Last fall, the highest Budtenders from across the nation set their eyes on Las Vegas for the Inaugural 2019 Budtender Awards. The award present praised Lady Mary Jane and all the lovely individuals working with hashish to not solely educate the world about hashish however present appreciation for the artwork.
The present acknowledged the highest expertise within the hashish business from across the nation. It was jam-packed with the highest manufacturers and firms like Cannapaid™, Cloverleaf University, Lowell Farms, Planet13, Skinny Weed, and Guild Extracts. If we are able to say ourselves, the present was lit.
The Budtender awards had been held at Mandalay Bay’s Light Night timeClub on October 12, 2019 and featured bass busting performances by Cypress Hill. Hosts Rachel “Wolfie” Wolfson and Modest Jones took the present to a different stage, holding the viewers laughing and engaged by means of the night time.
Budtender Awards 2020
A sold-out Budtender Awards 2020 was within the making. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the present’s creators lately introduced that G4 Live & Budtender Awards might be postponed.
According to the present, they’re seeking to reschedule it to occur someday in early 2021. The present creators say they’re making this transfer to guard those that can be attending the autumn awards present or working the occasion.
You can nonetheless nominate your favourite budtenders by following this link. and you may join this the budtender awards newsletter to remain up to date on once they announce an official date for the 2021 present.
As new particulars come up concerning Budtender Awards 2021, MJP will you’ll want to maintain you posted. Until then we sit up for asserting the most recent winners.
Here at Mary Jane Post, we know how much fun you guys had last year, so we wanted to take a trip down memory lane and highlight some of your favorite 2019 Budtenders from the impressive list of final 12 months’s winners.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Rocky Hernandez, Jazziymn West, and Zulema Lino previous winners of the primary Budtender Awards in Las Vegas. Let see what they needed to say….
Rocky Hernandez, WINNER: Medallion Award
When it involves weed, Rocky Hernandez is aware of her stuff. When it involves the group, Hernandez is the primary to step as much as get issues performed. That’s why this Las Vegas budtender received the Medallion Award. It’s given to those that go the additional mile to provide again to the group, placing others first by taking motion to repair a neighborhood downside.
While Hernandez works at one of many largest dispensaries within the nation, her begin was somewhat…properly rocky.
Hernandez moved to Las Vegas simply over three years in the past and began searching for an open door within the hashish business. While she had a formidable background in gross sales administration, she had no skilled hashish expertise which made getting her foot within the door a reasonably robust.
Hernandez was turned away many instances however she remained constant. She lastly landed a job as a part-time budtender for a small dispensary and now works for one of many largest dispensaries within the nation.
We requested Hernandez some questions on her success after successful the award and her ideas in regards to the 2020 present.
MJP- What was it prefer to be nominated for the Budtender Awards? In what methods has this award helped you inside your profession or typically?
HERNANDEZ- Winning the award was a dream come true, since then I’ve been engaged on a Budtender Podcast with a fellow Budtender that might be airing in April 2020, in March 2020.
I might be a visitor speaker at Budtender Fight Club, I’m nominated for some BTA “Your Choice” awards and a 2020 Las Vegas Cannabis Award within the class of “Female Entrepreneur of the year”, and I’m now a brand new member of Women Grow and Nevada NORML.
My profession within the business has modified since I received a BTA and would extremely suggest any and all budtenders throughout the US to get entangled. It is actually life-changing.
MJP – What are your present ideas on developments throughout the business?
HERNANDEZ – Now that we’re seeing a rise of leisure states, we’re additionally seeing much more variety of multicultural enterprise house owners, and cultivation consultants within the business, it’s a game-changer for me being a Hispanic LGBT girl within the hashish business.
We have additionally seen a constructive political shift within the outlook of hashish laws, hopefully making it integral to legalize hashish and to make it attainable for everybody to acquire hashish throughout all 50 US States by 2022. The way forward for hashish is wanting an entire lot brighter!
Hernandez says she is stunned and grateful for the way a lot publicity she’s gotten for the reason that award present together with invitations to podcasts, visitor talking, and a wide range of business occasions. She has been featured in a number of publications together with Business Insider, and Cannabis Dispensary Mag. Make certain to maintain a watch out for Hernandez throughout BTA 2020!
Jazziymn West WINNER: In the Arts Award
Jazziymn West, reps Cali Kush, and she or he doesn’t accept the naked minimal on the subject of budtending. The San Bernardino, CA budtender takes her work at Captain Jacks to the subsequent stage. West has a ardour for creating and her ardour mixed along with her weed abilities landed her the In the Arts Award.
West stays true to her final identify, repping all issues westside together with hashish. West acquired her begin in 2013. With no hashish expertise and quite a lot of ardour, West reached out to a pal that owned a dispensary in Riverside, CA referred to as “Cali Grown” in hopes to get her foot within the door.
Her drive, persistence, accountability and background in retail helped her land her first position. Since then, her profession has continued to develop. Mary Jane Post spoke with West to get her ideas about success after successful awards and her ideas in regards to the 2020 present.
MJP- How does it really feel being one of many first people ever to win a Budtender award?
WEST- Words can’t specific how privileged I really feel to be one of many first to obtain such an incredible honor. For a few years I used to be not all the time forthcoming about what I did for a residing out of concern of being judged.
Being in a position to be publicly celebrated by receiving this award has actually introduced me immense pleasure. I really feel as if I didn’t solely win the award for myself however for all those that have come earlier than me that fought for hashish to be revered for what it may well actually do.
I received the award for all of the those that had been and nonetheless are incarcerated for possessing such a magical plant. I received the award for the mom with the kid with epilepsy and wishes worldwide legalization to happen, with a view to even make hashish an possibility for remedy.
I received this award for individuals like The Great Jack Herer who made it his life’s work to coach the world about hashish and all its wonders. It remains to be form of surreal for me. I discover myself admiring the precise award and considering, “that actually happened!” I did that and that’s one thing nobody can ever take away from me!” I really feel past blessed to be part of the evolution of hashish. I made historical past. It doesn’t get extra rewarding than that!
MJP – What are your expectations for this 12 months’s 2020 Budtender awards?
WEST– I’m anticipating the 2020 BTA’s to be one other slam dunk for the hashish business. I heard they’re including budtender model certifications to the expo, which I believe is a superb addition.
It is past crucial that budtenders are educated on the manufacturers they promote with a view to present the patron with a strong suggestion. I’m additionally anticipating to see an excellent bigger gathering to happen now that the BTA’s 2019 was so successful and the hashish group is aware of it’s legit.
West says after successful, she feels that “She is history”. West says the win has pushed her profession in a constructive route and she or he couldn’t be extra grateful. Connect with West on Instagram and Snapchat: @st8w3stcoastin.
Zulema Lino WINNER: CBD Award
Sin City wouldn’t be a success with out Zulema Lino and her spectacular CBD data. The Las Vegas based mostly budtender is a CBD wizard who can ship data in regards to the good treatment for anybody’s CBD wants. That’s why she was named the winner for the 2019 CBD Award.
Lino is an OG in Las Vegas. She was one of many pioneers of the Las Vegas Cannabis business. Lino was part of an internet Cannabis advocacy group, when a brand new firm coming to city sought her opinion on Cannabis utilization and what the Las Vegas group needed out of a dispensary.
When phrase acquired out that this dispensary was hiring she utilized. Lino began off as a receptionist at Essence and have become fascinated along with her work, studying, and mastering the medicinal facets of the Cannabis plant.
Her ardour didn’t go unnoticed and she or he was ultimately promoted to budtender. Mary Jane Post caught up with Lino to get her ideas about success after successful awards and her ideas in regards to the 2020 present.
MJP – How does it really feel being one of many first people ever to win a Budtender award?
LINO – It’s actually an honor to be the primary ever CBD award winner on the Budtender awards. The acknowledgement is humbling and actually appreciated. Showing others my arduous work and dedication has been inspiring.
This is one other stepping stone towards my ardour that permits me to share the significance of respecting the Cannabis plant by means of its correct utilization.
MJP – What is your hashish desire?
LINO– I like every thing within the retailer, it simply will depend on how I really feel! I’ve transformed all my medicinal must Cannabis. I not contact Tylenol or Motrin. If I’ve a medical concern, I understand how to analysis formulated profiles with terpenes and cannabinoids and eat from there.
I do dab each THC and CBD focus, I additionally smoke hemp flower and THC wealthy flower. I like THC infused darkish chocolate (particularly earlier than mattress) and vapes. All edibles are phenomenal, whether or not CBD solely or THC. Keep in thoughts that I all the time be certain I embody CBD in all my normal consumption.
Lino says following her win, she was very happy with the acknowledgment she acquired from her skilled friends together with a function in Smash Magazine. Lino additionally says, she was actually stunned that these outdoors of the skilled world of hashish weren’t too conscious of what was going down and the significance of the hashish business.
She says successful this award has been a plus for her resume and that she is hoping to remain on the entrance strains to coach individuals on the advantages of hashish. Stay linked with Lino on Instagram and Twitter.
Wrapping Up Our Trip Down Memory Lane
Mary Jane Post congratulates all the 2019 Budtender Awards winners, a full listing of winners will be seen here. Each of those budtenders has a singular set of abilities, ardour, and drive that’s shaping and rising the hashish business.
While 2020 has been a 12 months filled with uncertainties, MJP is aware of that so many budtenders are nonetheless placing in arduous work to verify woman Mary Jane is prepared and obtainable to assist get individuals by means of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although the Budtender Awards 2020 has been pushed again to 2021, you continue to have time to appoint a budtender for an award. If you recognize an incredible budtender in your metropolis, give them credit score the place credit score is due and nominate them for a BTA award here.
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