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Budtender of the Month: Christina Leithead

I love to smile. We need more of it.

A commercial fisherman and a schoolteacher raised this native of Kodiak. At the age of nine, she started playing alto sax and eventually evolved from classical and concert scores to jazz, musical theater and unorthodox pieces. You might find her belting out songs at your local karaoke establishment tonight! @ak.leafhead

You come from a family of commercial fishermen, that’s very Alaskan.
Yeah, my grandfather did it for about seven years – but my dad and my uncle spent about 30 years in the industry. My uncle has passed and his name was written up in the Salty Dog, the Memorial in Homer, and Kodiak. 

How did you get into budtending?
In Kodiak, Cannabis wasn’t as accessible. So at the age of 21, I jumped in and applied at Uncle Herbs when I relocated to Anchorage. 

How does it feel to have the biggest smile in the industry? You should win an award for it!
Aww, thank you. I definitely get that comment a lot. It paid off that I had braces for so long. And I love to smile. We need more of it. ‘You’re never truly dressed without a smile’ – that’s a line from the musical ‘Annie.’

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Well, I have a doppelganger dog named Timber, a Siberian Husky, and we love to explore the Alaskan outdoors. When I’m not with him, my passion is performing music – and now I take my skills to the public and perform as Cinna Marie, as well as working on events for artists and vendors as a coordinator. Also, of course, I love reviewing great Alaskan Cannabis products. 

Who had the most fun out of anyone at the 2023 Alaska Leaf Bowl?

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 November 2023 issue of Alaska Leaf.

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