Budtender Spotlight: Kenny Kennedy

Name: Kenny Kennedy

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From: Grew up in Florida, moved to Portland 15 years ago.

Weed history: “I originally smoked a Skunk strain when I was 13 in South Florida and really just enjoyed it – and I continued to do so through my military career.”

Kenny was in the Army from 2002 to 2010, and served two tours in Iraq. He also uses cannabis to treat his PTSD, he said.

“It takes my mind off things and helps me sleep. Cannabis really is amazing stuff.”

Favorite strains: Chem Dawg and OG Kush from Cedar Creek Cannabis. “I love Cedar Creek. They’ve always been one of my favorite go-to growers for indoor. It’s consistent and it’s always good.

He’s also a big fan of Phat Panda, and he likes Golden Leaf for outdoor grown cannabis.

Customer support: “I love all types of customers. I love the old Vietnam vets and older folks, especially. I just really like to help people. Anyone who’s got a smile – and if they don’t have a smile I’m going to give them one!”

Weirdest thing about you: “Probably the weirdest thing is I love driving to work. I live about 24 miles away, and I get really happy and excited about coming in. I hate leaving actually, too. I almost get a tear when I leave. And I love every second of my drive in. For it being called a job to me is weird. I just love being here.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I plan on retiring out of this industry one day and maybe opening a shop of my own at some point. But I’m really happy where I am, too.”

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