Best of Cannabis

Best Budtender: Monty Mifflin

Don't call it a comeback but for the second time in three years Monty Mifflin has clawed his way back to the top of Humboldt County budtending. Mifflin, who came out of nowhere to edge out 2018 champ Michelle Seelye to take the Journal's 2019 Best Budtender crown, had fallen out of the budtending game entirely last year, having left the Heart of Humboldt to pursue other opportunities. But the skunky call pulled him back in and last year he started training for a return. But budtending is a fickle game and Heart of Humboldt informed Mifflin it no longer had a roster spot open, spurring the savvy vet to join forces with the Humboldt Patient Resource Center, a perennial contender looking to retool its lineup.

The results speak for themselves, with Mifflin once again holding the crown of Humboldt County's best budtender, becoming the only person in HumCo history to lift the proverbial trophy twice. Mariellen Jurkovich, HPRC's executive director, says Mifflin, a Humboldt native, is so good at his job because he loves both people and cannabis. He connects with customers and is able to connect them with the stories behind the products, detailing where certain farms are located, their histories and farming practices. "He knows a lot of the growers so he's able to tell those stories," she said. "He's telling a story and keeping that connection alive for Humboldt."

Thadeus Greenson

Cannabis

Budtender

Monty Mifflin, HPRC

980 Sixth St., Arcata, 826-7988

445 Fourth St., Eureka, 476-0450

hprcdispensary.com

Cannabis Manufacturer

Papa & Barkley Co.

122 W Fouth St., Eureka

(844) 234-8416, papaandbarkley.com/

Cannabis Nursery

Hendrx

hendrx.farm

Cannabis Processor/ Trimming Services

Sisu Extracts

sisuextracts.com

Cultivator

HPRC Arcata Cannabis Dispensary (Humboldt Patient Resource Center)

980 Sixth St., Arcata, 826-7988

445 Fourth St., Eureka, 476-0450

hprcdispensary.com

Dispensary

The Humboldt County Collective

1670 Myrtle Ave., Eureka, 442-2420

Local Cannabis Delivery

Humboldt's Premium

1131 Broadway, Eureka, 496-0506,

humboldtspremium.com

Local Cannabis Farm

Xotic Flavorz

instagram.com/xoticflavorz

Local Cannabis Product

Space Gems

spacegemcandy.com

New Cannabis Dispensary

The Fireplace

1041 F St., Arcata, 630-4024

thefireplacearcata.com

Seeds

Humboldt Seed Company

humboldtseedcompany.com