Stoners have always dreamed of a career in which they could smoke weed, test out new marijuana products and be compensated for their superior knowledge, and now there’s a position open with that very job description.
The Oregonian and its online counterpart, Oregon Live, is ramping up its cannabis coverage with a “freelance marijuana reviewer” now that pot is legal for adults ages 21 and over recreationally. The state joins Colorado, Washington, Alaska and D.C., which have also legalized recreational marijuana, and has allowed the use of medical marijuana since 1998. Currently, 23 states in the U.S. allow some form of medical marijuana.
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Oregon Live wants “an experienced cannabis consumer with deep knowledge about the variety of strains and products available on the Oregon market,” and because pot is legal to grow and consume, but won’t not legal for purchaseuntil October 1, they also want someone who is currently a medical marijuana patient.
And this isn’t the first pot journalism job to break out of a serious news outlet since America’s recent trend of legalized cannabis; The Denver Post started its own site, called The Cannabist, which features marijuana reviews, and as Oregon Live’s job posting points out, so does the Portland-centric blog the Willamette Weekly.
Of course Oregon Live is no stranger to pot coverage.Its marijuana page has stories of everything from Portland cannabis cafes to Shakespeare possibly tokin’ up and reform in Colorado’s edible market.
Additional details of the job where not immediately available and Oregon Live did not immediately respond to request for comment, however the posting did state that this is a freelance position, which will appear 2-4 times per month in Oregon Live and/or The Oregonian.
So why freelance? Well as the Willammette Weekly points out, The Oregonian’s parent company, Advance Publications (which is based out of New York), mandates drug testing. And although marijuana is legal recreationally and medically in the state of Oregon, employers can still continue to enforce drug testing.
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