Meet CAC Taunton's Training Manager, Rhyder!

Name: Rhyder Cookman
Hometown: West Windsor, NJ
Years in Cannabis: 5
Role at CAC: Training Manage
Favorite movie: Galaxy Quest or Ernest Scared Stupid


What is your cannabis origin story? 
I went to Denver for vacation and to check out the exploding cannabis industry.  I saw my opportunity to get involved and jumped at it. 3 weeks after vacation i moved across the country and dove headfirst into the industry.

What did you do before this and how did it prepare you for your role today?
 Prior to getting involved in the cannabis industry I went to college for animation and have a background in retail. I’ve managed everything from a Halloween store to kitchen equipment.  Once I got into the industry I moved up the ranks and transitioned into a training role. 

What is your strain of choice?
LA Kush Cake

Favorite delivery method?
Dabs and flower.

How do you ensure first time visitors are comfortable with their first dispensary experience?
It’s my job to make sure the staff have the tools and knowledge to provide visitors with an exceptional and educational experience. We send all our retail members through a week long classroom based training on everything from legalities to the endocannabinoid system and everything in between to ensure they’re comfortable and confident!

Do you have any hobbies or collections?
In my free time I build replica movie props! Currently i’m working on a Lightsaber and a Ghostbusters Proton Pack!

Where do you go to learn more about cannabis?
So many places!  I read a lot of research and scientific papers to build a well rounded knowledge base.  

What is the coolest new cannabis-related gadget you’ve seen recently?
 While not necessarily new the Puffco Peak is a game changer for dabbing!

What’s your favorite CAC product right now?
Any of our live resins!

What do you like most about working at CAC? 
The people. I get to work with an incredible and diverse team while helping our patients learn the benefits of a life amplified by cannabis.

What is the most difficult part of your job?
The constant changes presented from the legal aspects of the industry. Regulations change often and we have to stay on top of it to ensure we’re compliant.