From the word Cannabis
Suffix –ista Suffix
-ista m. and f.
- -ista; one who follows a principle. Example: optimista (“optimist”)
- Indicates one that practices a profession of the noun stem;
Canista sometimes spelled cannista
Coined by Jeff Strouse of XLNT3 in 2009. It is a combination of Cannbis and the Italian or Spanish suffix: -ista. Compares to other -ista neologisms such as barista, Sandinista, Peronista, Guardianista, Fashionista
Canista plural canistas
- A person who is fluent and knowledgeable to a professional level in the area of Cannabis production, identification, grading, effects, etc
- Also referred to as a “Bud Tender” although that term does not encompass the true meaning of the job.
See also http://canista.org