Zach | Washington Budtender | Interview #33
A few questions with a Zach, a Budtender in Washington.
Q: What's going on Zack?
A: Oh, you know, just selling weed. Trying to keep up with the insane growth we are experiencing up here!
Q: You are in Washington right? What is the average price for an 1/8th of flower?
A: Yes, I'm in Spokane, Washington. On average, flower goes between $30-$40 for a 3.5 gram package depending on the quality.
Q: How long have you worked in the cannabis industry for and what do you do?
A: I've been in the industry for about 15 months, and I was promoted to supervisor at Cinder back in January.
Q: We saw you will be doing some Budtender seminars in October. Can you tell us a bit more about that?
A: Yes of course! I'll be at the King Cannabis Expo October 14th and 15th at the Spokane Convention Center teaching some Budtender seminars to help guide people who are fairly new to the industry. I hope to help open the doors for others who want to do what I do!
Q: You are all over the place! We saw you were featured in The Inlander magazine. How does it feel to have a job that people want to learn more about?
A: Yeah I was actually voted Budtender of the year here in Spokane back in the spring. It has been an exciting year and I'm thankful to have the opportunity to grow in this industry. I'm just trying to share what I've gained to help the cannabis industry prosper.
Q: Everyday is different in a dispensary.. Do you have a story or two that you would like to share?
A: I know my work day always goes a little faster whenever we have a dog in the store. We welcome all dogs at into Cinder as long as they're on a leash, and we recently had a big golden retriever (at least 80 lbs) come in the store the other night and put his paws up on the counter as if he was going to order some top shelf chronic! It had all the budtenders and customers cracking up!
Q: Have an edibles or concentrates company you would have no problem recommending if we came to visit?
A: When it comes to edibles, I find the most success in sublingual ingestion. We've got a spray tincture from Ethos Extracts that always hits the spot. As for concentrates, I'm a daily dabber, and my favorite company is without a Double Kush Valley (@kushvalleywa on Instagram). They process topshelf BHO, and we've got more than 20 strains to choose from by them.
Q: The cannabis industry is new and obviously has a few problems. What are some changes you would like to see right now?
A: There seems to be no uniform system for regulation up in Washington. The laws are changing so fast that it's hard to know what is okay and what is not. Often times there is no consistency with what is legal and what is not.
Q: What are some major perks of working in a dispensary?
A: The best part about working in a dispensary is getting to help someone get EXACTLY what they're looking for, and see them be ridiculously excited to get out of the store and try it. If they're booking it out the door, that's a job well done.
Q: Have you been to any other states and explored their dispensaries?
A: When Oregon first legalized back in 2015 I took a trip down to Portland and checked out some medical shops that were allowed to sell recreationally. It is such a different experience to have your product weighed out right in front of you, in Washington everything comes pre-packaged.
Q: What's a story you have of a first time patient or customer asking a random question?
A: I had a customer come into the store trying to get a pound of weed today, but we can legally only sell one ounce of flower to a person at a time because that is all they're legally allowed to carry.
Q: For real though, have you seen a patient or customer benefit in a major way from cannabis use? Can you tell us about how it helped them?
A: My favorite story I've gotten from a customer is that they were able to completely remove a large tumor from their dog using high CBD flower that they purchased from our store and used to infused dog food.
Q: What is a major cannabis stereotype you would like to see go away?
A: I hate that people think smoking cannabis makes you lazy. That is just not true, I see all walks of life come into my store to buy product and a lot of them are truly hard working individuals. Some are teachers, some work construction, and I sell plenty of cannabis to people in professional "business" attire too!
Q: Favorite color?
A: Navy blue
Q: Do you have any advice for someone wanting to get into the Washington cannabis industry?
A: The best advice I can give is that this industry is all about finding the line between professionalism and comfortability. You want the daily consumer to feel welcome and at home like they're at the grocery store or their friends house, while also bringing them the consistency of a organized, professional environment.
Q: You've been great Zach! Thanks for sitting down with us! Last question: What are you most grateful for today?
A: Today I'm grateful for networking and being able to meet people and make connections all through the magical plant known as cannabis! :)