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From Nursing to Budtending With MEDCo’s Heather Meehan

“When Maine went legal, I had no reason to hide it – so I let my hippie flag fly.”

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Heather Meehan, a spectacular budtender at MEDCo in Lewiston, Maine. She’s very knowledgeable and personable – a deeply caring person with a warm, joyful giggle that makes you feel like you have known her your whole life.

Heather was a nurse in Emergency Medicine for 26 years before entering the Cannabis industry. “I’m a nurse through and through. Never on my watch did someone come into the ER over Cannabis. Many did because of alcohol and opiates though.”

“Nursing was my passion and it’s an amazing field, but it can wear on you. Even before the pandemic hit, I’d already been through the Bird Flu and the Ebola Virus scare. After 26 years of nursing, I was experiencing empathy fatigue and feeling burned out.”

Heather has enjoyed partaking in Cannabis during her off time since 1986, but still had to hide her consumption from her children while they were growing up. Now she can describe her first time dabbing with her daughter: “I took a few big bong rips and was 1987 high! I could feel the weight of corporate America falling off of me. I never thought it would ever be legal, let alone recreational!”

Heather Meehan started doing roller derby at age 46 and really appreciates spending time with the younger skaters. “When Maine went legal, I had no reason to hide it, so I let my hippie flag fly and took a course online at the Cannabis Training University and started working as a budtender in 2020.”

What kind of Cannabis do you enjoy and how?

I like stinky indicas, Orange Cheese, anything Cheese! I want the stress to just roll off my body. I love to feel it in my eyes and it makes me chatter away and smile! I like to smoke flower – sometimes sprinkling some sugar wax in a joint, and I use a PuffCo for concentrates.

What person would you most like to smoke with?

Bill Murray … he was my first crush in the 1970s!

Photos by @kindbud.photos

This article was originally published in the April 2022 issue of Northeast Leaf.

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