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Budtender of the Month: Dugan Garity

When people leave happy and they want to give you a hug, it’s pretty special.

This 40-year-old Cannabis lifer lives out in the sticks for the sole purpose of enjoying space for his family to spread their butterfly wings. This includes two daughters and a wife who is an amazing baker and shares in his joy of the outdoors. In his spare time, the nerd comes out to play RPGs and fighting games.

Where did the name Cutie Judy come from?
So, our owner Dave Anderson wanted to honor his mother and she was all about it – as long as she got a t-shirt to wear down in New Mexico (laughs).

Is this your first budtending gig?
No, I spent a year at 420 Elma … and the difference in culture is huge. They had a corporate environment where they push you to move people through the door as fast as possible. With us, it’s just about getting people what they need. Sure, some people are coming in just to get stoned – but there are also those who are looking for education with the intention of easing some of their ailments and getting off prescription meds. We love to give them the attention they need and deserve. 

Out of all the jobs you’ve had, how does budtending compare?
There’s nothing more rewarding than this. It doesn’t even feel like work. I look forward to going every day so I can see my people, ya know? Sometimes it’s the only time you can see a smile on people. When they leave happy and they want to give you a hug, it’s pretty special. 

What was it like growing up in Aberdeen?
Boring (laughs). It’s a great small-town feel, everyone pretty much knows everyone – but you miss the diversity. 
If you could use Cannabis with Kurt Cobain, would it be a joint, a bowl, a dab, or an edible?
I would definitely smoke a joint with him under the bridge on the muddy banks of the Wishkah. My grandparents live a few blocks from there, so I’ve personally smoked a few J’s there.

Photos by @bermanphotos

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 September 2023 issue of Northwest Leaf.

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