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What are your hobbies when you aren’t working at the dispensary?

I am a hiker and I highly recommend this adventure. My fiancé and I love to get out into nature, take in the fresh air and spend time in the outdoors. We love Washington state. It really is the greatest place to live for an avid hiker. We literally went on 30 hikes last year and my favorite was Diablo Lake in Washington’s North Cascades National Park.

when did cannabis first come into your life?

In college, I had a life-changing car accident that resulted in a severe head injury. For pain management, doctors prescribed me a daily regimen of heavy opiate prescription drugs. They numbed my mind, made me nauseous and I felt like a zombie walking through life.

As I searched for alternatives to prescription based therapy, I realized that Cannabis was a viable option for daily regimented pain management and an opioid replacement. At the time, I was working at the courthouse and this made Cannabis as an option for therapy impossible to co-exist with my government contract.

I had been a prior Cannabis user with over 25 years of therapeutic use and had stepped away from this lifestyle for a high paying government job. This realization had me questioning my choice of employment because I desperately needed a healthier option for pain management.

One day at the courthouse I had the pleasure to help Tom (owner of Top Shelf Cannabis), who came into my office and handed me $8,000 in $5s and $20s to pay his bill for his Cannabis retail shop. I sat there and counted every dollar and in the process, Tom told me his story. By the end of our time spent together, he offered me an opportunity to help open Washington state’s first-ever compliant Cannabis retail shop.

I took this alignment as a sign from the universe to step back towards a healthy and natural lifestyle that will offer the pain management necessary for a productive day.

How did you become a Budtender?

I started off in the Cannabis industry helping Tom’s retail shop, Top Shelf Cannabis with accounting. I was the bookkeeper, after a few months of working behind the scenes I realized that I wasn’t fulfilled. I needed to work with the people and the plant. By September 2014, I started working as a budtender and I soaked up as much knowledge as possible in the months to come. In 2018, I was promoted to assistant manager.

“I HAVE WATCHED THIS INDUSTRY CHANGE AND GROW SO MUCH IN SUCH A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME THAT I FEEL STRATEGIC AND MINDFUL BUDTENDER EDUCATION IS HIGHLY IMPORTANT. ”

What is your favorite part of the job?

Helping people find what they really need for lifestyle enhancement. It’s always rewarding to help a person dealing with ailments find a solution for therapy that is sustainable and natural. I also love my co-workers. We are like a family, and the industry at large is so kind, patient and caring. It’s amazing really to be in a service based retail setting and experience so much laughter, joy and gratitude on a daily basis.

What’s your favorite way to consume?

In a bong, rolling a joint or smoking a pipe. Every morning I wake up to choose the herb that will get my day going, set up my bong with clean water, turn on the news and light up. It is a daily ritual for me and it truly sets me up on the right foot as I’m stepping out the door for the day.

favorite strains & producers?

I am a huge fan of Lemon strains. Lemon Haze, Lemon Drop, Lemon Kush, give em all to me… I love all Lemon inspired fire! Some of my top favorite producers are Dawg Star, Western Cultured and Falcana. Dogstar Cannabis grows the best Lemon Drop, hands down.

Why do you like working HERE?

I have been working with Top Shelf Cannabis since 2014. This is my home and it has been very rewarding all of these years working with my team and the Cannabis community. I have the opportunity to grow, learn and be of service to those in need of therapy. I myself being a patient also experience an abundance of therapy and healing from every retail exchange that leads to a positive outcome.

Would you like to see any industry changes?

I have watched this industry change and grow so much in such a short period of time that I feel strategic and mindful budtender education is highly important. There should be monthly coursework and mandatory education.

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