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LUCY TRAN CALIFORNIA LEAF
Budtender of the Month TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. Right now, I’m really passionate about cultivation and the extraction process, and very interested in learning how to do rosin and hash. I know I want to be in the industry long term, but still exploring – trying to find the best place for me, honestly. DO YOU FEEL LIKE BUDTENDING IS A GREAT INTRODUCTION TO THE BUSINESS? I do, because I mainly wanted to share my knowledge to educate people. Budtending is important because the older crowd is often shy about Cannabis and it’s really nice that we have a great environment that caters to them.
IT APPEARS TO ME THAT ELEMENTAL WELLNESS CENTER PUTS EXTREME FOCUS ON EDUCATION. DO YOU FEEL THAT’S ACCURATE? Yes, indeed. I’m the consulting supervisor here and we’re not like other dispensaries where the culture is about grabbing something quickly before heading out. We take pride in delivering valuable face time with our customers, because it’s important to take time with people who want to explore the Cannabis world. All “WE’RE NOT our consultants are really good about LIKE OTHER educating people, so they feel good about DISPENSARIES the products they leave with and know how to use them. Especially with edibles. WHERE THE
WHAT ARE SOME ABOUT GRABBING IMPROVEMENTS THAT THE SOMETHING STATE CAN MAKE TO THE QUICKLY BEFORE CANNABIS INDUSTRY, IN YOUR HEADING OUT.” OPINION? The taxes. Being in the Silicon Valley, we have some of the highest taxes in the country and most of the members who come in are surprised about how high they are. It would be nice if we could figure a way to make it more fair for everyone.
Elemental Wellness Center 985 Timothy Dr, San Jose | (408) 433-3344 | elementalwellnesscenter.com Lucy is part of the first generation from her Vietnamese family born and raised in San Jose. Most of her days consist of tending to her garden and spending time with her girlfriend, cats and dog, who are her world outside of weed. She also enjoys spending time in nature, hiking and sight-seeing while enjoying Cannabis. Follow her @LucyKLT
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE OF ELEMENTAL WELLNESS? I love growing my own Cannabis plants. I started growing in my closet, but have since fallen in love with the aspect of growing and learning about it – I am working on perfecting my outdoor abilities. DO YOU WATCH TELEVISION? Yes. I watch a lot of reality TV
WHAT REALITY SHOW WOULD YOU FIT INTO? There should be a show called The Dispensary. It would be cool if there was one that played off work life and how much fun it is. WHAT WOULD YOUR PERSONA BE ON THE SHOW? The joker. I always like to play practical jokes on people, like putting stickers under their mouse.
INTERVIEW by MIKE RICKER @RICKERDJ/CALIFORNIA LEAF | PHOTO by MIKE ROSATI @ROSATIPHOTOS
Published on Nov 2, 2020
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