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Budtender of the Month: Sim Wilson

“The degree of how hard you work relates to how successful you’ll be.”

When they aren’t parenting their two cats, Betsy and Bongo, Sim Wilson and his girlfriend love getting high and going for bike rides in the woods and taking long walks. He’s a big believer in being a good person who always tries his best, and feels very fortunate to have a caring, loving family. Follow him on Instagram @simwilson_24.

What’s the story about your cool name?
I’m named after my grandpa. His full name was Simeon.

How do you like living in Central Washington – is it where you think you’ll permanently post up, or do you have a wanderlust to explore the world?
I enjoy Washington a lot, it’s got a good mix of everything. I’ve also spent a lot of summers in Alaska. I’ve done commercial fishing in Bristol Bay since I was 12 years old. And I’ve been to Mexico, so I like a balance of being grounded, but also getting out. 

What is it that attracts you to the fishing industry?
There’s nothing else like it. You’re out there on the water doing your thing, and the degree of how hard you work relates to how successful you’ll be. So, I can appreciate that you can apply a ton of effort and the money is relative. There aren’t many jobs where you can do that. 

Do you like being outdoors?
I like being outside and the ruralness of Alaska. There aren’t a lot of distractions there; there’s little internet service, so you’re taken out of the frantic world, which is a nice departure. It’s enjoyable to just be with yourself to reflect. 

What is it that allows you to identify what will work for people when budtending?
I like getting into genetics – going back to the lineages to learn how the high is gonna hit and how hard it will hit. 

Did you ever smoke out on the boat?
Yes. It was a great way to pass the time. 

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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 June 2024 issue of Northwest Leaf.

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