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Reader: Pot club a publicity stunt? How about Westword's pot critic?

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Miguel Lopez.
You could hardly turn on television New Year's Day without seeing another report on Club 64, the state's first legal pot-smoking club -- as touted by attorney Rob Corry. "Freedom was in the house last night," Corry told CNN, sounding about as hip as a rapping grandmother, according to William Breathes.

Was it just a publicity stunt? That's what some people think, and told Breathes so. But one reader has thrown the flag on that play.

Says mass303:

Publicity stunt? Now that's a bit of the pot calling the kettle black isn't it? I mean, that's one of the reasons why The Westword has a marijuana critic, right?

Actually, we have a marijuana critic because the reporter covering the medical marijuana beat three years ago didn't smoke pot, and when he was writing about the burgeoning dispensary industry, he thought the beat needed someone who could sample the wares. We looked for a marijuana critic the same way we look for a restaurant reviewer: We invited anyone interested in the gig to submit a writing sample.

Funny, the national media never covers our search for a new Cafe critic, but they jumped all over this.

And the job hunt worked: We found William Breathes, a journalist with the reporting skills to give the subject the attention it deserves, but also an MMJ patient who really appreciates his meds.

What do you think of Breathes's reviews? His new Ask a Stoner column? The rest of our pot coverage? Post your thoughts below.

From our archives: "William Breathes looks back on three years as the country's first pot critic."




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6 comments
CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Of course Cannabis reporting in the Wasteword is a stunt. Ms. Calhoun is a businesswoman not a journalist so she will report what ever is profitable, regardless if she actually printing PROPAGANDA. Whatever keeps the money rolling in.

Robert_Michaels
Robert_Michaels

If pot is "legal" why pay money to join this fool's club?

vox-populi
vox-populi

Big thanks to WB. Without him, we'd have a bad DUI bill based on bad science.

Someday they'll ram it through anyway, but he's surely save countless people from being charged with DUI when they were perfectly sober.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Bong-sucking Billy now thinks he has the knowledge and experience to go from subjective inane reviews of dope shops to hard reporting of facts and law regarding marijuana use and production -- skill sets he never had nor will have.

HipTip: Ask a Stoner - get the wrong answer

WW = all about the hype ... and advertising revenue ... truth and facts be damned.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@vox-populi  ... thanks to A64, you are GUARANTEED a bad DUI-m law, as A64 mandated that DUI-m shall forever be a crime! ... WITHOUT setting any scientifically objective standards for THC / CBD levels of impairment.

Stupid Stoners get the Government REGULATION they beg for!


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