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Jessica Dickens Is Living the Dream as Budtender at The Green Shelf

After four years on the job as a budtender at The Green Shelf, Jessica still loves working in the cannabis industry.

Photo by Daniel Berman

The love of cooking is the secret recipe for happiness in Jessie’s life. And although she doesn’t consider herself on the level of a professional, she loves experimenting with different recipes and a wide variety of flavors. The same goes for her taste in music, with Doja Cat and Chance the Rapper being on the top of her personal chart. 

You spent time in the retail business prior to getting into Cannabis. Where did this go down?
At the Goodwill. 

Wow, a great place for some retail therapy.
Yeah, I was a cashier and that’s where I met Brittany, the owner of this shop. We got to know one another a little and then she poached me from there to bring me here, where I’ve been for four years. And she’s actually the one who recommended me for Northwest Leaf’s Budtender of the Month!

Are there some similarities to working here compared to the Goodwill?
Well, surprisingly the clientele here seems to be more diverse – like we have teachers, lawyers and doctors who buy Cannabis – and those are generally the ones who are donating to the Goodwill, not necessarily shopping there. I think the most important thing is that everyone feels comfortable no matter what social class you’re in. Some stores are showy and that can be overwhelming for some small town people, where we’re just low key like your friendly neighbor. 

What’s your dream job?
I’m having fun now, so I’m not too worried about what’s next. I feel that if everything is good, there’s no reason to fix it if it ain’t broke. I see how many people that Cannabis benefits and that gives me so much gratification, so I think I’ve got my dream job. 

Is social media important to you?
Yeah, it’s a hobby. I’m having fun being somewhat of a personality. 

They say that baby boomers believe everything they see on the news and millennials believe everything they see on social. Is that accurate?
Definitely not.

If Cannabis had an Instagram account, what would it be wearing in its profile pic?
Nothing. It would be naked.

The Green Shelf: 400 S Main St. Ellensburg, WA 98926

Photos by @NWLeaf

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 May 2021 issue of Northeast Leaf.

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