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For the weekend starting July 8th and ending July 10th Budz Emporium Recreational Dispensary in Medway, Maine has announced their weekend specials. The first offer is the 710 oils and concentrates. When you buy 1 cartridge or concentrate product you will receive 5% off your entire order. This includes all product within an order that also has a cartridge or concentrate product. That savings increases when you buy 2 or 3 concentrates. If you purchase 3 concentrates you will receive 15% off your entire order. If you only buy 3 carts you will receive 15% off however if you buy 3 carts and an ounce of flower the entire order will be 15% off. This is an incredible savings. On top of the 710 oil special being offered Budz Emporium just announced that they will have a super exclusive deal on quarter ounces of flower. From today though Sunday, July 10th, 2022 Quarter ounces of flower will range from $40 – $70. Always the best prices and the best value at Budz Emporium.
Yesterday, Ry Russell, Owner / Operator of Budz Emporium took to social media to share the following:
“We made a commitment to our community to provide the very best Budz for the very best value and we continue to honor that! We are now introducing our Best Budz/Best Value plan. Effective Immediately; should you find the EXACT same product carried at Budz Emporium Recreational Dispensary Medway, Maine at another Maine Adult-Use / Recreational retailer we will match it, period.
Our menu has been completely updated and much research was conducted to ensure that we offer the absolute best value there is.
We love serving this incredible community and we are all growing together!
Have an incredible 4th of July and we will see you soon! We are open our normal hours, everyday 10-7.
Budz Emporium was the first Adult-Use store North of Bangor, Maine. A small family operated business in the Katahdin region. Now, they look to set the tone again. Ry stated that he felt this move although a bit bold also added a layer of accountability for the industry, in whole.
Ultimately this move could be seen as slightly risky with already razor thin margins and taxes that can exceed almost 40%, especially considering there are no deductions or protections for cannabis businesses. However, I see it as an important step for ensuring the best value for the community. Not just here in Katahdin, but across the State. If someone can afford to offer a product we carry for less than myself, then I best honor it. It is not the customers fault that I am not big enough to order large quantities or maybe there was something I missed when I was selecting product. Either way, I feel like it is important to guarantee to my customers that they will always receive the best value. For those that have followed me since my days at the Saco Drive-in I think its pretty clear that value and community are two of my most fundamental values.Ry Russell
We asked Ry, if there was any fine print on the offer and he said, “No”, and recognizes it could be abused. He says that if he operates with integrity then he believes most of the public will as well. It is pretty easy to verify things like competing offers with todays technology. As long as it is a publicly offered price, Ry is committed to being that one stop shop for complete cannabis value.
Budz Emporium is now open 7 days a week from 10a-7pm. Offering 40+ strains and a great collection of vape products, concentrates, beverages, edibles and more! Budz Emporium was also the first store to offer the $99 ounce in partnership with Nova Farms, limited quantities available so visit soon or put yours on reserve by the calling 2077231634.
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Welcome to this episode of Weed Budz Radio! I am Ry Russell and joining me today is Founder of Juicebox Collective and my friend, CJ Britton.
CJ recently wrote a compelling article, “Beware of Tourists” that inspired my thoughts about who they are and where they show up in everyone’s lives. Join us as we discuss how tourists are not just the ones we interact with in the traditional sense, but those that are part of our professional and personal lives.
Beware of Tourists Article by CJ: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/beware-tourists-christopher-cj-britton
Guest: CJ Britton
Host: Ry Russell
Hey budz, welcome back to another
episode of WeedBudz Radio.
I’m your host Ry, and I’m here in
the studio in the North Maine woods.
And for those of you watching, you can
see the beautiful northern lights behind me and
here at the studio of Budz Emporium.
As you learned the last time we talked, we opened
an adult use store here in the North Maine woods
and we’re just having an incredible time here.
And I feel very blessed to be a part of this community.
And one of the things that makes
not just Budz Emporium special, but the
whole region special, really is the community.
The North Maine woods, Baxter State Park,
Katahdin woods and water.
There’s so much beauty up here.
And rafting, skydiving camping, hiking, mountain climbing,
you can do all of that here.
So I definitely encourage all of you, if you have
not taken a trip to Maine, specifically here in the
Katahdin region, I definitely encourage you to do so.
And of course, come see us at Budz Emporium.
But one of the things that I noticed in the last
couple of weeks, especially as we gear up to having more
tourists enter the business and enter the region, I’m looking for
ways to increase tourism to really share what we have here
in the Katahdin region with the world.
There’s just so much beauty up here and
so much that you can escape from. It really is.
There’s very little cell service in many of the areas
here, which just makes it amazing. When I think of
how do we increase tourism, and then I hear things
like Baxter State Park, having a cap on the number
of visitors that can go to the park every year,
I’m conflicted because I absolutely want to preserve the beauty.
I also want to see a region that
has been hit with extreme economic hardships to
build back and to build forward.
And we have to do that with a balance
of embracing tourism and welcoming tourism and educating.
We have to educate these campers and hikers as they come
into the state about how to treat this space right.
We need to be educated when we go to
other cultures and other community spaces as well.
So this all got me thinking, and I was on
LinkedIn, and I’m very rarely on social media these days.
And while I’m having this debate in my mind
about tourism and locals and what does this all
mean and how do we increase one?
Do we need both?
I came across this article and
it was titled “Beware of Tourists”.
And it hit me because as a lot of you know,
I made my start in my career with a drive
in movie theater built on tourism, so “Beware of Tourists”.
And I started reading it, and then I realized
the article I’m reading is a good friend of
mine and a friend that you all might remember
that we went to Alabama to visit, and we
ended up working on a Delta-8 project together.
And some of you might remember the Rise and
Grind, which was my favorite product that we created.
A lot of that was in collaboration with my friend CJ,
who is joining us today, who I want to really share
this article with all of you and help, maybe you think
about what is a tourist in your life.
So, CJ, thank you so much for
joining me on WeedBudz Radio. Man, thanks for having me.
It’s good to be here.
I can’t believe that this is your first
appearance on WeedBudz Radio because we met so
many years ago through your brother.
That’s another podcast.
That’s another podcast.
And then just everything kind of continued to grow
between us and working on different projects and brainstorming,
number of different things late at night.
So it’s just been a pleasure to, one, get to
know you and an honor to be your friend.
And I’m really proud of you because
this piece in particular, it’s inspired and
it’s inspired conversations outside of this dynamic.
I’ve shared this article with other people, and then they’ll
tell me that they shared it with someone else.
So, I mean, this article is definitely kind
of grown into something, and it’s been relevant
for a lot of people’s lives.
So would you kind of tell us, what should
we be aware of and what is a tourist?
Yeah, absolutely, man.
So I’m pumped to be here.
We’ve known each other for I just did
the math in my head almost 3 years.
It was a pre-COVID friendship, which means
it’s a real friendship, my friend.
We need to get that as a tag
on LinkedIn, pre-COVID LinkedIn connection or something.
This article is inspiring because, similar to
you, I live in a destination.
So I live in the panhandle of Florida between
Panama City and Destin, which immediately most people think
of spring break on MTV and things like that.
The region I live in is called 30A.
And if you’re from the south, you know where it is.
It’s this little strip of 17-mile beach that’s curated.
It’s all been heavily designed in a certain way.
If you’ve seen The Truman Show, for all of you, that
was filmed in my area, and so it’s kind of like
a little Maybury on the beach, which is awesome.
But one of the interesting things about where
I live is two and a half million
people come down here every year.
14,000 people live here full time.
So similar to you.
It’s a huge amount of people coming
in to visit, and it’s wonderful. Right?
The entire area really revolves around
the tourist industry that comes from
Dallas, Nashville, and Atlanta primarily.
And what’s great about it is the energy is amazing.
I can go out tonight and it feels
like somebody’s birthday every time you go out.
Everywhere is packed.
People are happy.
They’ve been saving up all year to come here.
It’s not cheap.
And they’re spending a couple of
$100 on a meal and wine.
And so it’s just easy to get caught up in the energy.
But afterwards, all the excitement kind of fades away
and you wake up the next day and there’s
plastic everywhere and there’s a car in a ditch
and a golf cart crashed into another golf cart
because some dad couldn’t handle his alcohol.
And so it got me thinking a lot about
people who come here and enjoy the beauty, right?
We have to have tourists. We just do.
It’s part of who we are. And it’s awesome, right?
We all live in America.
We have beautiful landscape.
But there’s another thing to be said about locals,
and it got me thinking a lot about the
people that live here and really make it remarkable.
I’ve made this mistake in my businesses multiple times.
It’s a lesson I’m still learning.
You get caught up in the excitement of
people who see you for a very small
sliver of who you really are, right?
Coming to see the beach, go into a restaurant to
eat or drink, seeing you for who you are as
a hustler or a marketer or maybe one thing you
did, but they don’t really know you.
They don’t take the time.
They also don’t really respect kind of what it is
to be here locally and take consideration into that.
And I’ve made a lot of partnerships with
people that I would say are more tourists.
And as I was thinking through this article,
which has been really funny, to watch it
take its life on its own and how
much it’s resonated with people has been incredible.
But it’s a good practice to evaluate
the people you’re doing business with on.
Is this person just seeing me for
maybe one, two aspects of my life?
Are they just tourists kind of coming
through my life, enjoying this really specific
moment and then moving out?
Or is this someone who’s going to stay
and dig in with me and Ry?
First of all, you, my friend,
are local status in my life.
So glad to have you on board for that.
And it’s hard, right?
Like you live in Maine.
You have down months and it’s
quiet and places are closed. I live at the beach.
Do you know what happens here in February? Nothing.
It’s cold. We’re in the northern panhandle, so we do get
cold weather and you have to kind of hunker
down and weather the good and the bad.
It’s the same in business.
Like who are the people that are going to be
with you, that are going to weather the ups and
downs, not just peaks, not just the tourist season,
not just the time when it’s fun to go out.
There’s always something going on.
Who are the people that are going to sit here
in February when it’s 50 degrees and the wind is blowing
25 miles an hour off the beach and you can’t
do anything but sit inside and dig in with you?
And so the article really was inspired by
that and it’s been fun to share.
I don’t think it’s that original of a thought.
It’s been kind of encapsulated in different ways, but
I’m glad to hear it resonated with you and
hopefully it does with other people as well.
And I think it resonates in a lot of different facets.
It resonates in kind of that literal facet,
that which you and I came from, of
the natural beauty that surrounds us.
And I think we both quickly equated it to some
of the business dealings that we both have been a
part of and both have seen and witnessed and sometimes
I was giving the example a lot of times like
there’s shooting stars and there’s superstars.
And superstars are often the more kind of longevity in the
industry and they’re a little quieter where the shooting stars come
in very loud, maybe raise a fair amount of money and
then they’re gone in a year or two.
And there’s examples of that in personal lives where maybe
things are going really well in your life and you
have everything that you could ever imagine around you, friends
and relationships, and then maybe things are not so great
and that pool is much smaller.
Well, you learn really quickly like
who that inner circle is.
And I think that’s the most
important thing of all of it.
And so it really does relate whether it’s
business or friendships or just saving the beaches,
it’s something that we can all think about.
And so, CJ, I know with your business specifically, you
help companies in a number of different facets and so
define a little bit like what a tourist is, what
is an ideal customer look like for you and for
your team to work with, along with the types of
projects that you have been kind of crushing that.
Absolutely. And it’s great that you’re in the
cannabis space because you get this more
than anyone else, especially emerging industries, right?
A tourist very similar to a shooting star is
someone just trying to find a quick buck, right?
I saw it when I did some consulting in COVID.
I saw it when I’ve
worked with different cannabis businesses.
You can tell who’s really passionate about the
actual business and industry and who’s just there
to make a quick buck. And so, with me, with Juicebox,
I do consulting for a host of different businesses.
We really are a marketing agency.
We do a bunch of different things to help
small but growing businesses really become their best.
And you find out really quickly on a
first call if someone’s passionate, like a founder
is really passionate about something, right?
Because the startup space is full of people who
have a little extra cash and are like, I
found this niche thing, I’m going to do it.
And then you have people who
are almost borderline psychotic about it.
And I love those people because they
know it and they breathe it.
I think you and I have
had this exact conversation before.
I don’t work with a founder who doesn’t
try, believe or use their own product.
From if you’re developing a construction hardware and you’ve
never picked up a hammer in your life to
running a cannabis brand and you don’t enjoy cannabis,
it’s just, authenticity is so few and far between
nowadays and startups don’t understand that is the one
advantage they have over big businesses.
Big businesses are not authentic. They never will be.
And it’s okay, right?
Like, it’s like the tourists and the locals.
There’s a place for everyone.
Big businesses are going to do stuff and write
checks and we love our people, but at the
end of the day, they’re here to make money.
Small businesses are here to make a difference
because it’s you and me and maybe two
or three other people at most.
And so the idea is if you’re really in this
to make a difference, that’s beautiful and I hope you
achieve all your dreams if that’s one of those that
you want to grow into a big business and you
just get way larger than you can handle. Awesome.
We need both.
But I think the problem is there’s a lot of people
who lie to themselves and when you engage with them, you’re
the one that’s going to get burnt in it.
I want to be a small business.
I want to make a difference.
When really it’s just dollars in the back of your mind.
And what happens is in startup
world, you get beaten down.
You have to do things that
may not be in your wheelhouse.
You have to be a Swiss Army knife when really you
just want to be the knife or the fork or something.
You have to do all the things and you
get burned out and it just doesn’t last.
And so the only thing that keeps you going is
that ultimate belief and purpose and your ability to go,
I know what I’m doing, I know my why.
I’m going to make a difference
and I’m sticking with it.
And you should really ask yourself, would you do
it if you were doing it for free?
I think at this stage and you and
I both do work in other industries as
well, outside of our primary things, especially on
the media production side, is the money worth
the dynamic? Is always the question and something
that we’re always trying to figure out.
And luckily we now are in a position where
kind of what you’re saying, like, if I wouldn’t
necessarily be buds with you, it doesn’t mean that
you’re the wrong fit for maybe your own show
or your own site or what have you.
I will fail you because it’s not the right fit
and I won’t be able to see the whole vision.
And I think you and I kind of
got into that phase, right, where a lot
of people will just say, yes, there’s $1,000. Yes.
And then it comes with a laundry list of
things that comes with that at this point. Like, yes.
Obviously everybody should earn a keep
in whatever their keep is.
But it is fun to just watch some of
those dynamics over the last couple of years begin
to shift in that mindset, begin to shift because
if you wouldn’t do it for free,
the money is not necessarily going to make it fun.
It might make it easier to do, to accomplish, but
I think it’s a lot better, especially being up here
in the cultivation centers, I see people trimming that enjoy
trimming and enjoy being around the plant, right?
Like, I don’t I personally do not like trimming
and it wouldn’t be a fun activity for me.
You have to pay me to do it.
But there’s people where, like, it’s a
hobby, it’s very artistic, it’s very therapeutic.
So it’s awesome to be a part
and to continue to witness this develop.
So CJ, what’s next for you, man? What do you have
shakin’ and bakin’?
What are you looking for, man?
So I’ve been consulting with a couple of businesses.
I’m from Birmingham, Alabama originally, now living in
Florida, so thankfully I have some connections there.
And then obviously the world is small because of the
internet, so I have a few different clients I’m working
for in healthcare, cannabis actually as well, and CPG.
So beverages, snacks, things like that.
I really enjoy that space a lot.
And so doing some different consulting.
I have a couple of companies who are looking
to me to be like a fractional marketing director.
My big pitch is I’m always looking
for the why, not the how.
So spoiler alert to everybody listening if you need
a how, I just need social media management.
I just need design Fiverr.
Is your best friend. Never going to beat that rate.
But if you need someone to take your hows and really
build it into a why that’s going to make someone pause,
which is the hardest thing to do in the world nowadays,
is to make a potential customer go, hmm.. they might be onto
something, that might be something I want to try, then I’m
your guy and that’s what I really enjoy doing.
And so you have to kind of think exceptionally.
You can’t just think nuts and bolts, but that’s really
what I enjoy doing and there’s nothing that gets me
more amped and talking to a founder who gets high
on their own supply, to use a cannabis analogy.
I love working with people like that.
I love the energy of startup founders who are
just believing what they do are small business owners.
And I think that’s where I really can help people grow.
So that’s what I’ve been focusing on, enjoying
it and obviously getting out in the sun
with my family because it’s hot.
So if I’m one of those small business owners, and
I know that I madly need some proper assistance in
these categories, what’s the best way to contact you?
My LinkedIn. You can find me on there or juiceboxcollective.com.
There’s an easy contact form, it will come straight
to my phone and I’ll respond very quickly.
Perfect. And of course we will have all of those
links in the show notes over at weedbudzradio.com and we’ll
be sure to add a direct link to CJ’s article
so you can check that out over again
at weedbudzradio.com, we’re so excited and so grateful to
have you tuning in with us today.
We’ll see you in the next episode.
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Be sure to check out our episode with Joe on Weedbudz https://weedbudzradio.com/2020/12/18/medical-marijuana-practitioners-with-joseph-sorbello-pa-c/
Host of WeedBudz Radio, Ry Russell and members of his team and family have worked incredibly hard to open the very first Adult-Use Cannabis store in the Katahdin Region of Northern Maine. This is a recreational marijuana store meaning that any individual over the age of 21 is permitted with valid form of identification. There is no medical card required to shop at an adult-use store. The team states that they are eager to expand their offerings and work with a large number of Maine Craft Cultivators and Processors in order to deliver the very best products available. Stores like this take a lot of pride in the testing that is required of each and every product that takes up shelf space, ensuring only the best quality products are served to their community. The store is located at 1995 Medway Rd, Medway, Maine; immediately off of I95 for quick and easy access to and from the highway. This store is NOW open 7 Days a Week from 10am to 7pm. Visit their website https://budzemporium.com/ for specials and menus and information. You can reach the BUDZ by calling or texting 207-723-1634 with any questions or at BudzEmporium@gmail.com.
We wanted to give a shoutout to our friends Affinity Patient Advocacy for launching a new line of candles for Mental Health Awareness! Below you can find their mission statement as well as their website:
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Who is someone you’re grateful for that has made an extraordinary impact in the medical cannabis community?
On November 10, 2021, Affinity Patient Advocacy is hosting the Change Influencers in Medical Cannabis Livestream Event, created to celebrate those making a significantly
positive impact on the medical cannabis community.
After the passing of Affinity Patient Advocacy’s Founder’s father, Albert J. DiArcangelo Sr., due to cancer, Christina DiArcangelo felt it was only right to congratulate and honor those whose work in the medical cannabis community provides relief, hope, and
The WeedBudz Radio team was on the road yesterday for a wonderful grand opening celebration for Curaleaf in South Portland. This retail location is the first adult-use store for Curaleaf in the State of Maine. Located right across from the Maine Mall, behind Panera Bread and Dunkin Donuts it is very easy to get to, ample parking, and if you’re hungry there is plenty of food establishments around. The Curaleaf team kicked off the celebration with a $2,500 donation to Black-Owned Maine, whose “goals include rebranding Maine as a warm, inviting home to black entrepreneurs, land and homeowners, tourists, and cultural influencers.” After everyone had time to connect, and enjoy some Holy Donuts (pomegranate is by far the best) we toured the beautiful new showroom, made our purchases, and said our goodbyes, until next time! For more information on this location, address, hours of operation, or questions, visit https://curaleaf.com/dispensary/maine/curaleaf-me-south-portland/info
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This year on 420 (April 20th, 2021) we celebrated by delivering WeedBudz Awards Season 2 to their amazing recipients in the great state of Maine. We had an absolutely amazing time celebrating the Maine cannabis community and we documented our journey in the video above so you could be a part of the special day as well.
We started our day in Southern Maine at High North where we had the privilege of honoring their budtender Riko, with the WeedBudz Best across America Budztender of the Year! Congratulations Riko for your commitment to excellence and service within the Cannabis community here in Maine and for setting an example to those across the country!
We then ventured up the hill to Grass Monkey and across the street to Highly CannaCo. Our last stop in South Portland, Maine was to crash the Seaweed Companies segment on Channel 8 WMTW to celebrate their live resin cartridge.
We left South Portland and journeyed to Wellness Connection or Portland Maine and then of Gardiner where we awarded Matt with WeedBudz best of Maine budtender. After Matt left to go see a Red Sox game we took our talents to Woolwich where we had one of the most fun stops of the day. Unfortunately, we had just missed Sayra but we were lucky enough to share some laughs and celebrate with Fred (Sayras dad) along with a few other family members. This is such a beautiful family business if you find yourself in Woolwich, Maine, be sure to stop by Farleys Cannabis Farm.
In order to celebrate the best edible and beverage product in Maine, we needed to drive to Lewiston so we could meet Phil and the incredible kitchen team at Small Batch Maine. If you are looking for a delicious and refreshing beverage you absolutely must stop at Small Batch Maine. From Apple Cider to Lemonade their seasonal beverage assortment is out of this world!
Our final stop of the day was at Highly CannaCo where we got to celebrate one of the very best brands in Maine with our friend Jennifer. Jennifer also accepted the awards on behalf of Derek who is a cultivation mastermind for Highly CannaCo and produces some amazing products!
After an early morning and long fun day driving across the state, Ethan and I finally made it back to his home in Millinocket to unwind and enjoy the day, ourselves. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a day like this and to celebrate those individuals that do amazing work in order to best serve their community and showcase the very best this industry has to offer.
At last, I want to thank you all personally for the opportunity to be a part of your community and for allowing me to use this platform in order to best document the history this industry is making each and every single day. Sincerely, Ry Russell