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Budtender of the Month: Teho Stanley

Moving here across the country was a risk, but now I haven’t felt so put together in my life because of this plant.

The eldest of four children, he grew up in a musically talented family in South Carolina before relocating to Philadelphia. Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, he gravitated to the trumpet and spent his formative years playing in school bands. Music is his love language, which has always brought him peace. (Follow him on IG @tehostanley.)

How did you end up in the Pacific Northwest?
I came here on a leap of faith four years ago with my cousin who got stationed in Bremerton with the Navy. At the time, I was doing my own thing – so I did a little research and learned that this was officially the first state to legalize Cannabis, and it made sense for me to explore getting into the industry.

What role did Cannabis play in your life growing up?
I never wanted to rely on prescription drugs, so I gravitated to it to relieve stress, or any type of depression I had. I just wasn’t ever that kind of guy looking for those types of highs.

Tell us about your relationship with Cannabis.
I feel like it invited me. Growing up with music and movies, I recognized the creative influence it could have on me as an artist. I smoke to find inspiration. I’ll smoke sativa flower to get me going, or a dab to get focused on writing. I love how it gives me a nice groove to get the music flowing.

How does the vibe at The Reef differ from other retail organizations in the state?
It’s all about family at The Reef. Everybody gets along, we love coming to work. Some of my coworkers like Angel, Jasmin, De’Armon and Madi – we have a passion for Cannabis and we love helping people out. Weed brings us all together and I feel like that’s our common denominator.  

What music are you listening to right now?
I’m listening to Kid Cudi, his new album ‘Insano’ – it’s bringing back some old sounds. 

Kid Cudi is an unconventional artist. When I listen to his music I think of jazz. You never know what direction it’s gonna go, but it’s cohesive. Do you feel like Cannabis brings all this craziness to completion?
Definitely. Moving here across the country was a risk, but now I haven’t felt so put together in my life because of this plant. It’s just a great vibe for me. I’m doing really good right now. 

Photos by @bermanphotos

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 February 2024 issue of Northwest Leaf.

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