Meet your budtenders

Sam Bluett, left, and David Newman.

Glacier Valley Shoppe

Juneau 

David Newman

Why did you decide to become a budtender? I love weed people.

What’s your favorite part of the job? I can’t get over saying things like “Could you pass me that pound of ______” so casually to my coworkers.

What sort of things have you learned on the job? Learned what a duffel bag full of weed looks/feels like.

How do you help a customer who is new to cannabis or returning after years away? Let’s just smoke for flavor. Ignore these numbers, please.

What’s the biggest challenge in your job? These days, it is just trying to keep up with the new pace and keep our friends and customers calm and happy.

What’s your most memorable job experience? The relief of not needing to hide who I am every day was a really big realization to come upon.

What’s your personal favorite product among those that you sell? I like selling someone that perfectly stuffed joint that they needed after their daily battle.

How long have you been in Alaska, and if from somewhere else, where? I am a Southeast Alaskan. I bleed river silt.

If you could share a bowl with one famous person in the world, who would it be and why? Post ‘rona though? I’ll roll two joints for me and anyone from the Bon Appétit test kitchen who blazes.

What are your interests outside of work? Taking pictures of things I eat to post on Instagram.

If someone asked you about becoming a budtender, what would you tell them? I’d only ask ‘What are you waiting for?’

Any further information you would like to add? Shouts out to our packager. Elizabeth we love you so much, dude, we would have nothing to sell if it weren’t for you! Shouts to Regina and Mike for keeping us afloat during a global pandemic and keeping us legal and essential. Shouts to the boys in the grow! Shouts to Jordy, you called it man.

Sam Bluett

Why did you decide to become a budtender? I became a budtender, because the marijuana industry has a lot of potential in Alaska, and it is an industry I believe in.

What’s your favorite part of the job? I enjoy testing new products and sharing my findings.

What sort of things have you learned on the job? I’ve learned just how much work it takes to grow marijuana in Alaska and the lengths people will go to get it to those who need it.

How do you help a customer who is new to cannabis or returning after years away? I ask them about their preferences on how they would like to be introduced or reintroduced into the world of marijuana and show them a range of ways to achieve that goal.

What’s the biggest challenge in your job? Waiting for my favorite products to grow or ship.

What’s your most memorable job experience? Having an excellent time on 4/20/20!

What’s your personal favorite product among those that you sell? The AKO Farms and Good Cannabis concentrates.

How long have you been in Alaska, and if from somewhere else, where? I have proudly lived in Alaska my whole life.

If you could share a bowl with one famous person in the world, who would it be and why? I would share a bowl with Hannibal Buress because he is funny and outrageous.

If someone asked you about becoming a budtender, what would you tell them? I would tell them how, step by step.

— David James

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