Dear Stoner: Saw you on CNN and in Rolling Stone. You've been getting around the national media lately, but it seems like the same questions over and over. What are you the most sick of being asked?
Dear NJ: While it's fun doing these interviews with other news outlets, and they're all pretty painless, I'm tired of being asked which dispensary is my favorite shop, for two reasons. One: I never really get back to many more than once or twice — and I've got plenty of friends who grow and have surplus herb to give out. Two: I've tried hard to avoid playing favorites for three-plus years now, going so far as to avoid rating systems like stars or pot leaves. I'm not about to start now.
But the worst question is probably the most frequent one: How do I review if I'm high? Just like our beer writer here atWestword isn't always drunk and our Cafe writers aren't always stuffing their faces with food-truck fare, I'm not always stoned. Okay, maybe most of the time — but not always. Namely, when I'm working. Even when I review strains, I wait until I've experienced the whole buzz before writing about the flowers.
Dear Stoner: Just wondering how Amendment 64 affects a person who is renting a home with regard to growing marijuana in the rented domicile? Also, if a renter is a state-licensed medical marijuana patient in Colorado, can they grow in a rented home, condo, apartment or townhome?
Dear Ryan: Both questions can be answered with the same response. Neither Amendment 64 nor state medical marijuana laws require a landlord or property owner to permit marijuana use or cultivation. But let's face it: That hasn't stopped growers in rented houses in the past, and it probably won't stop them in the future. The laws were merely written to protect landlords from law enforcement seizing the property.
Feel your landlord out. If he's on the straight and narrow, you might want to avoid it. But if you've got a cool landlord who shows up in his VW bug blasting a Jerry Garcia bootleg and passes joints with you while working on your sink, you can probably grow as much herb as is allowed. (Or more: We aren't here to judge.)