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Budtender of the Month: Kiara Adamski

Olympia is a very connected community.

The great outdoors has always been one of her favorite places to reflect. She loves to listen to music and create hip hop, which allows her to loosen up and dance like no one’s watching. It’s all about surrounding herself with friends and making memories for this California native. (Follow Kiara @kiaraadamski)

Do you want to spend the rest of your life in the weed biz?
I do, it’s a great industry to be in. There are always different ways to improve yourself and benefit from Cannabis. I love the fact that you’re always meeting new people and discovering new products. It’s just a great place to make a living. 

If there is a lifelong career in Cannabis, where do you ultimately see yourself as a part of it?
I really love budtending – learning about and focusing on the brands. I feel like if I got all caught up in the operating and ownership aspect of it, I would get distracted from my favorite element which is connecting with the customers and products. I appreciate the position I’m in now and have no desire to change it.

Budtender for life?
Yeah! (giggles)

You grew up in California. What is it about the Pacific Northwest that keeps you here?
I like the coast a lot – we get a little bit of everything in this little corner of the country. Olympia is a very connected community – the people here understand each other better than they do in California, in my opinion. I feel like everyone here respects nature as well as each other, and it’s a clean, friendly place to be. 

You’re really into making music. Who are you into right now?
Dr. Dre, especially on sunny days when I’ve gotta roll the windows of the car down to get some wind in my hair. I just love his beats. 

Did you know what ‘The Chronic’ meant when you first heard the album?
No, no … that came later in life (laughs). It wasn’t until I was 18 or 19 when I made the connection that he was referring to weed. Chronic isn’t a word that is really used anymore. 

What’s the name of your first album?
They would be sequences of an overall concept called The Articles. And the first one would be ‘The Articles: Kiara’s Kush.’ 

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 May 2024 issue of Northwest Leaf.

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