10 Budtenders Predict the Future of Cannabis

2018 has been a great year for cannabis, partly because a number of states and all of Canada legalized the consumption of weed for adult use. Now, patients and consumers in select states can go to a dispensary to purchase cannabis of their choosing, just like going to a bar to buy a drink. Even the experts - budtenders - expect to see more cannabis lounges in the near future, where people can consume more freely. A budtender is the person behind the counter at a cannabis dispensary, there to help consumers choose which cannabis strains and products are best for their wants and needs. Budtenders are the first on the floor to help consumers, so they're certainly qualified to predict the future of cannabis. 

Civilized sat down with budtenders from all over Los Angeles to learn about cannabis culture and dispensaries in our weekly series Ask A Budtender. In this episode of the series, the budtenders discuss their predictions for the future of cannabis.  

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Few other entrepreneurs in the cannabis space have their hands in quite as many ventures as Lorne Gertner. Currently dubbed the "godfather of the Canadian cannabis industry," Gertner told Civilized, "If we could live through normalization, we could change the world." Hailing from the fashion industry, this Toronto native says he's on a mission to "make the world a better place through cannabis and design excellence." The only catch is, well, normalizing cannabis — and that's where Gertner's keen eye for style comes in. "In the old days, you were going to be different or you were going to be normal," said Thom Antonio, Gertner's friend, creative director, and collaborator of 35 years.

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