What inspired you to get into the Cannabis industry?
I’ve used cannabis for most of my life. To me, it’s a wonderful way to build connections with other people. Whether that’s smoking with a group of friends and family, or just using cannabis to remain thoughtful and compassionate. My background is primarily in retail, so it seemed like a perfect fit to pursue cannabis retail. Once I started as a budtender with The Novel Tree - I realized how important and valuable the connection between consumers and budtenders can be.
Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? How do apply these values day-to-day?
Suzanne. She is inspiring in her attitude towards life, her compassion for people, and her tireless work ethic. When she was interviewing for a position several years ago- she told me that she was using three words as her guiding principles. Those words were consistent, compassionate, and constructive. The three C’s. I still use these words as a guide when making decisions and providing leadership.
What makes The Novel Tree special?
Our team. We are a group of people who care about each other and the world- and that shows in our work together and the service we provide to guests.
What is the biggest challenge you face today?
Balancing work and family! I love my work, and I love my family- and it can be challenging to make sure they get the proper amount of love 😊
Where do you think/hope the industry will be in 3-5 years?
I hope that more states will move to legalizing recreational cannabis use. I hope that it will also be decriminalized nationwide. I hope that the industry in Washington state will continue to maintain high standards for producer/processors and that consumers will be able to access what they need for medical and recreational use. I also have a vision/dream that psychologists will use cannabis in their practices to support patients.
How do you encourage creative thinking within The Novel Tree?
I think that providing freedom and encouragement allows people the space to feel creative. There are far too many people in this world that believe they aren’t creative- but humans are creative by nature. Whether that’s creating art, problem solving, or innovating- it all requires creativity. To me, it’s all about creating that space and taking the pressure out of it.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CANNABIS PRODUCT?
My favorite is Secret Gardens of Washington's Crouching Tiger Hidden Alien.