Budtender Spotlight: James Gerlack

Name: James Gerlack

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From: “Born and raised, Vancouver, Washington!”

Weed history: “I had an older sister, and her friends – I looked up to them. First time I smoked I was 12 years old, and I’ve smoked ever since. I’ve always had a passion for it. My first paycheck actually went to a 4-foot glass bong.”

“Once it became legal in Washington, it was definitely a dream come true. I was working full time in construction and I actually met Jim (the Herbery’s chief operating officer) at the door when I first came in and it was just great. I got the job here and I love it.”

Favorite strains: Golden Pineapple from Phat Panda, OG Kush and Chem Dawg from Cedar Creek Cannabis, Buffalo Bill from Doc & Yeti, Cheese from Going Green.

“I also love Fairwinds as a company. Their CBD tincture, I’ve been using that with a relative who’s going through chemo, and they’ve felt almost no side effects from the chemo with it. The cancer levels in the blood also dropped, although that may be from the chemo rather than the CBD. Fairwinds makes some great products, and in the future (this summer after Washington cannabis companies get their medical designations) I think they’ll put out some great medical products. You can just tell they have a real passion for that.”

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Customer support: “I love customers that want to learn, ask questions and understand new information. We’re all learning new things every day, and I really love customers that want to learn with me. I don’t want to ever give out false information. I think ‘I don’t know’ or ‘let’s find out’ is a fine answer.”

Weirdest thing about you: “I was a lead singer for 10 years in a band called ‘A Tale Through Audio’ – it was alternative rock. We toured all around the area, but we didn’t get where we wanted to before we all had kids.”

“Another interesting thing, we live in a tiny house, and it’s awesome. It has two lofts, and it’s only 200 square feet. It cost us under $10,000 to build.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I would love to be on the product side of things – product manager – once we grow. I’d love to be out in the field, meeting growers, negotiating deals.”

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