Denali 420, Houston, Alaska
Why did you decide to become a budtender: I enjoy smoking and always wanted to pass that enthusiasm along to other people.
What’s your favorite part of the job: I really like helping customers get what they want, and I like seeing people who haven’t experienced the medical side experience that for the first time.
What sort of things have you learned on the job: I’ve learned a lot about marijuana in general. About how it’s grown and a lot about what people are looking for. For different ailments and stuff like that.
How do you help a customer who is new to cannabis, or returning after years away: Start by showing them all the available products out there on the market right now. Usually start them on something lower. Medium grade THC level. Something to get their feet wet again.
What’s the biggest challenge in your job: Trying to determine what it is that’s going to best for each individual person. Everyone’s different.
What’s your most memorable job experience: Probably just getting hired. That was a big deal for me.
What’s your personal favorite product among those that you sell: I’m a huge fan of any product from Fireweed Extracts right now.
How long have you been in Alaska, and if from somewhere else, where: I was born here. I grew up in Ohio though. I moved back up to the state about four years ago.
If you could share a bowl with one famous person in the world, who would it be and why: I think I’m going to go with Eddie Vedder. I’m a huge Pearl Jam fan. His lyrics and the way his mind works have always intrigued me.
What are your interests outside of work: I play guitar a little bit. I’m taking a break from school right now. I was a business student.
If someone asked you about becoming a budtender, what would you tell them: It’s a great experience if you enjoy smoking and have enthusiasm for it. It’s great to be able to pass that along.