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Budtender Spotlight: Brittany

Name: Brittany

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From: Vancouver, Washington – and a graduate of Skyview High School.

“Vancouver born and raised!”

Weed history: “I’ve always used it for medicinal reasons – stomach issues. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, and I started using tinctures for it and it worked really well. They were trying to give me steroids, but I’ve been treating everything naturally and haven’t had to go on big pharma medication. Cannabis has been a lifesaver for me.”

Favorite strains: Buffalo Bill from Doc & Yeti “Doc & Yeti has the best of everything!”

Flow Gel from Fairwinds Manufacturing. “When muscle stuff starts, I put some of that on and in 10 minutes, I’m ready to go.

She also really likes both the THC and CBD Melonberry tinctures from Fairwinds. “They’re effective and discreet.”

Customer support: “I think I’m good with everybody. The customers I like to talk to most are probably the older generations that maybe are looking for ways to manage pain. They’re sometimes surprised to learn that you can use cannabis and still be in control – it’s not always about a head high.”

“I also love people just getting into cannabis. They’re so great. They’re ready to learn and so excited!”

Weirdest thing about you: “I’m honestly probably a thrill seeker. I’ve tried to conquer my fears.”

To conquer her fear of heights, for instance, she decided to go sky diving, a hobby she now enjoys.

“I love anything that gets your adrenaline pumping. Growing up I had a lot of anxiety, and it’s been great to conquer things I’ve been afraid of.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I’m actually thinking about going to school for naturopathic and holistic medicine. I’d love to merge cannabis with that sort of practice!”

Video Introduction:

Budtender Spotlight: Luke

Name: Luke

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From: Battle Ground, Washington

“Born and raised, right here in Clark County!”

Weed history: “Recreationally I’ve been smoking for more than 20 years now. I just got into the industry about a year ago ‘officially’ though.”

“I always loved the idea of working at a weed store – I shopped at The Herbery after legalization and I was so impressed with the team that I wanted to join them. And I was lucky enough to get a job here!”

Favorite strains: Luke is a huge fan of all things Doc & Yeti. His favorite strains:

Buffalo Bill and Red Headed Stranger

“The flavor profiles from Doc & Yeti are fantastic! Buffalo Bill is a nice citrus flavor. I also like the head space. It’s very motivational, allows me to be productive and is great for commuter programming and computer work (which was Luke’s previous career).”

Customer support: “I really enjoy helping folks who are looking for therapeutic effects from cannabis. Whether that’s recreational fun therapy or other therapy, I feel it’s important to meet the customer where they are, help them and let them know they’re being listened to.”

Weirdest thing about you: “I’m a classically trained pianist. I’ve been playing 22 years now. I used to play in a band, but mostly it’s just for personal edification now. ”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I’m working on really bringing technology to the cannabis market in Washington. I have a programming and systems background, and there are a lot of disparate software packages out there that don’t talk to each other. And I want to problem solve and help with that, after my budtending sabbatical.”

Video Introduction:

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.”

Video Introduction:

Grower Spotlight: Doc & Yeti

Grower: Doc & Yeti

Location: Tumwater, Washington

Owners: Joe “Doc” and Jared “Yeti.”

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How did you get into this industry: “We got into the industry because we love weed, and the Washington marijuana culture,” Jared said.

What sets your farm apart from others: “We are driven, and passionate for what we do,” Jared said. “We have the grower and smoker expertise and we are business-minded to make it through all the I-502 rules and regulations.”

Lighting method: 1000-watt hps double ended bulbs.

Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor grower, tier 3.

Pesticides: “We are fully biological with our pest management, meaning we use bugs to kill other bugs and beneficial fungus, and microbes to combat diseases,” Jared said. “We also use neem oil in veg and the first two weeks of flower only.

Soil/Growth medium: Coco Coir, a coconut based product.

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Signature strains: Red Headed Stranger, Breakfast Kush, Buffalo Bill, Dutch Treat.

Other strains or products of note: “Our vape cartridges are an alcohol extract which increases the cannabinoid profile – we feel it gives you a better high that last longer and smokes thicker,” Jared said.

What would you like to see next as the industry evolves: “All we want is a complete level playing field for all 502 businesses to participate in.”