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Budtender of the Month: Michael Proctor

I try to find a way to help people out by talking to them during their visit and connecting with them.

Photo by @markdragonphotography

Michael is an Ellicott City native who believes Cannabis should be a part of a modern, productive lifestyle – breaking the stigma by showing people that being proud of using the plant is nothing to hide. 

Did you work in any other industries before the Cannabis industry?
I just worked in retail and customer service before this. That taught me how to communicate with people on a daily basis. I also studied psychology at Towson University, which is how I learned to connect with people when they’re having a rough day. I try to find a way to help them out by talking to them during their visit.

What is one thing you would change about the Maryland Cannabis market?
There is an adjustment period we are going through right now with recreational Cannabis. I’d like to see more opportunities for diverse people to be able to call the shots. Diverse people should be able to make more strides in this business. It is very much a straight white man dominated industry. With what other states have been able to do including micro-grow licenses and more, I feel like there is more we can be doing to be inclusive.

In a zombie apocalypse, what would be your weapon of choice?
Probably a bow and arrow, or a crossbow – I want to keep distance between me and the zombies, and be able to do my own thing.

If money wasn’t an issue, what would you do every day?
I would try to go somewhere new as much as possible, and see as much of the world as I possibly could. I have never been out of the country and barely have left the East Coast, so I’d like to experience the world. The first place I would go would be the mountains in Canada, or somewhere overseas like Thailand.

What gets your creative juices flowing?
Definitely Cannabis, but mostly being out in nature and being able to think without any outside interruptions. After talking to people at work all day, it can be nice to separate my mind and connect with myself mentally. I live right by the reservoir, so I am constantly trying to find new trails and get out on hikes.

What qualities do you admire most about yourself?
Being able to communicate with anybody and find some way to have common ground. With Cannabis we are all here for a reason, and especially people that work here at Chesacanna. We have a fantastic perspective as to how Cannabis can be used to better your life. Being surrounded by people that also see the benefit in similar ways has helped me to succeed. I can also be reserved sometimes, but I think I have a lot more creative elements and ideas to add to conversation. 

What is your favorite way to consume Cannabis?
Definitely flower. Edibles don’t actually work for me. I have eaten an entire bag of 40mg gummies … it did nothing. I took an entire gram of RSO and put it on an Eggo waffle, which also did nothing for me. My favorite flowers would be Sunset Octane from Evermore, Guava Lava from Culta, and Compound Z from Strane.

About Wyatt Early

Wyatt is a Maryland native, stoner by nature, obsessor of hash rosin. After getting his start in the printing industry with a family company, he took on the role as state director for Maryland Leaf, and frequently contributes to the magazine with photos and articles.

This article was originally published in the October 2023 issue of Maryland Leaf.

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