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Budtender of the Month: Mary Lundgren

Between the plant and regular yoga, I’ve become the best version of myself.

You’ll often find her disappearing into quality music like classical, reggae, hip hop and grunge. She’s an animal lover who loves road tripping, and has made studying the metaphysical a part of her daily life for over 20 years. 

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Minnesota and I’ve been in Seattle for about 10 years … budtending for just under three years. 

Were you in the biz in the Midwest?
My previous Cannabis experience wasn’t quite as legal as it is here. I was hustling to a degree, but always had an interest in working in the legal market – so I followed my heart (and a man) to the West Coast to explore my next phase of life. 

Why do you love Cannabis?
I grew up with two older sisters and they taught me to clean weed when I was 11 years old. Back then it was commercial brick bud – full of sticks and stems – and my curiosity led me further … it became my vibe as a young adult. In my 20s is when my hustle began. 

How do you approach Cannabis with your child?
I have been a single parent to my 20-year-old son since he was born, and I’ve been very open with him educationally with how it can help people with a variety of ailments. There was a time and place where I needed to change how my child perceived Cannabis, because we were moving to a legal state. I was using it medically and became a regular user, due to a back injury from an accident of falling down a flight of stairs. I didn’t want to turn to pain meds, so between the plant and regular yoga, I’ve become the best version of myself. And it was paramount for me to impart the message that it is medicine and is useful as such. 

The world has changed so much since you were 11 and cleaning weed for your sisters. Do you feel like we’ve improved as a society in our position towards the plant, or regressed?
That’s a tough one, I’m mixed. I think it’s better that children have access to better information – so there are positives that have come out of legalization. On the other hand, I think teenagers should wait. But there is always a time and place. And the cannabinoids can do so much good. So, because we have so many more resources now, I think society has a better opinion of it than back in the day.

If you could go back in time and give your 21-year-old self a piece of wisdom, what would it be?
Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams.

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 January 2024 issue of Northwest Leaf.

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