Video: Five questions for William Breathes after his CNN profile

Categories: Marijuana

William Breathes.
Editor's note: William Breathes is on paternity leave. His 4:20 p.m. Thursday dispensary reviews will return soon. In the meantime, here's one of his greatest hits: the top five questions Facebook and Twitter pals asked after being featured in a 2010 CNN profile on view below.

The calls and texts started well before I had woken up yesterday, vibrating my phone completely off my bedside table. Apparently people on the East Coast don't realize there's a time difference between us.

When I finally did get up and turn on the TV, I didn't have to wait long to see why everyone from my dad to friends who lived on my couch in college were buzzing me. There was reporter Poppy Harlow watching as the back of my head took a bong hit on CNN.

Good stuff. The CNN piece, that is (watch it below). At times, it was really funny; Harlow's reaction to me popping open the jar of Cough in the car ("Whew!") was priceless.

A screen capture from the CNN piece.
Still, there were some things I feel like I missed out on. I do wish I had spoken more about my stomach condition and why I actually have a card, for example. Also, I hate the way my voice sounds on tape.

The rest of the day was even more interesting. My twitter account (@williambreathes) gained more than 100 friends in a few hours and I gained at least as many new pals on Facebook.

Understandably, I got a lot of questions from folks about just how what the hell it is I do.

To answer the top five most asked:

1. How did you get your job?
Some people say it's a bad stereotype that marijuana users have bad memory. Some say it's the truth. I'm not saying either, but I thought that Westword's search for the nation's first pot critic job was somewhat well known. I mean, even the BBC wrote about it -- and Conan O'Brien made fun of it during his brief time at the Tonight Show.

So, to answer the question: I applied for the job along with some 300 others, they liked what I wrote (or were stoned-by-proxy, for all I know) and asked me to send in a review, along with several other "finalists." In the end, they picked me and my cohort, the Wildflower Seed, and ran my initial review soon after.

2. How can I do what you do?/How do I get your job?
First, you should find a local municipality that recently had an explosion in the number of medical marijuana dispensaries. Second, find a local alternative weekly hiring a dispensary critic. Third, apply and hope you get it.

My suggestion for people wanting to write about medical ganja or simply chronicle their chronic, though, is to start a blog on your own. Take pictures, have fun, enjoy it. Sure, you aren't getting paid for it -- but you'd be smoking it anyway, right?

Continue for more answers to the top five questions William Breathes was asked after being profiled by CNN.

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help

My comment is for the sign in Las Vegas, The Bronco's couldn't beat the sick kids at St. Judes. I have been a Broncos fan since John Elway first became our quarterback and We went to the Super Bowl over and over again. In all those years of not winning a Super Bowl I never lost faith and finally We not only won one but two in a row! I'm not giving up on Peyton cause I know before He retires we'll win a couple more times.


Hey Billy,

Are you going to get baked in front of your infant child?

Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Paternity leave? I didn't know being a father required recovery time.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Dear Bongsucker Billy,

Did buying and smoking a few grams of overpriced, overtaxed, government regulated warehouse schwag from Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels once a week for the last 3 years really make you "an expert on ALL THINGS cannabis" or is that merely another completely bullshit assertion on the part of Westweed?


D. H.

Scott Schoenherr
Scott Schoenherr

Can somebody please explain this sentence? Westword has a horrible editor. This story is four years old and being republished and they still didn't fix the errors? "Understandably, I got a lot of questions from folks about just how what the hell it is I do." Drop the "how," no?


@DonkeyHotay The bar is quite low over at WASTEWORD. If you know which end of a joint to light, you are considered an expert.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Rule #1 = Stupid Stoners are ... STUPID!

Now Trending

Denver Concert Tickets

From the Vault