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Budtender Spotlight: Terrence

Name: Terrence

From: Columbus, Ohio.

“I transferred out here on a work-related thing. I was in grocery for a long time – but I did a 180 and fell in love with the weed industry.”

Weed history: “I moved out here and for the longest time I had the stigma in my head that smoking weed was wrong. But so many people here are so open about it and so I decided to try it.”

He moved to Vancouver in May 2016, tried weed for the first time in August 2016 and he applied for a job at The Herbery in October 2016, which he got, he said.

“I came in and bought some weed, smoked it, then said ‘I really need to work here.’ It changed everything. I wasn’t necessarily against it before, but I was misinformed. Now I just love it.”

“I love how everything communicates something different to my body. Every strain is different, edibles are different, RSO is different. I love all the cannabinoids and terpenes. It’s great.”

Favorite strains: “I love the way Fireline trims and cures. Their product is always beautiful.”

Napalm Kush is his current Fireline favorite, he said.

“It’s like a roller coaster. You’re happy and giggling and first and then you just take off.”

He also loves Doc & Yeti’s Dutch Treat.

“It’s such a great high with no crash.”

And for edibles his current favorites are Smokiez and Legal Sodas.

Customer support: “I think I’m best with people who are in for the first time, people from out of state,” Terrence said. “When you walk in here for the first time it’s like another world. I also love the old stoners – you can just kick back and chat with them and absorb their knowledge.”

Weirdest thing about you: “You’d probably never guess it, but I’m a Game of Thrones fanatic. I love the books, I love the series, and I love talking about it.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I am definitely excited to see where this industry takes me. I’m open to the idea of moving up, and that’s possible. But I’m just living in the moment – I love coming into work each day, and I love smoking weed and making recommendations for people.”

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Budtender Spotlight: David

Name: David

From: Logan, Ohio.

At age 19, David’s father passed away and his mother moved to Vancouver, where he soon followed.

“I had so much stuff in my life and marijuana was the only thing that was really helping me, so I came here for a change of pace and because of legalization,” David said. “I’ve been here for six years and I love it. It’s beautiful, very progressive, and a lot different than rural Ohio.”

Weed history: “I was an athlete in high school and I played three sports,” David said. “I probably smoked five or ten times in high school, but usually I was mixing it with alcohol. The first time I really started buying it on my own was in my second year of college – because my roommate was a big pothead.”

He used cannabis as a social tool in college, he said.

“If you have a blunt on campus it can be just a great conversation starter,” he said with a grin.

Favorite strains: David’s favorite overall strain is Dutch Treat from Doc & Yeti.

“It’s a very potent hybrid that keeps me satisfied but not sedated,” David said. “The way it looks, it’s just covered in kief. It’s the most beautiful flower I’ve ever seen. The taste is immaculate – pungent floral. It’s just delicious.”

He also likes ADAK from Nettles Unlimited when he’s looking for a creative vibe.

“That stuff’s like rocket fuel,” David said. “I’m a creative media major (at WSU-V) now and I sometimes use it late at night when I’m working.”

He also likes Cascadia Gardens for its consistent quality and Gimme Samores from Honu is his favorite edible.

Customer support: “I consider myself someone that can sell to anyone,” David said. “I’ve been here at The Herbery for two years now. I feel comfortable selling to anyone. I love to help people who are coming in for the first time especially – I like to make them feel welcome and give them the rundown.”

Weirdest thing about you: “If I go to sleep I like to sleep even hours,” David said. “If I’ll get an odd hour of sleep, I’ll wait up until it gets to an even number of hours. It seems to work best for me – I actually have a bunch of energy.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I want to be somewhere on a marketing team for the marijuana industry,” David said. “That’s what I’m studying for.”

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Budtender Spotlight: Camille

Name: Camille

From: Camas, Washington. Camas High School graduate.

Weed history: “I started smoking when I was 17 – I used to smoke primarily flower, but now I’m mostly into dabs because they’re easier on my lungs.”

Favorite strains: Her flower favorites include Doc & Yeti‘s Red Headed Stranger and NWCC’s Orange Creamsicle – for dabs she likes Cheese Dog from Dorado and EBDB from Cascadia Gardens.

“I felt like the EBDB gave me a unique high – very heady. It put me in a different world. The Cheese Dog also makes me incredibly happy, and as a bonus it doesn’t put me to sleep.”

Customer support: “My expertise lies in dabs. I’m good at working with people looking for value. I like to get the most bang for my buck and I like to help others do the same.”

Weirdest thing about you: “I love dragons. I collect dragon stuff. I’ve loved them since I was a kid. I actually believed they were real for a long time. I did a 10-page essay in school on how they might have existed in the past!”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I want to still be here. I got my associates degree in human services, and I feel like budtending is a human service. I’d love to stay in this industry for the next five to 10 years – maybe more!”

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Budtender Spotlight: Lynne

Name: Lynne

From: Portland, Oregon, but she’s lived in Vancouver for the past 25 years.

Weed history: “First time I tried it was in high school in like 1973. I started working an ambulance when I was 19, and cannabis became a good soother for the stresses of that job. I’ve been pretty much smoking ever since.”

Favorite strains: “I’m a sativa smoker mostly. I love Doc & Yeti‘s Red Headed Stranger. I also love Cedar Creek’s Jack Herer and Gorilla Glue from Sunshine Farms. Gorilla Glue for me is sort of a sativa hybrid high, although it’s a transition weed. I also like Dream Beaver from Phat Panda.”

Customer support: “Overall I’m probably best with older people – my age – who aren’t always sure what they’re doing. Also people who are coming into either new or are coming back after a long time. I like helping people through the stigma and showing them what’s new.”

Weirdest thing about you: “I collect tacky religious icons. I surround myself with things that bring me joy and make me smile, and I have lots of them. I have a big piece of art of Mary and Jesus up and home that’s probably my favorite. But I love anything with Jesus and sparkles.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “If I’m not retired by then, I’d love to still be here.”

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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!”

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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.”

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Budtender Spotlight: Rick

Name: Rick

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From: Florida (most recently Miami, Florida)

“I was in the military before coming here (to Vancouver),” Rick said, adding that he served 10 years in the Army.

Weed history: “A friend (in the military) had some one day,” Rick said. “I was curious, tried it and liked it, and that’s how I got started. When I got out of the military it became more of a gourmet thing for me. Now I think of it like wine or any other gourmet beverage.”

Favorite strains: OG Kush from Cedar Creek, White Fire from Fireline (“I haven’t been high like that in I don’t know how long,” he says of The Herbery’s newest grower).

He also counts Phat Panda and Doc & Yeti among his favorite growers.

“I really like indoor grown product – the quality is so much better,” he added.

Customer support: “I work with all customers: Young, old, male, female. I relate to everybody.”

His favorite strains are usually indicas, and he loves recommending them to other indica fans, he added.

Weirdest thing about you: “I collect rare antique books,” Rick said.

He’s especially fascinated with metaphysics books, like Cosmic Consciousness by Richard Maurice Bucke, Science of Being by Eugene Fersen, both of which are in his collection.

“I’ve always been curious about metaphysics, esoteric studies,” he said. “Smoking weed and talking about higher states of consciousness is just something I love.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “Hopefully Florida will have legalized by then and I can move back home. I love the Pacific Northwest, but I miss the beaches and sunshine.”

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Budtender Spotlight: Melissa

Name: Melissa

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From: Washougal, Washington

Weed history: “I only smoked at parties until recently, when I started at The Herbery. I love that weed can make you more energetic and happy.”

Favorite strains: Kush Face from Doc & Yeti (“I love the super strong body high – and the head high is also great. It’s just happy, happy stuff.”), Blue Dream from Legends, Golden Pineapple from Phat Panda (“That’s always a fun high.”).

Customer support: “I love people with good attitudes – well, I love everybody really, as long as they’re open and understanding. And there are so many more people like that in this industry, it’s just great.”

Weirdest thing about you: “I’ve broken 28 bones. I’m just really active. I’ve fallen down a waterfall and broken three ribs, I broke my right thumb seven times. It’s always something – tether ball, gymnastics, ice skating – anything I can do to get out there. But I always seem to end up in a cast.”

She also fears zebras!

“I got bit by a zebra at a petting zoo,” she said with a laugh. “It bit me in the rib when I was about 10, and I had a huge bruise. I wasn’t supposed to pet it so I was afraid to tell my mom after. And now I’m terrified of zebras. It really was a traumatic event.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I want to be a veterinarian,” she said. “I love animals so much (with the possible exception of zebras). I plan to go to school for that soon. But I also love being in this industry. I’d be perfectly happy if I was still here at The Herbery, honestly.”

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Budtender Spotlight: Lyn Mullen

Name: Lyn Mullen

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From: Manchester, England (but she’s been in the U.S. for a long time)

Weed history: “I’ve been smoking since I was 14. I just always knew it was something for me. It just makes me feel normal.”

Favorite strains: Indicas of all stripe – “I love, love, love indicas!”

Particularly, she likes Bear OG from Cascadia Gardens, Chem Dawg from Cedar Creek Cannabis, Alien Dawg from Doc & Yeti and NYC Diesel (a sativa) from Golden Leaf.

Customer support: “I think older customers can relate a little more to me because I’m older as well. I also love sharing cannabis recipes with customers.”

Weirdest thing about you: “I do community theater at Magenta here in Vancouver. I love everything about it. Musicals are my favorites. I love to sing!”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I’m very happy in this industry. It’s been a good change. I was a paraeducator for special needs kids before this. In comparison, this is a breeze!”

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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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