The first day at a new job is always nerve-wracking for me.
I have gone through enough jobs in my life that I should be used to it at this point, but I’m not.
Even when I am excited about the new job, I feel nervous when I first start. This was true for the cannabis dispensary as well. I applied for this job six months ago, and only now have been asked to join the team. At any other job I would calm my nerves by smoking some cannabis before I went in, but I couldn’t do that with this job. One of the strict rules at the cannabis dispensary is to not be high at work. It is expected that all employees smoke cannabis regularly – or else why would you want to work here? – but being stoned on the job is a big no-no. The manager Jenny explained to me that regardless of the product we sell, that the cannabis dispensary is a professional operation, and has to be treated with respect. Many people rely on this business to get the medical cannabis they need to improve their lives. Yes the majority of our customers just want recreational cannabis to have some fun. But we also have cancer patients, soldiers with PTSD, and other folks who need cannabis as medicine. For this reason all of the budtenders have to be clean and sober while on shift. When we are off the clock, then we can use that fat employee discount and get as much cannabis as we want.