Oregon’s Budtender of the Year Shares How She Used Budtending as a Stepping-Stone for Her Career

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Editor’s note: This story was previously published on EstroHaze, a multimedia company highlighting the business and lifestyles of multicultural women in the cannabis industry. Tiara Darnell is a multimedia journalist and recent graduate from the University of Oregon in Portland, where she completed dual graduate degrees in strategic communications and multimedia journalism. While studying for her master’s, Darnell worked as a budtender at Farma, one of the top dispensaries in Portland. Last year, Leafly named Darnell Oregon’s Best Budtender of 2017. Darnell recently transitioned from budtending to focus her attention and efforts on her true passions and career goals within the cannabis industry, which are advocacy and increasing the representation of people of color in cannabis media. “Being a black budtender in a predominantly white industry, living in a predominantly white town in a predominantly white state, has meant that I’ve become more aware of the social issues that come along with working in the cannabis industry,” Darnell says. Oregon’s Budtender of the Year Shares How She Used Budtending as a Stepping-Stone for Her Career

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