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Want to be a weed critic? Here's how to get hired

Jake Browne is a freelance weed critic for the Denver Post.Damian Weiler

Jake Browne is a freelance weed critic for the Denver Post.

They’re getting ready to weed out the candidates.

The Oregonian announced Thursday it’s hiring a freelance cannabis critic — becoming the second U.S. newspaper ever to try to clear the haze around marijuana.

The Portland-based paper said it’s seeking “an experienced cannabis consumer” with “deep knowledge” of strains and products.

The prolific pothead must be a medical marijuana patient because dispensaries can’t sell recreational marijuana until October 1.

Jake Browne, the Denver Post’s first-ever freelance pot critic, said he’s glad the Oregonian is rolling out another position like his in his growing field.

Browne said “everyone I knew was surprised” when he started lighting up for the paper in December 2014.

“I mean, it wasn’t a job before I started with the Post,” the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native said. “My mom has been incredibly supportive. She’s even tried an edible or two.”

Browne puffed on his “clear and concise weed” — moonshine haze — as he spoke about his experience in a phone call about 11:30 a.m. MT.

Packets of marijuana buds are shown for sale at the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Clinic in San Francisco in 2009.Eric Risberg/AP

Packets of marijuana buds are shown for sale at the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Clinic in San Francisco in 2009.

The Oregonian is seeking a cannabis critic.Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The Oregonian is seeking a cannabis critic.

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Reviewing weed is Browne’s part-time gig — he runs the comedy game show “Uncalled Four” full-time. The 32-year-old declined to say how much he gets paid for his weekly columns but noted he doesn’t expense the marijuana he smokes to the Post, which expects to hire a second critic soon.

“There aren’t a lot of people who can say, ‘I have a weed resume,'” Browne said with a laugh Friday. “I have the luxury of smoking the best weed in the world on a weekly basis, so they have some catching up to do.”

Browne, who began his career freelancing for different weed magazines and ordering for dispensaries, said reviewing recreational weed is “all fun and good” but there’s a need for a medical marijuana reviewer.

“The ability for people to share their stories is so helpful to people who might be reticent to dip their toe in the medical marijuana water, because they’re afraid it’s bong water,” Browne said.

For Browne, the ideal candidate is someone who can “inject your own personality” into their reviews so that it reads better than a Wikipedia post. A critic, who should already have some bylines on weed, must also explain the effects of particular strains.

“That’s how it differs wildly from other forms of criticism: if you’re going out to dinner to have lasagna, it’s not going to make you feel paranoid or euphoric,” he said.

He prefers to keep his own tolerance low so he can better experience what a typical smoker might, but that might not be the route for everyone.

Jake Browne, a freelance weed critic for the Denver Post, appears in the documentary 'Rolling Papers.'courtesy of Zachary Armstrong

Jake Browne, a freelance weed critic for the Denver Post, appears in the documentary ‘Rolling Papers.’

Browne, who on average smokes three to four times a week, said he’s gotten better at reviewing weed as time has gone on. He takes notes as he tries weed, comparing it to writing a book report while high every week.

But the media attention and vocal opposition he’s received caught him off-guard when he first started.

“Don’t read the comments section, never once,” he recommended to an aspiring cannabis critic.

Hopeful professional smokers should already have some bylines on weed stories, even from a blog, and should be able to tell when mold has compromised the bud in Oregon’s moist climate.

Yet Browne said he doesn’t recommend being high for the job interview.

“I was so nervous, I got a cup of coffee and thought even this was a bad idea,” Browne said.

The Oregonian declined to say their position’s salary or provide more detail on their ideal candidate.

People who are interested in the position should contact editor Bruce Hammond at brucehammond@oregonian.com for more information.

rblidner@nydailynews.com

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