Sanctuary Pride Month Spotlight: Chantel Burney
How did you get into the cannabis industry, and why have you decided to stick around?
I got into this industry 6 years ago as a budtender in Las Vegas, NV. While there, I fell in love with the culture that this industry brings to the community.
I was welcomed to my shop with love and understanding, and that’s also why I haven’t been able to leave the industry. It’s awesome to relate to and help people from different walks of life that I probably wouldn’t get that chance to interact with in day-to-day life.
What does Pride mean to you in your life? Are you doing anything special to celebrate this month?
To me, Pride means being my authentic self at all times, unapologetically! I strive to do so while continuing to give unconditional love to myself and others because that is what the world deserves.
I’ve been celebrating this month by handing out random “I love you’s” to strangers. I feel like it’s normal to talk comfortably in a negative manner about others, so I’m taking it upon myself to utilize my power and vibe to normalize random “I love you’s.” My hope is that this will shine a little bit of love and light on someone’s day. You have to be the change you would like to see!
How would you characterize the connection between the cannabis community and the LGBTQIA+ community, and what makes that connection special or unique?
I would say the cannabis community provides an inclusive avenue for everyone and anyone to thrive if they possess the desire to do so. This is one industry where originality and authenticity are celebrated and valued. The industry has done an awesome job creating a safe place for you to be you.
How can the cannabis industry be a better ally to the LGBTQIA+ community?
What do you enjoy most about working at Sanctuary? Any favorite products?
The thing I have enjoyed the most is the extended Sanctuary family that I’ve been blessed with! We blend together amazingly, and they genuinely have the truest intentions at heart. It makes work hours feel like chill sessions, even on the busiest of days.
My favorite product so far is Juice Box. It gets you heavy in the body while keeping things light and giggly. I’m all about being happy; plus, it smells and tastes amazing!