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Alaska’s Rapping Budtender

“I’ll always have that memory of going to Grandma’s house and recognizing that it smelled a certain way."

Justen’s proudest creation is his son Kaydence, which he considers the best aspect of his life. He feels that “stoner” parents get a bad rap and he loves proving that stereotype wrong. He loves music and has been a part of the Anchorage hip-hop scene as JBeLoud for a minute, and aspires to one day have his own Cannabis business that is combined with his passion for positive notes.

You have really deep, Barry White pipes. Is that genetic or have you been training your beautiful voice?

It runs in the family. My dad and brother both have deep voices, so it’s definitely genetic.

How Deep Is Your Love for Cannabis? Sorry about all the music references, but you gotta love that ‘70s vibe.

Indeed. I believe I go deeper than most, as I consider myself a Cannabis aficionado and I try to purvey that in my work as a budtender in the industry.

Was Cannabis around your family when you were growing up?

It’s been around as long as I’ve been around. My mom and dad were big stoners. I’ll always have that memory of going to Grandma’s house and recognizing that it smelled a certain way. Then, when I got older, I realized, ‘Oh, that’s what that smell was.’

What are you smoking on currently?

All types of flower. We just had a cultivator called A Cut Above and they had a strain, Bayou Sunset, which is Sativa – the flavor and high knocked my socks off.  I always love Tanana Herb Company from God’s Gift to Colorado Chem, and we’ve got an up-and-coming cultivator here called Scorpion Grass who grows a lot of great stuff. One of my favorites right now is Ice Cream Cake. I’m an Indica guy mainly. 

Being a native Alaskan, do you love snow?

I actually don’t. I’m not a lover of the cold. I do enjoy snowmobiling, but other than that, I am not a winter person and would prefer to live somewhere that it only snows a little bit, for a short period of time. 

So, is it safe to say you’re not a kindred spirit with Olaf the Snowman from the “Frozen” movies?

Definitely not. 

Would you torch that dude if you saw him?

You know what, I’m a friendly guy. I wouldn’t do that unless he tried to freeze me. 

Photos by @shipeshots

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 January 2021 issue of Alaska Leaf.

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