Dream of getting paid to work with cannabis? Well, we’re here to help you achieve those dreams. We’ve answered five of the most commonly asked cannabis industry questions, and also give you some options.
1. Is a degree necessary to be hired as a grower?
No, you don’t. While some individuals growing for large dispensaries or suppliers do have a degree in biology or horticulture, many do not.
Live in a state with strict growing/smoking rules (aka, weed is bad), but have growing experience? List it on your resume and in your cover letter.
2. Does “blackmarket” experience count?
Yes, absolutely. The legalization of cannabis, medically and recreationally, has changed everything. Blackmarket experience counts. If you’re applying for positions, write a cover letter explaining your previous relationship with cannabis.
If you were a grower, show them what you know. If you were a dealer, tell them about your ability to distribute product and to make relationships within the industry. This isn’t your high school resume people – the illegal stuff you used to do can land you an awesome job.
3. How can I get my foot in the door?
If you can’t immediately get a job as an grower, budtender, or vendor, try trimming. Trimming is a great way to get your start in the cannabis industry – it allows you to show off your knowledge and skills, and pays pretty damn well.
4. I can’t find a job, what are some other options?
Become a vendor. Vendors follow state legal procedures all while allowing you to work for yourself. You can supply numerous clubs, as many as your can support really. This allows you to:
- Work for yourself, and
- Grow, trim, finance your own venture as opposed to working under someone else’s business model.
This is a legitimate way to get into the cannabis industry if you know your way around bud.
5. What are some other cannabis industry options?
Want to work in cannabis but don’t want to actually grow it? That’s okay! Luckily, there are about a million ways to be involved/working in the cannabis industry.
Here are a few options:
- Concentrate Processor: Know your chemistry? Make concentrates!
- CBD Hemp Extract Companies: Passionate about hemp, and cannabinoids other than THC? Look at jobs in the extract industry, or start your own!
- Develop Edible Recipes: With legalization, edibles are an ever-growing sect of cannabis consumption. Like baking? Make your own brand.
- Delivery Services: Medical states and clubs are offering delivery services for medical patients. Help patients get their medicine
- Tourism: Both recreational and medical states see increased tourism due to the presence of growing cannabis industries. Get involved!
- Regulation: As cannabis continues to spread across the United States, more and more state and local governments need people to help keep the industry on track. Work in government and seeking an exciting career change? This could be a great option
There you have it. Utilize any of these tips, and find your way into the booming cannabis industry. Don’t forget, there are numerous ways to work with cannabis.