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Budtender of the Month: Raequel London

I shine everywhere I go.

This breast cancer thriver is the proud mother of a beautiful high school honor student who plans to play lacrosse at Howard University. In 2018, she became a certified Cannabis consultant and recently earned accreditation to become an ADAPT Functional Health and Wellness Coach (@coachraequel).

What did you do before embarking on your Cannabis journey?
I retired from school teaching after being diagnosed with breast cancer. I taught from preschool all the way through the sixth grade. 

So, you dealt with a life-changing event?
Yes, my mother was 46 when she passed – so I did my research and learned that I was genetically susceptible, and at 25 began having regular mammograms. Cancer is prevalent in my family. I had a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy, which improved my perspective on life. Now it’s been 10 years since the diagnosis.

How do you feel today?
I feel fabulous, thank you. 

You take that energy into the Cannabis industry and empower women who haven’t discovered the power of the plant, don’t you?
Absolutely. The opportunity to share my story and my journey allows me to coach women interested in adding Cannabis to their treatment. 

Your shop is only blocks from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. When is your star going to be enshrined on that sidewalk?
That’s a great question, because it doesn’t have to be on the Hollywood Walk of Fame only – because I shine everywhere I go. And that is a part of the gratitude I feel when I walk in with my amazing husband. I remember that cancer diagnosis … I had to adopt positivity to know that I would claim victory over the situation and continue to be here for my friends and family. 

What is next for your amazingness?
Curating Cannabis products for the community, our clients and our customers, so they can learn how the mother of all herbs can provide them some benefit. That is my mission. 

If you could climb any mountain, which one would it be?
Mt Shasta. I’m originally from Seattle, and we would always drive down to California to visit cousins. When I learned about the sacredness of Mt. Shasta, it became my favorite mountain. 

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 November 2023 issue of California Leaf.

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