctors who will give you a medical note for pot based on such dubious symptoms as headaches and hangovers. All you need provide is the $250 doctor’s fee.

Users are then required to buy pot from one of the state’s licensed dispensers. The dispensers, in turn, are not required to meet certain standards with regard to the quality of the product.

Hence, the need for a critic.

Selling pot to anyone with a medical claim, no matter how dubious that claim, would seem to be the obvious direction for the pot industry to grow in most jurisdictions.

If governments allow anyone with a headache to smoke pot, providing he or she gets a doctor’s note and buys the product from a licensed dispenser, then the government can, in turn, tax the hell out of everyone involved.

It’s a win/win.

We have the perfect candidate

As for the Westword and its inspired idea of hiring a freelance “pot critic,” clearly the newspaper knows the sort of individual it wants on the beat.

Good writer, knowledge of the publishing industry, expansive knowledge of marijuana, both as a grower and a user.

Sounds like the dream job for our Marc Emery.

Plus, he’s already down in the States.

OK, so it’s prison, but that will end soon enough and the man is going to have to find work somewhere.

– Article from The Province on October 7, 2009.

Calling all potential pot reviewers: Westword wants you!

by Joe Tone, Denver Westworld

Do you have a medical condition that necessitates marijuana? Do you have a way with words? If so, Westword wants you to join the ranks as our freelance marijuana-dispensary reviewer.

To provide an objective resource on the state’s burgeoning medical marijuana scene, Westword has launched “Mile Highs and Lows,” a weekly review of Colorado marijuana dispensaries. Now we’re looking for just the right person to take the reins.

The job is simple: Visit a different dispensary each week (without revealing you’re working for Westword) and pen concise, impartial and snappy accounts of your experiences. Keep in mind this isn’t about assessing the quality of the medicine on site; it’s about evaluating the quality of the establishment. After all, we can’t have our reviewer be stoned all the time.

The perfect candidate will be a talented writer who’s not about to play favorites — and, of course, someone who has a state medical marijuana ID (or the ability and need to obtain one). Compensation will be meager — and no, we can’t expense your purchases, although that would be pretty cool.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Send a resume (informal is okay; handwritten on rolling papers isn’t) and a one-paragraph essay on “What Marijuana Means to Me” to . The more creative the better — so get rolling.

(Fair warning: Because we think it might be really funny, we reserve the right to publish any samples we receive, though we won’t use any full names without permission).

Update: Thanks for your interest, everyone. We’ve received well over 100 applications and will be culling through them shortly in search of the best candidate(s). Unfortunately, we can’t accept any more essays/resumes.

– Article from Denver Westworld on September 29, 2009.