budtender trainingRight now there isn’t a standard Budtender training in place for grading marijuana quality, so it’s often hard to tell the difference between a dispensary’s “good” medicine and another person’s “good” medicine.

There are several ways to determine the quality and the price of a product such as nutrients used, the strain of medicine, cultivation method, amount of time to grow, and quality of the medicine. Knowing the strain and different qualities of a product is essential for any Budtender training.

As you can tell there are a variety of marijuana qualities and grades, and it takes some time to become familiar with them all, usually when you learn from trial and error. There is no way to tell unless you have a geneticist check out the DNA.


Prices & Current Budtender Training

The following is a rough estimate of recreational and medical marijuana prices per weight, though these may vary from state to state and change over time; it will provide you with an idea of what to expect.

Amount & Cost

  • 1 gram (0.03 ounce): $8 – $20
  • 3.5 grams (1/8 ounce): $35 – $60
  • 7 grams (1/4 ounce): $80 – $120
  • 14 grams (1/2 ounce): $150 – $200
  • 28 grams (1 ounce): $225 – $400
  • 4 ounces (1/4 pound): $700 – $1,200
  • 16 ounces (1 pound): $2,700 – $4,000


Budtender Workday & Daily Tasks

Here is a list of duties and a sample schedule detailing the daily duties of Budtender training:

  • bud-tender schoolBudtender arrives on time for dispensary pre-opening activities.
  • Turn on the computer, and P.O.S. system and get ready for patients.
  • Start rolling joints, preparing and packaging inventory.
  • Put price stickers on bags and labels on bottles.
  • Stock jars and a display case with medicine inventory.
  • Double-check display cases to ensure the medicine is properly trimmed.
  • Count your cash register to make sure it’s correct.
  • Do any last cleaning that needs to be done.


Opening the Dispensary

  • You will get patients first thing in the morning, but you’ll want all Media, PR, and Social Ads posted by noon at the latest.
  • Typically you will find that new patients usually come around open to early afternoon so make sure you are patient and maintain a pace that accommodates what they need and their questions.


Mid-Morning Dispensary Projects

You’ve seen a few patients but this is when you will start working on your project of the day. Remember, you are responsible for many areas of the shop so keep a list and keeping a running list of tasks that need to be completed during the quiet hours of business.

bud-tender trainingFor Example:

  • Clean Bathrooms
  • Clean Lobby
  • Dispose of Trash
  • File Paperwork
  • Update Patient Data
  • Your List Of To-Do’s

Lunch Time – Steady Flow or Rush of Patients

You want to be already organized and ready in case you have a group of patients waiting in line. You could get behind if there are new patients since they want to ask you questions and sign up as a dispensary member.


Mid-Afternoon – Check Your Numbers

This is usually your first peak or rushes for the day that winds down yet some centers may stay busy all day, but on average there is a small break here. You would get a lunch break or work on your more dispensary projects and be sure to post a special of the day for later on any social or advertising networks.

Dinner Time – 2nd Rush of Day

bud-tender schoolMost patients are getting off of work and are not as rushed as the patients earlier in the day that has to rush back to work. During this period it is a little more relaxed and you will find that for many of your patients, this time is what many look forward to and are the best part of their day.

Patients may hang out for a minute, don’t mind waiting for a little, and are on the road to unwind for the day so this is a great time to build relationships with them. This is when your Budtender training should be focused on patient service and patient networking, relationships, and up-selling.

These are usually when your “regulars” come in, they buy more, they know you, and they listen to your valuable advice on what they purchase, and your answers to their questions. And this is a great time for a special of the day – almost like a happy hour.

A 4:20 special is a popular choice in the medical marijuana business to offer patients.


Late Evening Patients

Typically these patients are rushing to get there before you close and they usually don’t stay long so you can start to do your nightly closing duties.


Budtender Training: Closing the Dispensary

  • Lock the doors and yourself inside the dispensary for personal safety. You do not want to chance someone coming in and robbing you – but be sure to lock the doors promptly and be aware of anyone suspicious.
  • Put away all of your medication and merchandise in a safe or secure storing location. Do not leave products out at night, it creates an appealing situation for criminals.
  • Count your cash register and lock up all money and paperwork in the safe.
  • Make sure the safes are locked up and the alarm is set and all employees leave together.

The basic elements for developing a program to improve retail sales in your dispensary are discussed in this Budtender training. If you are willing to develop your budtender training strategy based on the framework and examples presented, your dispensary will be a more effective and rewarding one.

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