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Budtender of the Month: Joey Carper

“I’m definitely laying down roots.”

He loves living the small-town life where he can focus on the four Cs: curiosity, creativity, Cannabis and coffee. Composing music and following his favorite sports teams are often how he spends his free time when away from the company he loves budtending for, which he proudly boasts is based on “integrity, community and overall good vibes.” Follow him on Instagram: @joeycarper.

What’s happening in the upper right corner of the state these days?
I’m living on a big piece of family property. We’ve got 640 acres, and I’m building my own little cabin to live in. 

Are you growing any outdoor weed? 
Yeah, I just got my first four plants in the garden since moving to Washington. I was born in Seattle but raised in northeast Oregon since the age of nine. Now that I’ve been here in northeast Washington, I’m definitely laying down roots. 

You’re a musician at heart. What’s your instrument of choice?
I started out as a drummer, which is still my main instrument in the bands I play in, but I am a songwriter and play guitar and other instruments, and also have my own project studio. 

How tough is it to get a group of guys together for a jam in little ol’ Valley, Washington?
Well, there are just over 120 people in this town, so it isn’t easy. Back in Oregon, I’ve got a couple of bands. The main group I play with is called Rut Nut. We’re a power trio playing all original funk-rock. 

If you had the choice to open for any band in the world, who would it be?
I really enjoy sharing the stage with lesser-known artists, but as far as someone with name recognition, I’d have to say Carlos Santana.

If you were to share Cannabis around a campfire with Carlos, would you smoke a joint or dab him out?
It would definitely have to be a joint. 

Not a hash hole?
Hash holes are nice, but I would want to remember that conversation. (Laughs)

Photos by @artbykems

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 July 2024 issue of Northwest Leaf.

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