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Budtender Spotlight: Corry

Name: Corry

From: Seattle originally, but he’s lived in Vancouver since he was 9 years old.

“I consider myself from Seattle. I like it here though. The people are super nice, and there are nice places around here to hike and camp, too.”

Weed history: “I started smoking with my best friends when I was 15, and I remember learning to hide it from my mom. My friend got a job here at The Herbery and told me how awesome it was – so I got out of the restaurant industry, applied here and got the job!”

Favorite strains: “I love love love Pineapple Express from Nettles. It gets me drawing. I’m a huge artist so I love it.”

He loves sativas in general. “Indicas kind of knock me out.”

He also likes Orange Cream Panda Candies.

“They taste the best,” Corry said.

Customer support: “My favorites are the first timers. They’re afraid of being embarrassed. I can get them hooked up. I also love older couples coming back to it. I just love the excitement of first timers and people who don’t have a lot of experience with it.”

Weirdest thing about you: “If I hear an accent I can’t help but copy it. There’s a cat boarding place next door and the owner has a thick English accent, and I keep picking it up. It’s embarrassing but it’s also funny.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I see myself traveling, like a nomadic world traveler,” said the 26-year-old. “I’ve been wanting to do that for a while. First place I want to go is Thailand. There’s just something about the art and food there, I think it would be really cool.”

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Grower Spotlight: Nettles Unlimited (Rikk James Premium Cannabis)

Grower: Nettles Unlimited (Rikk James Premium Cannabis)

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Location: Spokane Valley, Washington

Owner: Rikk James (Fiala)

How did you get into this industry: “I opened a (medical) dispensary in Washington back around 2008, 2009, but it ended up on the shutdown list,” Fiala said. “From there, I decided it would be better to just run a collective garden, which I did until recreational legalization came along. After that I decided I’d rather join them than fight them, so I applied for a grower license – and here I am.”

What sets your farm apart from others: “We offer clean, quality cannabis,” Fiala said. “We make sure our products are flushed properly and we pay close attention to every detail. We don’t grow as big as some other farms so that we can produce higher quality cannabis and spend more time caring for each plant.”

Lighting method: High Pressure Sodium (HPS) full spectrum lights.

Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor grower, tier 2.

1394765_origPesticides: “We haven’t used pesticides in a long time, but we did use Azamax for a while,” Fiala said. “We’ve since developed a little secret where we don’t have to use that or other pesticides anymore.”

Soil/Growth medium: Coco fiber

Signature strains: Channel #5, Willie Nelson, Pineapple Express, Pineapple Skunk, Dragon Crack (“It tastes like Fruity Pebbles,” Fiala said proudly), ADAk (a cross of ATF and AK-47 which he calls “Our most flavorful strain. That’s the fire.”).

Other strains or products of note: “We just bought a rosin press, and we’ll be coming out with our Rikk James Rosin line very soon,” Fiala said.

What would you like to see next as the industry evolves: “I’d like to see cannabis federally descheduled,” Fiala said. “Completely descheduling it would be awesome. But certainly at least rescheduling it – it’s not more dangerous than heroin, that’s a ridiculous claim.”