6 Budtenders Discuss The Biggest Changes In The Industry Since Legalization

The cannabis industry has changed quite a lot since adult use became legal in California. Now, more consumers are comfortable talking freely about their cannabis use, many of whom are actually new to the plant themselves. Cannabis legalization has opened the doors to more consumers, who are flooding dispensaries looking for the best quality cannabis products. Fortunately, budtenders are available to guide these new consumers to answer all their questions about the plant. 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. Every dispensary is different, so budtenders are a valuable resource for both new and old consumers searching for cannabis products that may seem overwhelming without a guide.

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 the biggest changes they've seen in the industry since legalization in California.

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