Is the Case of the Rotating Budtender an Industry Issue?

If you are loyal to a budtender in your area, will you follow them no matter where they work? And as long as you can still get high, does it matter?



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Imagine living in a relatively small town that, despite its wholesome vibes, has a handful of dispensaries all within a 10-mile radius. You’ve become a regular at one of the shops close to your home, but one night you didn’t plan ahead of time and realize that you’re out of materials after that shop has closed. Thankfully, another dispensary is still open and you zoom over there to see what they have available. Lo and behold, your favorite budtender from your usual joint is behind the counter, telling you that she just changed jobs!

While it’s incredibly common for people to jump from company to company within the same industry, it has to make you wonder if doing this in the cannabis world is concerning. After all, shops are pretty similar and store managers are basically hiring the competition, right?

Trade Secrets

If you work in a fast food establishment and then quit to go work across the street, there’s a good chance that you won’t be selling the exact same type of food. Fountain drinks and fries aside, no one is really worried that you’re sharing the famous fried chicken recipe with anyone at your new pizza job.

While this same logic can be applied to a range of retail type of establishments, can the same thought process be used for budtenders and cannabis dispensaries? What if one shop has specific marketing strategies that they employ and those secrets go right along with the employee to the competitor’s ears?

Industry Standards

When you break it down, selling weed isn’t overly complex, but there are very specific regulations that must be followed no matter where you work. Compliance is king in the cannabis world, so making sure you run the appropriate reports and sell product according to your state’s limits will be required at any shop.

The thing that really sets dispensaries apart isn’t the way they ring up a sale, but rather the customer service they provide and the awesome product selection available. If a hot selling edible does well at shop A when that budtender moves to shop B, don’t you think they’ll recommend that they start stocking it there?

The Bottom Line

If you’re not a dispensary owner, you might be wondering why you should care about what we call “rotating budtenders.” Yet as a cannabis consumer, your money speaks volumes in terms of purchasing power. If you are loyal to a specific budtender in your area, will you follow them no matter where they work? Or, is overall shop loyalty more important beyond the faces you see every time you visit?

Take some time to think about your own priorities when it comes to buying weed and just for fun, keep your eyes peeled to see if the shops in your town start to slowly mirror each other. If they suddenly offer the same types of products, advertise in the same manner, and are even open during the exact same hours, you might attribute those changes to a rotating budtender or two.

But hey, as long as you can still get high, does it matter?

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Network in Paradise at the CanEx Jamaica Business Conference & Expo



CanEx Jamaica
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According to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc, the global legal cannabis market is expected to reach USD 66.3 billion by the end of 2025. Helped in part by the increasing acceptance of cannabis to treat numerous medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, cancer, arthritis, and neurological disorders, along with the lucrative revenue created by legal cannabis sales, there has never been a more crucial time for entrepreneurs and businesses to network and expand their businesses on a global scale.

As one of the leaders in international business-to-business (B2B) events, the CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo brings together top cannabis industry experts from around the globe including the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean.

Taking place September 26-28 at the Montego Bay Convention Center, in beautiful Montego Bay, the fourth annual CanEx Jamaica Business Conference & Expo features addresses, panel discussions and presentations on a variety of topics — from advocacy, cultivation, science and medicine to investment, banking and finance, and the business of cannabis including women entrepreneurship.

Over 70 world-class speakers and panelists will provide insights into the direction of the global cannabis industry to over 3,000 delegates.

Steve DeAngelo, founder of Harboride dispensary and the Last Prisoner Project, is speaking on two panels — “Post Decriminalization of Cannabis: Towards Restorative Justice” and “Strategic Approaches to Cannabis Investments” to how the investment landscape is evolving.

Bruce Linton, founder of Canopy Growth Corp, the first cannabis producing company in North America to be listed on a major stock exchange, will host a fireside chat with CanEx founder, Douglas K. Gordon.

Former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, will host “The Global Cannabis Movement” that will explore what globalization means in practical terms for the industry, where things stand presently and the future of the global market.

Cam Battley, Chief Corporate Officer of Aurora Cannabis Inc., will be speaking on the panel “CEO Roundtable: Roadmap to Sustainable Profitability for the Industry” to discuss the global challenges and opportunities facing the cannabis Industry.

Plus, over 200 exhibitors and sponsors, from cultivators to investment firms and media experts will provide attendees opportunities for networking, business expansion and identify new areas of growth within the legal industry.

Held for the first time in 2016, CanEx Jamaica is responsible for connecting cannabis experts, researchers, business professionals, creating new strategic partnerships in a truly memorable and vibrant setting.

For more information, visit canexjamaica.com.

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After 25 Years, Supreme Closes Iconic Lafayette Store



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In a move that has shocked through the streetwear community, Supreme has closed its original space on Lafayette after 25 years of business.

Back in February, the brand announced that its famous Lafayette location would be under renovation. Now, due to the unforeseen closure, the 190 Bowery location in Manhattan will now be the brand’s main location in the Big Apple.


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Off the Record, It’s National Expungement Week



National Expungement Week

“Would you like to know an absolutely crazy fact? There are 77 million people in the United States who have a criminal record.” This crazy statistic that instantly grabs your attention is how Seth Rogen opens the PSA for National Expungement Week.

Rogen also asks, “What does ‘expungement’ mean?” ‘On the record’, expungement means, clearing or sealing the record of a person’s prior arrest, criminal charges or conviction.

That’s a possibility for some of the 77 million people with criminal records — a large amount being minor offenses — which make up nearly a quarter of the population of the United States. Having a criminal record seriously impedes the ability to live for millions of people. It restricts access to jobs, housing, education, and the right to vote.

National Expungement Week aka N.E.W. is the initiative of Cage-Free Repair (the non-profit section of Cage-Free Cannabis) Cannabis and Equity First Alliance.

Cage-Free Cannabis is rooted in three kinds of justice, from reparative, to economic and environmental. Equity First Alliance works to bring reparative justice to, and be a voice for, those who have been most harmed by the War on Drugs.

The initiative will see over 40 events held in 30 cities, which will host workshops, allowing people to meet with lawyers and experts who can help them clear records, from September 21-28.

Among other company’s and businesses, N.E.W. is supported by Houseplant, the cannabis company launched by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, in the hopes of exposing the social injustices associated with cannabis convictions.

With 18 events in 15 cities that helped nearly 300 people begin the process of changing their records, the inaugural National Expungement Week in 2018 was clearly a success and led to the initiative returning this year.

If you’re interested in clearing your record or helping someone else do the same, you can find further information — including the dates and details of specific events — on the official site of N.E.W.; offtherecord.us.

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