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.  


President Trump's 2020 budget request includes a loophole that would let Washington, DC finally open up dispensaries for recreational cannabis. Although DC voters passed a ballot initiative to legalize recreational cannabis back in 2014, Congress has used its power over the nation's capital to prevent it from selling cannabis for recreational use. Right now, local dispensaries can only sell medical marijuana to registered patients thanks to Congress, which controls spending in the District of Columbia.

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