The good, the B.A.D. and the best of the best members within the cannabis industry joined DOPE Magazine for yet another premier Oregon event on Sunday, July 10. Budtender Appreciation Day, now the owner of the infamous acronym “B.A.D.” was created to show love for a part of the cannabis world that is too often overlooked, cannabis shop staff and ever-fabulous budtenders. These people are the rock stars, the heroes and the experts behind the counter who serve consumers “on the daily” through solid recommendations of cannabis products for whatever urge needs to be met.
Castaway, a venue with a cool hipster vibe and set in trendy Northwest Portland, created the setting for this event, themed the Dope Family BBQ. Among Kobe beef hot dogs and your regular backyard BBQ fixins’, local band Just People came and rocked the house with their chill yet unique vibe operating in tandem with DJ Jack. Atmosphere was created through interactive games, such as a 16-person foosball table, swanky swag bags full of gear and give-a-ways ranging from iconic glass pieces to a 60” TV. An outdoor fire pit created the perfect setting for roasted marshmallows—mashed into gooey s’mores, then lent itself to a warm kumbaya gather round as the evening grew cooler. As the event was invite-only and compliance proof, outdoor consumption fueled the evening through those who had brought their personal stash.
This event was not only about giving back to this designated sector within the industry, but also bringing to light the importance of these members who play such an invaluable role within the Oregon cannabis community. Budtenders, we thank you for what you do, as without you we may end up strung out on the couch when a heady hike was planned.
A special thank you also goes out to our sponsors for the event: Cascade High, Gaia Bounty, GTC Security, Marley Natural, Mary Jane’s House of Glass, Phantom Farms and Willie’s Reserve. A special shout out to our give-a-way contributors as well: Crutch Cards, Futurola, REL Vape, The Legendary Game of Zonk and ZeeFusion. We could not have pulled off this amazing event without your wonderful participation.
The B.A.D. Party Colorado will be held on August 28 at the NATIV Hotel and B.A.D. Washington is scheduled for September 29 at Metropolist Seattle. Budtenders from your designated states, SAVE THE DATE now for one unforgettable evening out on DOPE Magazine!