Marijuana

Land the medical-marijuana-reviewer gig the whole country's talking about

When we posted a Tuesday blog looking for a reviewer to check out Colorado's medical-marijuana dispensaries, we had no idea national media reporters would turn so green with envy that they probably look smokable.

Today, both the Wall Street Journal and CNBC have published articles about our quest, both of them high-larious. Predictably, the Journal takes a business angle, declaring, "In this era of contracting newsrooms, Westword is seemingly creating a new journalism beat: Pot Critic" -- but at least the reporter gives editor Patricia Calhoun a chance to crack wise: "I know that within five minutes of the posting, we already had an application -- which is very fast turnaround for a stoner," she says. Yet the CNBC offering is even funnier, if only because of the line "A staff writer, writing under the pseudonym 'Joel Warner,' is currently doing the marijuana reviews." In truth, the reviews are penned by one Mae Coleman. Still, Warner (his real name, he swears) isn't offended. In fact, he's thinking about making quotation marks a permanent part of his byline. I've never been more jealous.

Want to win the job the Journal and CNBC so clearly covet? Click here to get the details. Maybe if you're lucky, you'll get to meet both Joel Warner and "Joel Warner."

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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