Cannabis is a $31.4 billion business now. It is now legal for medical marijuana in 21 states, and it is legal in 9 states for recreation use. Getting into this business is very new and very big. In this article, I will show how you can break into this business
Today there are about 150,000-200,000 jobs in the cannabis industry, according to the drug policy alliance. Research shows us there will be over 340,000jobs in the weed industry by 2020. The growth is exciting, significant, and affords a huge opportunity for serious minded people.
So, are you looking for a job for a career or an opportunity? They are all ground floor in the cannabis industry. In a traditional business, if you have a lack of experience, your resume is usually thrown in the garbage. Not in the pot world. There are too many jobs and not enough people to fill them.
The open jobs are being a budtender, being a grower, or owning a dispensary. But, cannabis now being mainstream is looking for people to fill mainstream positions.
These positions include finance managers, marketing and branding experts, HR professionals, to name a few. This shows how cannabis companies are hiring people with the same backgrounds as any other business. This is according to the National Cannabis Industry Association.
Now we want to know the best ways to enter into this massive industry as either an employee or an owner.
1. Try traditional job search methods
As with any job search, one of the ways you can network is through cannabis industry recruiters. The two largest recruiters today are Vangst and THC Staffing Group. There are also many job boards where companies hire direct, and there will be many more recruiters that will evolve over the next year.
Also, the old fashion way works in this new industry. People walk in and ask if the company is hiring; they fill out an application and interview on the spot.
2. Get connected
Building a base of contacts and relationships with people within the industry are easily the best way to get a leg up on anything you are pursuing. There are several local and regional events given year-round as well as four significant cannabis events each year. All of these shows can be easily found on google as they are all looking for participants and future employees and partners. Because the industry is so new, there is a lot of work boards online where people are meeting people and helping each other out.
Learning is ongoing, and one of the best ways to connect is through schooling. Here is a list of schools that will help propel you into a new career.
3. Bring a startup mindset and be adaptable to change
The state and federal rules and restrictions on marijuana companies are extensive, and there are new ones daily. You need to be able to change direction fast and be adaptable to new rules. People who have start-up experience would be in high demand, especially if they were involved with the scaling of the business. If you are not used to change, and sometimes rapid change, this may not be for you.
This is a huge, massive opportunity for everyday people who want to get on a ground floor opportunity. Here are just a few of the skills that will help propel you to get started.
4. Here are some skills needed to start thinking about
People management skills. This is extremely important to becoming a budtender
If you have experience in managing a high-volume store as an employee or manager.
Managerial experience (for managing a high-end marijuana dispensary).
Experience in the tourism industry (marijuana field tours are common these days).
A background for formulating new products
Accountants, engineers, IT professionals, sales representatives, etc.
Video courtesy of Oakserdam University and Vice