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Born and raised in Southern Oregon, Brandon started working in the cannabis industry last year on family farms and since then has found himself Budtending at Rogue Valley Cannabis, West Main. With high hopes to continue working in the cannabis industry, Brandon wants to learn as much as he can and continue growing in any way possible!

When did you start working for RVC and which location are you at the most?

I started as a Budtender in September 2018 and I only work at our West Main location.

Most Memorable RVC experience?

A few customers bringing gifts in, going out of their way to think about us always is a great feeling.

Who are your top 5 artists to listen to?

-Mac Miller
-J. Cole
-Kendrick Lamar
-Anderson .Paak
-ScHoolboy Q

What’s your favorite strain?

Durbin Poison, I am more of a sativa person.

Where do you see yourself in the cannabis industry or RVC in the future?

I definitely want to continue to work at RVC and grow in the cannabis industry. I just want to keep learning as much as I possibly can.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy cannabis?

Flower out of the bong, all day, everyday.

What’s your fav edible available at RVC?

Pacific Wave’s Berrylicious taffy, they don’t even taste like an edible. I am always looking for the taste when it comes to edibles.

What’s your favorite munchie?

Obviously Munchies, but the flaming hot kind.

What’s your favorite movie to watch stoned?
If you could smoke a joint with anyone who would it be and why?

Mac Miller, just because he’s my favorite artist.

CHEYANNE

Born and raised in Southern Oregon, Cheyanne started working in the cannabis industry on farms and since then she has found herself at for Rogue Valley Cannabis for almost two years now. While, at one point, she was a Budtender at all locations, Cheyanne now works in Central Point. With high hopes to continue in the cannabis industry and RVC, Cheyenne wants to start her own business where to combines her passion for cannabis and nutrition into one!

When did you start working for RVC and which location are you at the most?

I started as a Budtender in August 2017 and I have worked at all locations, but I am currently at Central Point now.

Most Memorable RVC experience?

Once we went to a company dinner at Onyx and It was awesome, I loved hanging out with all of my co-workers!

Who are your top 5 artists to listen to?

-Snakehips
-Odeza
-Hippie Sabatage
-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
-Just a Gent

What’s your favorite strain?

High Desert Sour Sage

Where do you see yourself in the cannabis industry or RVC in the future?

I definitely want to continue to work at RVC and grow in the cannabis industry. The bigger picture is to open my own cannabis/nutrition business!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy cannabis?

A bong or edibles.

What’s your fav edible available at RVC?

The Laurie MaryJane Brown Truffle Bites are seriously to die for. The taste, the texture, it’s so good!

What’s your favorite munchie?

Guacamole Cheese Tots from Mucho Gusto, they are so good!

What’s your favorite movie to watch stoned?
If you could smoke a joint with anyone who would it be and why?

Brittany Murphy, she’s an angel.

NICOLE

Originally from the Bay Area, Nicole moved to Southern Oregon a few years back. She made the switch from teaching to cannabis when she knew she could help others in this industry, too. She fell in love with the industry when she started helping others heal from pains and anxieties along with guiding first-timers into what could potentially help them also. Overall, this is why Nicole is December Budtender of the Month!

When did you start working for RVC and which location are you at the most?

I started back in July of 2018 and I work at the West Main location in Medford.

Most Memorable RVC experience?

My favorite part of working at RVC is helping others relieve their pains and anxieties. Also having the ability to help people switch from pain pills to cannabis is incredible.

Who are your top 5 artists to listen to?

1. The Beatles
2. Kid Cudi
3. Eazy-E
4. Vampire Weekend
5. Snoop Dogg

What’s your favorite strain?

I have a few, I love Jack Herer, Blue Dream and White Widow.

Where do you see yourself in the cannabis industry or RVC in the future?

I want to continue to help others, especially children. So to continue growing in this industry would be awesome.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy cannabis?

I prefer flower, so a pre-roll or a bowl!

What’s your fav edible available at RVC?

My favorite edibles are the ones that I make at home. I love making sugar cookies or snickerdoodles, but if I had to choose a shelf product I would have to say Lunchbox Alchemy.

What’s your favorite movie to watch stoned?

The Big Lebowski.

If you could smoke a joint with anyone who would it be and why?

Can I say my husband? He’s my favorite person to smoke with!

VICTOR

Victor lived in the Bay Area most of his life until moving to Southern Oregon about 10 years ago. Victor has always loved the cannabis industry and back in August landed his Budtender position at Rogue Valley Cannabis, Central Point. While Victor loves work because it’s practically hanging out with friends, he hopes to continue his career in the cannabis industry and to work his way up the ladder at RVC!

When did you start working for RVC and which location are you at the most?

I started on August 6th 2018 and I am at the Central Point location.

Most Memorable RVC experience?

My favorite part of working at RVC is working with friends. At one point I was working with my best friend, and how cool is that?

Who are your top 5 artists to listen to?

1. Berner
2. Wiz Khalifa
3. Mac Dre
4. Woodie
5. The Jacka

What’s your favorite strain?

My favorite strain has to be wedding cake from Lion Tree Farms. It literally smells and taste like a cake, it’s crazy!

Where do you see yourself in the cannabis industry or RVC in the future?

II definitely would like to see myself move up the ladder at RVC and continue to work in the cannabis industry all together.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy cannabis?

I love extracts, but I also love the occasional blunt.

What’s your fav edible available at RVC?

Lunchbox Squibs, specifically the blue raspberry ones. They are incredible.

What’s your favorite munchie?
What’s your favorite movie to watch stoned?
If you could smoke a joint with anyone who would it be and why?

Bruce Lee, he is just so intelligent and his wise words in interviews are simply unbelievable, I would have loved it.

LUCAS

Lucas, originally from the Washington, D.C. area, moved to the Rogue Valley four-years ago to attend Southern Oregon University. While studying environmental science, Lucas became interested in working in the cannabis industry. After working on a farm and gaining some experience as a budtender elsewhere, he eventually landed a budtender position at Rogue Valley Cannabis. Since he loves working in the industry, Lucas hopes to expand his knowledge and continue growing with RVC and with cannabis!

When did you start working for RVC and which location are you at the most?

I started as a budtender in June 2018 and I work at the Ashland location.

Most Memorable RVC experience?

Just working with my co-workers. They are enjoyable to be around.

Who are your top 5 artists to listen to?

Biggie
Kevin Gates
Joey Badass
Takeoff
Capital $teez

What’s your favorite strain?

Forbidden Fruit. I am more of a stativa person, but recently I have been using more indicas these days.

Where do you see yourself in the cannabis industry or RVC in the future?

I just want to do as much I possibly can, so whatever they have available even if it’s going to a farm and harvesting or whatever I can do to continue to grow in the industry.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy cannabis?

Dabbing is my favorite way to enjoy cannabis, and one of my extract favorite companies right now is echo.

What’s your fav edible available at RVC?

L.B.’s Cake Balls, specifically the lemon cake one’s, oh man they are so good!

What’s your favorite munchie?

Lime Flaming Hot Cheetos.

What’s your favorite movie to watch stoned?

Incredibles 2, especially when you drink some Adabinol beforehand.

TAKIYA

Originally from Northern California, Takiya found herself in the Rogue Valley this past July ready to start a new adventure! After spending some time at other dispensaries, she discovered RVC and decided it would be the perfect place for her to grow and develop as a budtender! We love her outgoing and considerate personality, she is great at connecting with customers and helping them find exactly what they need. Takiya plans to stay in the Cannabis industry for the foreseeable future and she is excited to see what doors will open for her. She is always expanding her insight on products and her ability to work seamlessly with her team is why Takiya is our Budtender of the month!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH RVC AND WHICH STORE ARE YOU USUALLY AT?

I have been with the company for about 4 months and i’m primarily at the Ashland location!

FAVORITE WAY TO ENJOY CANNABIS?

I love joints! I’m definitely an old school girl.

TOP 5 STONY PLAYLIST

Otis Redding – sitting on the doc of the bay
2cello
Beats Antique
Bass Nectar
Maroon 5

MOST MEMORABLE RVC EXPERIENCE?

There’s so many good ones! Everyone works so well together we always end up having a good time. We’re always doing things together and it’s really shown me how much of a family RVC is.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WORKING WITH RVC?

I love that I get a paycheck for selling cannabis and I get to hang out with a Lot of really cool people when I do it. It never feels like working, I just feel like I’m going to hang out with friends, as well as smell awesome weed all day long.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EDIBLE ON THE SHELF?

The Gron 1:1 Sea Salt. It’s the perfect balance for an edible!

WHAT IS YOUR ALL TIME FAVORITE STRAIN?

I started as a sativa girl, but Grand Daddy Purple and lemon Larry OG – PURPLE PUNCH is now my fave and I could not be happier. It hits me so creatively and I start painting and writing.

FAVORITE MUNCHIE?

Kettle Cooked Dill Pickle Chips. It’s my go-to!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?
IF YOU COULD ENJOY ONE JOINT WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE?

Robin Williams. I feel like I could have an honest conversation with him about anything.

RVC feels like a family!

Liz grew up in rural California and has lived in Ashland for 10 years. She attended SOU, gaining a bachelor’s in journalism. After graduating in 2012, she worked in computer repair and then decided it was time to move on. She took a leap of faith and got into the cannabis industry! She started her journey as a joint roller but knew she wanted to become a budtender. RVC had always been her dispensary of choice, and she felt like working there would be perfect for her, and so did we! Liz has been a part of the team now for a few months and she has excelled in customer service and product knowledge. She takes the time to ensure that all of our customers feel genuinely relaxed and at home. Her attention to detail along with her amazing customer service is why we have chosen Liz as our budtender of the month!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH RVC AND WHICH STORE ARE YOU USUALLY AT?

I’ve been there for about 3 months and I work at the Ashland location.

FAVORITE WAY TO ENJOY CANNABIS?

Probably just smoking flower, but I do also like vaping extracts because they have such good flavors

TOP 5 STONY PLAYLIST
MOST MEMORABLE RVC EXPERIENCE?

I had one customer come in who had a pretty painful chronic illness, and I helped her pick out a strain of CBD flower. She came back told me that the CBD had alleviated all of the joint pain that had been bothering her! I definitely love being able to help people sort through all of our products to find the one that’s really going to help them.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EDIBLE ON THE SHELF?

I think the Laurie & Maryjane brownie or almond truffle bites. They’re hands down the best tasting edible I’ve ever had!

WHAT IS YOUR ALL TIME FAVORITE STRAIN?

Ooh that’s a tough one, but it might be a tie between Headband and Hash Plant. Hash Plant is the perfect indica and Headband is the greatest sativa I’ve had.

FAVORITE MUNCHIE?

I would have to say mini M&Ms for sure. They’re DANGEROUS because it’s so easy to eat so many, but they’re so delicious!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?
IF YOU COULD ENJOY ONE JOINT WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE?

Joan Jet – I wouldn’t even know what to talk about but she’s so iconic it would just be a dream to sit down with her.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WORKING WITH RVC?

I really love my co-workers, I’ve already become friends with everyone and we just have such a fun time. I feel like we all work really well together to always help each other find the right product or solution for a customer. We’re just such a strong team.

I really love my co-workers!

Josh was born in California but has spent most of his life in the Rogue Valley. Surrounded by the cannabis industry, he naturally gravitated toward becoming a budtender! RVC was one of the first dispensaries he started going to and after deciding to apply, Josh has proudly been with us for the past 2 years. He is currently in school to become a software engineer and hopes to one day combine his degree with the cannabis industry. Josh’s drive to consistently learn more has really shown in his work and ability to give customers the best experience possible. His outstanding attitude and professionalism in his position across all three stores is why we have chosen him as our budtender of the month!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH RVC AND WHICH STORE ARE YOU USUALLY AT?

I’ve been with RVC for about 2 years. I can proudly say I’m well seasoned at all stores, but I’m primarily at the West Main location now.

FAVORITE WAY TO ENJOY CANNABIS?

Definitely dabs. It’s the most efficient, but I also like too smoke a bowl afterwards to get those natural terpenes in there.

TOP 5 STONY PLAYLIST

Jorja Smith – I Am
My Morning Jacket – Wordless Chorus
J. Cole – Tale of 2 Cities
Buddy Holly – That’ll be the day
FKJ – Tadow

MOST MEMORABLE RVC EXPERIENCE?

Probably sharing my knowledge with customers. It’s definitely my favorite part of my job. In the past two years I feel like I’ve grown so much and it’s been really amazing to reflect from when I started until now.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EDIBLE ON THE SHELF?

It’s not really an edible, but iI love the Genesis Tincture. I love it in my tea and coffee and it’s kind of mellow and not too in your head.

WHAT IS YOUR ALL TIME FAVORITE STRAIN?

I guess I’d have to go with OG Kush, anything OG is typically my favorite.

FAVORITE MUNCHIE?

Probably chocolate milk! It’s filling and I always have a sweet tooth when I have the munchies, it never fails

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?

The Big Lebowski for sure.

IF YOU COULD ENJOY ONE JOINT WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE?

Neil deGrasse Tyson, he’s an astrophysicist. It’d be pretty mind blowing to have the chance to sit with him and talk about space.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WORKING WITH RVC?

I would have to say the family like environment of RVC. It just feels so natural and relaxed, I really couldn’t ask for a better team.

I really couldn’t ask for a better team.

KAYLA

Originally from Tennessee, Kayla has been in Southern Oregon since she was three. She made the switch from the food industry to cannabis when she was offered a job at RVC. She discovered her passion for educating patrons on different types of products and showing people how helpful cannabis can be. She is dedicated to giving all who enter RVC the best experience possible and providing them with the best products for their needs, and that’s why Kayla is the Budtender of the Month.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH RVC AND WHICH STORE ARE YOU AT?

I’ve been with RVC at our Central Point store for 6 months now

FAVORITE WAY TO ENJOY CANNABIS?

Blunts are my favorite because I love rolling them, it’s a crafted and intimate experience with the flower.

TOP 5 STONY PLAYLIST

There are too many good songs to choose from so here are my go-to’s

3005 – Childish Gambino
love you madly – cake
Bowl for two – the Expendables
r you mine – Arctic Monkeys
Do I wanna know – Arctic Monkeys

MOST MEMORABLE RVC EXPERIENCE?

One time a veteran came in looking for a topical after he was involved in a bad accident. When he stopped by the store again he told me the topical helped his pain significantly. Seeing regulars come through who need it for medical purposes makes it more fulfilling.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EDIBLE ON THE SHELF?

Laurie and Mary Jane Truffle brownie bites.

WHAT IS YOUR ALL TIME FAVORITE STRAIN?

Durban Poison. The strain is very uplifting and I can still go throughout the day without feeling sleepy.

FAVORITE MUNCHIE?

Ice cream, I always have it in my freezer! Throw in some flaming hot Cheetos and you have a good snack!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE OR TV SHOW?

I love movies and I have so many favorites, but I love the office. It’s my go to every single time.

IF YOU COULD ENJOY ONE JOINT WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE?

The first person that comes to mind is Jeffree Starr. I would love to smoke a joint, do make up and eat Taco Bell together.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WORKING WITH RVC?

I really love the family environment, everyone seems to have each others backs.

I really love the family environment

TYLER

Having lived between the Rogue Valley and Phoenix Arizona, Tyler has found himself settled back into the area! Initially going to school for culinary arts, Tyler worked in several kitchen settings and realized that while his passion was there for food, he wanted to be something much more involved with the customer instead of behind the scenes. He left the world of food and became a budtender in Arizona. This is where he found his work to be truly rewarding and fulfilling! After moving back over to the Rogue area, he knew he wanted to jump right back into the cannabis industry. Tyler’s passion and connection with the patients have set him apart. He loves to stay on top of the constant change in the market as well as the science behind new products that are constantly emerging. He plans to continue working in this industry to gain as much knowledge as possible, and eventually wants to combine his culinary experience with his cannabis experience. His drive to succeed and continued success with RVC is why we have chosen him as this month’s budtender of the month!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH RVC AND WHICH STORE ARE YOU AT?

I’ve been with RVC for 3 months and I’m mostly at our brand new location on West Main.

FAVORITE WAY TO ENJOY CANNABIS?

Dabbing for sure, I’m all about the dabs!

TOP 5 STONY PLAYLIST

There are too many good songs to choose from so here are my go-to bands

Grateful Dead
Pretty Lights
The Eagles
Bleep Bloop
John Mayer

MOST MEMORABLE RVC EXPERIENCE?

Hmmm, for a single experience I would have to say when I got to help this younger medical patient. I was basically given the opportunity to open up his whole world to cannabis. It was his first time using for epilepsy and we went down his journey together as he continued to come in. We both learned so much from each other and it was so rewarding to become involved in some one else’s path to trying to heal themselves.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EDIBLE ON THE SHELF?

The Wyld Peach White Chocolates. I feel like they just have it down to such a science. Every dose is so precise and so strong; it’s definitely a quality that I would share with everyone including my mom, and I only give her the best!

WHAT IS YOUR ALL TIME FAVORITE STRAIN?

Girl Scout Cookies all day every day. It gets my mind in a really happy spot. I truly feel uplifted and in a great mood every time.

FAVORITE MUNCHIE?

Phish food Ben and Jerry’s …. Or the sweet and spicy chili Doritos. Can’t deny either.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?

Alice In Wonderland, the OG one!

IF YOU COULD ENJOY ONE JOINT WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE?

Probably Seth Rogan; I feel like we’d get along so well. I know it sounds cliche but his sense of humor is just the best.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WORKING WITH RVC?

I love the quality of product that we have and I feel like that has attracted a very quality clientele. Our customers are all so different, and really whether it’s the product or the people I just feel like RVC has the best of the best. Employees included!

We wouldn't be where we are today without our amazing budtenders!