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Link Cannabis Company’s Ryan Ricketts

Music is my coffee. If it’s not the right tune, I’m not in the right mood.

A Longview original, much of Ryan’s time is spent playing guitar, drums and DJ-ing. Outside of his jamming, his passion lately has been meeting new people from different parts of the world to get a glimpse into their culture.

What music have you been playing in the shop lately?
When people enter through the door, we can assume that they’re stoned – so we try to keep the vibe geared around old-school hip hop, modern alternative and rock music. However, I’d say that mostly we’ve got trap going because after all, we are selling drugs. (laughs)

Understood. Every budtender has their style behind the counter. Does your love of melody help you get into your unique rhythm?
100 percent. Music is my coffee. If it’s not the right tune, I’m not in the right mood. But if the right vibes are playing, I can go all day.

Have you ever suggested a specific Cannabis strain based on the perception of what a person’s musical tastes might be?
Yes, a lot of times I will when someone comments on the music being played in the store or wants to discuss a particular type of music. This can give me an idea if they want something trippy, relaxing or energetic, and that really helps.

What strain do you like when you’re playing?
GMO. It gets me super giggly with a body high, but I don’t pass out on it. Stinky is the name of the game for me.

Did you guys ever get kicked out of a party when you were playing in a band in high school?
Yeah, we did a gig once for a 5k run and they asked us to play near the start/finish line, which was located by an elementary school. We decided to turn the volume up a little to get people pumped and they ended up turning our gear down.

If you could jump up on stage to play with any musician, who would it be?
Tame Impala. Kevin Parker is my guy. He’s a musical magician. I just think his sound is the most interesting, psychedelic I’ve ever heard. In my opinion, he is the modern equivalent to Pink Floyd.

Shop: The Link Cannabis Company

Address: 2213 46TH Ave. Longview, WA

Hours: 8AM-11:45PM Daily

Photos by @fwold_photography

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 2022 issue of Northwest Leaf.

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