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Budtender of the Month: Ali Freeman

Trying to project positivity is important.

A journey in the Cannabis world has been a dream job for this thrift shopper who’s always looking for cool toys to add to the collection. She and her partner Brandon are cat parents to Mozzy, who relaxes on weekends while the two are playing Magic: The Gathering, trying new cooking recipes or catching fun episodes of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” (@bashfulhufflepuff)

Ali, congratulations on this recognition for being an awesome budtender!
I’m so excited! It’s kind of crazy – I was not expecting something like this. 

You do good things in life and good things come back to you, right?

How much do you subscribe to that way of thinking? That the laws of positive attraction are real…
A lot, actually. I try to keep my thoughts as positive as possible. I do think that the things you say directly affect how your life plays out. Whether you’re aware of it or not, your intentions lead to results, and your chances for a favorable result pretty much depend on your mindset. 

Your positivity shines, which makes you the perfect choice to be Northwest Leaf’s featured budtender. How does that positive personality extend outside of Dank’s?
Times are tough right now, but when you remind yourself to be grateful for the things you have, it really makes a difference. I generally seek out reasons to be thankful in my everyday life, as well as my career … it does help a lot. 

You say times are tough. Why do you feel that way?
I just feel like there’s a lot of negativity and divisiveness in the world right now. And trying to project positivity is important. 

What do you think is the easiest way to do that on a global level?
Legalize Cannabis. There’s a lot to be said about being able to clear your mindset of the stresses, and Cannabis helps us do that.  

If you could burn with any leader in the world, who would it be?
I would throw a sesh at a United Nations Summit. I feel like getting some of the world’s leaders stoned would have the most impact.

Photos by @jesscphotography

About Mike Ricker

The first time Ricker smoked weed was at a Santana concert at the age of 12. He then followed in his footsteps as an award-winning radio personality who became notorious for offering a stage for bong toking listeners in 9 different markets over 20 years. In 2016, the Cannabis industry came calling and the rest is history.

This article was originally published in the October 2023 issue of Northwest Leaf.

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