Jake Browne, former strain critic for the Cannabist, didn’t spend much time moping after the publication’s staff was dismantled earlier this year. He wanted to focus on his own growth — and everyone else’s, for that matter.

Browne and his fiancée, Samantha Taylor, have been expanding their unique cannabis cultivation competition, the Grow-Off, outside of Colorado since they founded it in 2016, with contests in California that match commercial growers against each other with the same mystery genetics; they also have a home-grow competition going on in the South. Westword chatted with Brow