COLORADO: Melissa Vitale had never considered a career in marijuana when she moved her family to Colorado from Austin, Texas, a little over a year ago.
An accountant and former fifth-grade teacher, she long thought marijuana should be legalized but had no designs on working in the industry.
“When you’re a mom, it’s not the easiest thing to manage in your life,” the 41-year-old said of her occasional cannabis use. “I do not and would not smoke in front of my children.”
It wasn’t until she met Amy Dannemiller, another mom at South Denver’s Slavens Elementary School, that working in marijuana even seemed like an option.