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Zack Vidal Finds a Home with Local Roots

"I really like what I do – I feel it’s the perfect fit."

Having been highly involved in baseball, volleyball, track and swimming growing up, he’s still a huge sports fan on the field and on the TV. He’s also into the outdoors with hiking and camping on the must-do list, but the ultimate goal is to one day catch that big professional break in acting and modeling. 

How did the Cannabis industry find you?
Well, I worked a number of jobs – both at Planet Fitness and Starbucks, then shortly after I worked at MOD Pizza. And then I thankfully found Local Roots. 

Do you feel like you’ve found your home now?
Yes, I really like what I do – I feel it’s the perfect fit. I already know many of the customers from Starbucks, so going from serving them coffee to their favorite strains has been a great transition. 

What makes you a perfect fit?
My knowledge is spot on as far as effect. I’ve been learning a lot of new information with CBD, CBG, CBN  and other cannabinoids. And I’m a charismatic person who enjoys making people feel comfortable through the trust that comes with confidently helping them. I’m a very energetic person and that gives them a level of comfortability. 

There’s obviously a lot of diversity behind Cannabis counters. Do you love that?
Yes, that’s what makes it more comfortable for most people who buy Cannabis, in my opinion. I’m proud of my sexuality. Sometimes I’ll go into work wearing a crop top and some long earrings, and often I’ll get people who compliment me. I also get a lot of questions about my sexuality, but it’s never anything demeaning or offensive – more curious, I think. I tell them that I’m pansexual, which many don’t know the meaning of. So, I get to break that down and inform them with a smile.

I understand you’re into MMA.
Yes, my friends and I do this thing in the park where we put gloves on, cheer for each other, have a referee, and go a couple rounds. We all have a history of martial arts. I’ve got a background in taekwondo and karate, and next I want to go into MMA. We do it about every five months. 

You need to initiate the first gay MMA league.
That would be sick!

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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 June 2022 issue of Northwest Leaf.

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