Why did you decide to become a budtender: My passion for cannabis and customer service. I’ve been doing customer service for 10 years. It’s something I enjoy. And cannabis is something that I enjoy too.
What’s your favorite part of the job: Educating customers on all the different ways that you can consume.
What sort of things have you learned on the job: Lots of rules and regulations. And as the industry continues to grow and change, all the new rules and regulations that come with that.
How do you help a customer who is new to cannabis, or returning after years away: I always start by asking them a few questions. That usually gives me an idea on how to direct them. In most cases I start them off with a low THC, high CBD flower or preroll.
What’s the biggest challenge in your job: Wanting to take all the products home. Wanting to try everything that comes in.
What’s your most memorable job experience: Being a part of the first and only dispensary open on 4/20 in Homer, Alaska, last year.
What’s your personal favorite product among those that you sell: Flower. I’m a flower girl.
How long have you been in Alaska, and if from somewhere else, where: I’ve been in Alaska for about 11 years now, but I’m originally from Stockton, California.
If you could share a bowl with one famous person in the world, who would it be and why: It would definitely be Kevin Hart. He’s one of the funniest comedians. I feel like it would be a funny, interesting smoke session with him.
What are your interests outside of work: Of course, bong rips. And I love to go fishing. Any spare time that I have I’m out at the fishing hole or on the beach fishing.
If someone asked you about becoming a budtender, what would you tell them: I would say do it. It’s the best job I ever had. The cannabis industry is growing so fast that there’s something out there for everyone.
Any further information you would like to add: This March was a year working in the industry, and I have learned so much, and I can’t wait to see what else is going to be coming to us as it grows.
— David James