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Budtender of the Month: Rochelle Teegarden

"I worked in the healthcare industry, and I would never go back."

She’s a devoted wife and cat mom who loves spending time with friends and family. There’s never a missed opportunity for sharing a good hug with someone important and a reminder that she loves them – we all need that! Life is all about laughing and loving for her, with eternal hope for humanity. (@TeegardenRochelle)

You’ve been in the Cannabis industry for seven years and have spent the entire time with the same owner. How important is it to be friends with the people you work with?
It’s very important to me. I feel like working in this industry is more than just selling weed. It’s about caring and wanting to help people. And if you have owners that understand that it’s a passion and not just a job, and you see them as friends, you put more thought and care into how you approach what you do – because I believe you should never treat your friends like shit. It’s a family … it’s a team. 

What did you do before you got into Cannabis, and will you ever go back?
I worked in the healthcare industry, and I would never go back. I loved being a nurse and I loved helping people, but I did not love seeing the side effects of the prescriptions. I find joy in knowing that folks won’t be harmed by the medicine.  

Where do you see yourself headed? Do you intend to budtend for another 30 years and head off into the sunset?
Yeah, honestly, I love my position. I don’t work because I have to, I work because I love to. I was disabled by back surgery and I had to learn to walk again. I was told to stay home for the rest of my life, and that didn’t suit me. So, I do this job because I love it and I get to work with great people – my friends. (giggles)

Now that you can walk again, what is your preferred way to use those legs?
Skating. I love skating. I skate roller derby, and the thing I wanted to do most when I could walk again was to skate. I will skate forever. 

Are you currently busting ladies in the chops with your elbows with a particular roller derby organization?
Ha! I’m currently skating with Dockyard Derby Dames in Tacoma!

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 2023 issue of Northwest Leaf.

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