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Budtender Daquon Buckhannon and the Holy Grail

Daquon Buckhannon found his place in the Cannabis industry at Holy Grail Pharms, which focuses on sungrown pot products.

Photo by Amanda Day

When he saw the opportunities opening up in the Cannabis industry, Daquon Buckhannon moved to Oregon from Fort Worth, Texas. Four years later, he’s found a place at Holy Grail Pharms – Eugene’s vertically-integrated dispensary with a focus on “sungrown products capturing the earth’s greatest resources.”

When did you land your first job in Cannabis and when did you begin at Holy Grail?
I started working in the industry in April of 2018 (so about four years now). But I’ve been working at Holy Grail a little over a year now. 

What’s your favorite part about working for a vertically integrated shop with a sungrown supply?
We can set the prices and we always have a lot of flower in our inventory.

Fort Worth to Eugene is a big move! But you mentioned that this industry offers a unique opportunity. How do you feel opportunities in Cannabis differ from other industries?
I feel it differs because I know a lot of people that were incarcerated for marijuana – people who didn’t have the opportunity or the knowledge to do what I’m blessed to do now. With laws changing, we can bring jobs to people and money to places that need it. Because if there’s one thing I know, it’s that marijuana is profitable and those profits can be used to do a lot.

What’s your dream job (Cannabis or non-Cannabis)?
I want to own a few farms and dispensaries starting out, then go into extraction … I want to own a little bit of everything. I actually want to take everything I learned from my time in the industry up here and try to do the same things in my home state when they legalize it. And trust me, they will!

What would you do differently than Oregon businesses?
I really like the way Oregon lets you see and smell the marijuana, so I’d keep that the same. But I would try to push for being able to consume in shops – a try-before-you-buy kind of deal. I think that would be great for business

Just for fun: If your life had a soundtrack, what song would be the theme?
That’s a tough one! It’s a toss-up between two: ‘Word 4 Word’ by Moneybagg Yo or ‘Watch Out’ by Sauce Walka.

Photos by @terpodactyl_media

This article was originally published in the November 2022 issue of Oregon Leaf.

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