It’s 2018; we have 30 – out of 50 – states legal in some capacity. New Jersey and North Dakota are leaning towards it from the look of things. That, along with the midterm elections rolling in at full speed I’m allowing myself to be optimistic about the near future of cannabis. Cannabis is an ever-growing industry, and it will only get bigger from here. All those with big dreams about being a part of this rapidly expanding movement will soon be able to get their foot in the door in our industry. America is at the forefront of legal and medical cannabis, and I personally believe the Cannabis Revolution is going to help our planet, and our species so much.

If you look at history, the 1920s is well known for its roaring party scene and its prohibition of alcohol. But, by the end of the decade that ban was eradicated and speakeasies became a thing of the past. Bring us back to now: less than two years away from 2020. History is known to repeat itself, and I predict it will. So, at the turn of the decade lets party like we’re in The Great Gatsby and keep it lit because within the next ten years we will see the change in tides and our beloved plant will be accessible to all those who need it.

Cannabis Saved My Life 

If you can’t tell by my ramblings, I’m a little stoned. I rolled a fat cone full of Forbidden Fruit from Ripped City Gardens (Portland, Oregon.) A level 15.1% THC content, nothing that makes your eyes pop out of your head until you actually look at the flower. Cannabis speaks for itself, and this one sings. Forbidden Fruit is my favorite strain so far. It’s fruity, almost over-ripe strawberry scent with a citrusy smoke hits me like the Gospel. Hopefully, it’ll inspire my fingers to tickle the ivories, metaphorically speaking.

How did I get into this industry, well… cannabis nursed me into this lifestyle. Without it, I would be dead. I’m sure if you’re here reading this you understand and believe in the medicinal benefits of cannabis, and my story is just that. I battled cancer, lived with chronic pain, overcame addiction (something that’s routine thanks to necessary prescriptions for pain) and I strive to live an active, healthy lifestyle with the help of cannabis. From stimulating my appetite during chemotherapy to helping me calm myself during a panic attack – I have, and still routinely use cannabis to help with my chronic illness.

Access to legal cannabis, and a medical marijuana program, were two contributing factors that drove me to move to Portland, Oregon. Once I got here, I had a health scare. Finally, after two years of recovery I finally decided to get my feet wet. Because I’m disabled, finding work has always been a challenge for me; I’ve never really held down a steady job before. Budtending seemed like a logical choice. I didn’t have to worry about a drug test, I can be high at work without being paranoid, I get to be around weed all day. What more could a girl ask for?

Interviews are terrifying. No matter how cocksure you are, walking into an unfamiliar office and being drilled by a potential employer is stressful; even more so if you’re someone with anxiety. My boss was upfront, blunt, and honest while remaining welcoming and sincere. I was immediately at ease. I felt no shame or apprehension being candid with her. I told her about my knee, mental health, and my polyamorous marriage. Aside from curiosity she seemed unphased. The highpoint of the interview is when I showed her my Instagram page. She was so excited and impressed and it made me so proud of myself. Our interview was a few days before 4/20 so it took it a little while before I heard back from them, but once I did, the job was mine.

Helping Others Through Cannabis Knowledge

Ever since then I have felt more motivated and productive than I have. I’m helping people medicate themselves. I feel a very strong sense of responsibility to my customers and because of that I try to fill enough of my time I can spare to research and educating myself about the ins and outs of my favorite plant.

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