“Budtender” isn’t exactly the term that many of them prefer to use for themselves. Many of them consider it a tongue and cheek title. Katie, a budtender in Colorado tells us that many budtenders prefer to be called “dispensary agents.” Out of towners seeking a recreational toke smirk at the term every time they hear it according to Mia Jane who blogs about tending buds in Colorado.
Budtenders as people are as diverse as the strains they sell but the best of them all take their work seriously and the last thing that any budtender worth their sativa…or indica would ever want for the public to assume is that they get paid to slack off and smoke all day.
Some marijuana dispensaries in California won’t allow their budtenders to smoke at all. Some won’t allow their budtenders to smoke during rush hours if they are concerned with maintaining a professional image. Other Cali dispensaries will only allow their employees to medicate with edibles or smokeless concentrates and some dispensary owners in California can and will allow their budtenders to smoke while at work budtending.
Smoking on premise at a dispensary is illegal in Colorado however. So forget about the lazy budtender stoner stereotype.