How long have you been a budtender?
I actually got my OLCC workers permit two weeks after I turned 21. It’s been five years. When I was getting close to 21, I wasn’t going to be in college anymore. I moved back here and started working at a dispensary in Springfield, got a manager’s position and I never left the industry since.
When was the first time you got high?
I actually didn’t start using cannabis until I was in college. I never smoked in high school or anything. I used to take a ton of prescriptions growing up. I have fibromyalgia, arthritis and alopecia, an autoimmune disease, so I have chronic pain. I used to be on pain and sleeping pills. I ended up getting off those by turning to cannabis. I had my best friend in college and we ended up smoking a joint without my sleeping pills. I slept better than I had since I was a child. And honestly, I never turned back.
What do you gain from being a budtender?
I get a lot of knowledge. I think knowledge is what’s going to push our industry forward. What I love about being in the industry is how I am educating myself, I am educating others, and honestly I hope I’m destigmatizing cannabis as a whole. I feel like every single person has to do their part to see the industry progress. The more I know, the more I can educate others and the more I can help people. I want to make the world a better place, and I’m going to do that with cannabis.