By Sue Vorenberg
Cannabis Daily Record
WASHINGTON: Legal cannabis may be the fastest growing industry in the country right now, but how do you know if it’s the right fit for you?
Working in the industry comes down to a lot more than just a love of pot. Whether you’re looking for a career as a bud trimmer, budtender, grower or anything else, it’s important to keep in mind that the rules in this young industry aren’t well established – and joining it isn’t for the faint of heart.
Still think you’re ready to go? Here are five things to consider before jumping in:
1. Every business is a startup business.
Why does it matter if a business is old or new? It comes down to money and structure.
Established industries offer jobs with benefits, stability and often a well-thought-out chain of command.
Don’t expect that in the cannabis industry.
The oldest marijuana businesses – at least legal recreational ones – have only been around for about a year and a half. Most don’t offer health or retirement benefits, and with markets in legal states still in flux, there’s no assurance that your job will still be there in six months.
Management and human resources aspects of these businesses may also not be as well thought out as you’d find in other industries. If you want to work for a good company, do some research first, ask questions about how employees are treated, and don’t just jump at the first offer that comes along.