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Budtender Spotlight: Sarah

Name: Sarah

From: Forest Grove, Oregon. She moved to Vancouver a few months ago to work at The Herbery.

“This is just a super chill state,” she said of her new home. “Everything’s so easy to get to.”

Weed history: “My brothers used to smoke really hard core – and I was totally against it,” Sarah said with a laugh. “My parents smoke too. I got shooed away when they used to smoke.”

But then came Dec. 28, 2005 – a date she remembers clearly.

“I went to my brother’s room before I was heading off to Alaska and asked ‘so are you going to load it with me before I leave?’ My brothers got me blasted and then I moved to Anchorage for a while. After they smoked me out I couldn’t wait to get home and try it again.”

Favorite strains: Her favorite strain overall is Jack Herer.

“I like sativas and I like that one in particular – it’s a powerfully motivating strain.”

She also like Strawberry Banana from Cascadia Gardens.

“It’s a hybrid mix of Banana Kush and Bubble Gum. It’s the best tasting weed I’ve ever smoked. For me, it’s the perfect high – I can socialize and I’m not too self-conscious.”

Customer support: “I really like picky customers, actually. I like the ones who come back and tell me if they don’t like something – because I always want to learn how to help them better each time. I love a good constructive criticism.”

Weirdest thing about you: “I have psychic dreams sometimes, and in general I’m just really into dreams. I don’t know if it’s actually psychic or just my brain processing something that it picked up – but one time I dreamed about making up after a fight with my boyfriend’s mom and that we made up and exchanged socks. The next day I woke up and we actually did exchange socks. I’ve had other dreams like that as well. I’m just into all that crazy dream stuff.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I just spent three years in the electrical trade and this is so much better,” Sarah said. “I want to be doing this in five years. I’m on the edge of my seat with excitement every day just to come in to work here.”

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Budtender Spotlight: Janet

Name: Janet

From: Born in California and raised in Vancouver, Washington. She graduated from St. Mary of the Valley High School in Portland.

Weed history: “My family grew it, actually,” Janet said. “Before we left Sunnyvale California we grew it with our apricots. That’s how I learned how to trim it, make oils, tinctures, edibles and all of that.”

Favorite strains: Janet’s a big fan of OG Kush from Cascadia Gardens and Jack Herer from Phat Panda.

And for edibles, she loves Evergreen Herbal’s 4.20 bite-sized brownies.

“You can eat a couple of those and then you feel really good – you’re not out of it, it’s just perfect.”

Customer support: “I love everybody, really. I love to make suggestions, especially for people who come in without a lot of knowledge. There are so many products to choose from.”

Weirdest thing about you: Janet’s gearing up for her first marathon!

“I get up at 4 a.m. and I run four miles every day,” Janet said. “Running in a marathon is one of my bucket list things.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I’d like to be a manager or something like that,” Janet said. “Everywhere I am, I like to rise to the top. That’s who I am.”

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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: Ben

Name: Ben

From: Vancouver, Washington – born and raised.

Weed history: “When I was 19 I was hanging out with some friends and my buddy paid me $50 to take a hit! I didn’t get high at the time because I was drunk. But I tried it again the next night because I was curious, and I’ve been smoking off and on ever since.”

“I love that there’s a plant that can do so many different things for so many people – and it grows really quick in so many environments.”

Favorite strains: His favorite sativa is Jack Herer from Cedar Creek Cannabis. He also loves F?#k Yeah from Phat Panda when he’s ready to chill with an indica.

“Jack – I love the creativity and the euphoric head highs. F?#k Yeah I love because it’s awesome video game weed!”

Customer support: “I love working with everybody and anybody who comes in. I’m a big flower guy. I like vapes as well, but I’m pretty new to them and to dabs.”

Weirdest thing about you: “I’m a computer enthusiast, gamer, and I do security work. I teach people how to avoid hacker bots and spyware.”

For video games, he loves the Civilization series – except for the most recent one, and he’s eagerly awaiting the full launch of a game called Star Citizen.

Where do you want to be in five years: “If I’m still in the industry in five years I hope it’s helping to run a store – or to run IT infrastructure for a marijuana business.”

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