Cannabis—The Gateway OUT For Store Assistant Manager, Shawn

December 8, 2017


Ten years ago, if you had asked Shawn If he thought he’d be a successful, team-building manager and budtender at a legal cannabis shop, he would have looked at you like your head was sewn to the carpet. And that’s not because legalization would have seemed absurd back then. It’s because he was dangerously addicted to drugs and spiraling downward.

“I was self-medicating with anything I could get — heroin, crack, meth. It didn’t matter to me,” he says. Eventually, through hard struggle and sheer determination, he managed to quit — and to help stay off the hard drugs, he used cannabis to ease his withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

Once clean, Shawn got back on his feet and worked his way up to managing a restaurant. Being the high-stress job that it was, he continued to use cannabis to take the edge off. But still, he grew more and more frustrated with his job, so he decided to make another change and enter the cannabis industry.

With his customer service skills and passion for cannabis, he landed a budtending job at 2020 Solutions and immediately fell in love with the industry. He was a natural fit, and before long, Shawn became Store Assistant Manager at the wildly popular Guide Meridian location.

Perhaps his difficult past and humility are what make him such a great manager and so loved by his team. And perhaps it’s his obvious love of the plant, the industry, and helping others. “My favorite part of this job is the people I get to help and the family comaraderie,” he says. “If I won the lottery tonight, I’d still come into work the next day.”

For Shawn and his team, it’s all about connecting with people. It’s the team’s unique combination of personalities, the atmosphere they create, and the bond they build with their guests.

Every budtender and employee at 2020 Solutions gets to experience the satisfaction of helping people — whether that’s someone just looking to get high and have fun, or someone who truly needs cannabis to relieve pain and suffering.

When people come into the store with drug problems, Shawn is in a special position to relate and help. “I recommend indicas for the flu-like symptoms,” he says. “Cannabis truly is the gateway...  OUT.”

Now you know a little more about the people behind the place. Like Shawn says, we're all about connecting with people and building a bond. If you haven’t made 2020 Solutions your store, come check us out. We’d love to get to know you!


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Bellingham Area Locations:
2018 Iron Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Open: Mon-Sat 8am-11:45pm, Sun 9am-10pm
5655 Guide Meridian
Bellingham, WA 98226
Open: Mon-Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 9am-10pm
4770 Pacific Highway
Bellingham, WA 98226
Open: Mon-Sat 8am-10:00pm, Sun 9am-9pm
Phone: (360) 734-2020
1615 SW Basin
Ephrata, WA 98823
Open: Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 9am-8pm
Phone: (877) 934-2020

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