Recently Pardoned? Lowell Herb Co. Is Hiring

CALIFORNIA: Lowell Herb Co., the fast growing cannabis company behind the number one pre-roll in California, is expanding and hiring. Through its trailblazing Social Equity and Reparative Justice Program, special consideration will be given to recently pardoned, non-violent cannabis offenders and will offer a wide spectrum of resources to individuals hoping to enter the cannabis space at various levels. CEO David Elias describes the ideal candidate as a motivated team member who will contribute to the day-to-day operations of the company in a dynamic way, adding that “We value hard work and dedication and we’re putting a strong emphasis on employing people negatively impacted by cannabis incarceration and those whose lives have been affected by cannabis convictions on their records.”

To get the word out to a wider audience, Lowell unveiled a billboard near the Men’s Central Jail and Twin Tower Correctional Facility (the sign is located on Daly St. north of Mission Road facing the 5 South Fwy.) announcing the jobs initiative and will be actively promoting the project on TV, radio, and online venues.

herbco employees

Lowell has career opportunities across various fields and levels of expertise such as package design, sales, marketing, distribution, shipping and customer service. Most of the jobs will be in Los Angeles, but there are also openings in the Bay Area, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and San Diego.

In addition, Lowell and its coalition of brand and retail partners, will offer internship roles in each division of its operations. This structured approach to on-the-job training industry education and specialized career focus, will help propel interns to the next level when they enter the workforce.

Beginning later this year, Lowell will host a series of meet-up style workshops which will be open to the public and will offer panel discussions and intensive training sessions as a crash course introduction to participants hoping to obtain roles in the industry. “It’s our priority to establish programs such as these to give motivated, bright individuals a second chance, and allow them to participate in this thriving industry” said Elias.

Wurk Raises $3.2 Million In Bridge Funding Round

COLORADO: Wurk, the workforce management company for the cannabis industry, has raised $3.2 million in a bridge funding round, with participation from both new and returning investors, including Poseidon Asset Management, which led the round, as well as Phyto Partners, Altitude Investment Partners, Arcview Investor Network and Arcadian Fund.

According to a company press release, Wurk will utilize the new funding to make key strategic hires and further build-out its cannabis labor management technology. The platform is designed to scale nationally with the growth of the cannabis industry, while incorporating the local laws and regulations unique to each individual state.

“The cannabis industry has made huge strides since Wurk was founded in 2015, making the jump from a fringe economy into a legitimate industry,” said Keegan Peterson, Founder and CEO of Wurk. “As the industry continues to grow, companies in the space need legitimate HR infrastructures to protect what they’ve built, set themselves up for growth and enable future expansion. We’ve worked hard to be the first and only company to provide that infrastructure and look forward to using our latest round of investment to continue to fulfill the industry’s ever-increasing demand.”

“After participating in Wurk’s previous two funding rounds, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to invest in the company yet again,” said Emily Paxhia, Managing Partner at Poseidon Asset Management. “As investors focused on the cannabis space, we regularly see the HR, accounting, and tax challenges that cannabis startups face on a frequent basis. Wurk’s solution helps ease that massive burden on the industry and creates a huge investment opportunity in doing so.”

PA Marijuana Dispensary Agent Training Class In Pittsburgh Sunday, June 25th

PENNSYLVANIA: HempStaff, a medical marijuana staffing and training agency, is hosting a Medical Marijuana Dispensary Agent Training Class in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Sunday, June 25, 2017. The class will be held at the Embassy Suites Pittsburgh, located at 550 Cherrington Parkway, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. There are 2 sessions to choose from: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. The cost is $249 with prior online registration or $300 (cash-only) at the door, if seats are still available.

Pennsylvania Marijuana Applications were submitted 3 months ago on March 20. The Pennsylvania Dept. of Health is expected to announce the winners of the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Applications any day. Dispensary staffing needs will be in large demand after the winners are announced as up to 27 Dispensary licenses will be approved in this round of applications, each license can have up to 3 Dispensary locations. With 3-4 Dispensary Agents (also known as Budtenders) needed in each dispensary location, that’s around 250-300 Dispensary Agents that will be hired over the next several months.

HempStaff’s four-hour course is designed to prepare participants for work at a marijuana dispensary so that business owners are getting educated and well-prepared candidates when filling new, entry-level positions. This specific marijuana training course covers regulations in Pennsylvania.


May 11 In Portland: “Don’t Go Up in Smoke” —Workplace Law for Canna-Businesses

OREGON:  As the cannabis industry expands, so do the number of workers in weed.  Managing a rapidly expanding organization can present a myriad of challenges for any new business, and business operators in the heavily-regulated licensed marijuana industry face additional complexities.  Employment law and the legal cannabis industry is the topic of  “Don’t Go Up In Smoke,” a half-day seminar exploring employment-related legal issues, including personnel management, pay practices, avoiding government investigations, and protecting your trade secrets and other confidential information.  The event, a production of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and sponsored by Fisher Phillips, takes place on May 11th, 11AM-4PM at The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, 1025 SW Stark St., Portland.

Fisher Phillips attorneys from California, Oregon, and Washington, and a number of leading industry experts will explore these issues in-depth and provide practical tips for compliance:


Alex Wheatley

Alex Wheatley

Attorney, Fisher Phillips

Alex is an attorney in the firm’s Portland office, specializing in representing businesses in the cannabis industry. He has worked with a number of growers, processors, and retailers to implement effective workplace policies and has represented businesses in the industry when they have received complaints and lawsuits. Alex gets great satisfaction helping canna-businesses comply with the law and protect themselves from exposure to lawsuits and administrative claims. Having worked with a number of employers in the industry, Alex understands the unique issues faced by such businesses and has experience solving the problems such businesses commonly face.

Ashley Preece-Sackett

Ashley Preece-Sackett

Executive Director, Ethical Cannabis Alliance (ECA)

ECA is a nonprofit and voluntary certifying body for cannabis/hemp labor and environmental best practices nationwide. Ashley holds a degree of Horticulture Science from Boise State University and is on the brink of two decades of experience in horticulture sciences. She co-founded Cascadia Labs, one of the leading cannabis analytical labs in the nation, as well as helped launch the Portland Chapter Women Grow networking group, which is still the largest-growing cannabis networking platform in the nation.

Clarence Belnavis

Clarence Belnavis

Partner, Fisher Phillips

Clarence Belnavis is a partner in the Portland and Seattle offices. He is a trial attorney with a primary emphasis in employment litigation, including disability, racial and gender discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and wrongful discharge. He also represents employers in wage and hour claims, employment class actions, and traditional labor matters. Clarence routinely provides client trainings and speeches to cannabis industry groups regarding current and developing employment law issues in Washington and Oregon.


David Rheins

Founder, Marijuana Business Association (MJBA)

The MJBA is the leading business organization in the fastest growing industry in America. The MJBA provides business intelligence, professional networking, and commercial opportunity for participants in the legal cannabis industry. David is a frequent speaker and moderator at Seattle Hempfest, CannaCon Shows, Cannabis Creative Conference, Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo, and a regular columnist for Freedom Leaf Magazine. A proven business leader with 30+ years of experience building and operating best-of-breed media and marketing organizations, David has an impressive track record as a senior executive for Rolling Stone, SPIN, I Village, Corbis, Time Warner and America Online.

Jason Geller

Jason Geller

Regional Managing Partner, Fisher Phillips

Jason Geller is the managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office. Jason represents employers in all facets of employment law matters. Jason has extensive experience defending employers in federal and state courts, as well as in investigations by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the DFEH, United States Department of Labor (DOL) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In addition to defending his clients in litigation, Jason frequently counsels employers to assist them in avoiding litigation.


Kara Bradford

Chief Talent Officer of Viridian Staffing

Kara co-founded Viridian Staffing in 2013, the first bona fide professional, full-service staffing, recruiting and HR consulting firm in the cannabis industry. Kara’s 15-year career has spanned multiple Fortune 100 companies and start-ups in a wide variety of industries where she specialized in Talent Acquisition, Workforce Planning, Employer Branding and Organizational Design. Kara has an MBA in Human Resources & Organizational Behavior and is PRC, CIR, and CSSR Certified.


Neil Juneja

Founder, Gleam Law

Neil Juneja is the founder of Gleam Law, a cannabis-focused law firm with offices in Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon and is a licensed patent attorney. The majority of his practice focuses on trademark protection of cannabis brands in state and federal law. In addition, Neil has written numerous article on cannabis law and intellectual property as well as spoken at many events including in the National Mall in Washington DC and at the Seattle Hempfest. Some of Gleam Law’s notable clients include the first Seattle recreational marijuana retailer, several world-famous musicians branding cannabis products, and many publicly traded companies working in the cannabis industry. Neil has also appeared in Newsweek, Time Magazine, and on several documentaries for his work in the cannabis legal industry.


Medical Marijuana Training for Dispensaries Coming To Ohio This Summer

OHIO: HempStaff, a medical marijuana recruiting and training agency, is hosting three Medical Marijuana Dispensary Agent Training Classes in Ohio this summer as the state gets ready for the implementation of the state’s Medical Marijuana Program.

The first class will be held June 3rd in Cleveland at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 4900 Emerald Court Southwest, Cleveland.

The second is slated for June 17th at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza located at 35 West 5th Street in Cincinnati.

The third opportunity will be July 1st in Columbus at the Embassy Suites by Hilton – Columbus Airport located at 2886 Airport Drive in Columbus.

Each training will have 2 class times to select from, 8:00am to 12:00pm or 1:30pm to 5:30pm. The cost is $249 with advance online registration or $300 cash at the door, if seats are available.

According to the latest research, more than 1.2 million people already use medical marijuana for a wide variety of medical problems, and the industry continues to grow. In 2016, the industry for both medical and legal marijuana grew to $7.1 billion, a sharp 25 percent from 2015. Currently, 28 states and D.C have legal medical marijuana laws with Ohio joining the ranks in 2016. Trained dispensary staff will be needed to keep up with the pace of the new medical marijuana dispensaries that will open, as Ohio Medical Marijuana Dispensaries are expected to open sometime in 2018.

HempStaff has trained and certified more than 1,950 dispensary agents nationwide and continues to hold classes across the United States with an extensive travel schedule for 2017. HempStaff is also a recruiting agency, so when business owners contract HempStaff to find entry level dispensary or cultivation site workers, students who successfully pass the course are contacted first about these opportunities.

HempStaff’s course offers participants training on cannabis and cannabis products along with all the information to keep up-to-date with Ohio’s medical marijuana laws. The course is completed with a certification exam, which the student must get 75% to obtain their HempStaff Certification.  If you don’t pass the test, not to worry, all students can attend future classes at no charge with advance notice.  HempStaff also offers a resume review to help best prepare them for seeking employment.

“I have attended a few training classes and they keep getting better and better! The classes are very informative with a well organized presentation. The staff is very friendly as well and everyone is so helpful. I have received my certification already from this class but i find it very helpful to go back each year to learn new and up to date information. I would highly recommend taking this class to anyone looking to get a well rounded education in the dispensary agent training!” said one recent student about their experience with the course. HempStaff provides a number of testimonials on their website and Facebook from satisfied students who gained knowledge and appreciated the resume assistance in order to find work in the industry.

For potential business owners, Ohio plans to have their final set of regulations for cultivation centers in March and for Dispensaries in September, with the application period for each shortly after.  If you are looking to be a business owner, let HempStaff save you time and energy when you are completing your application. Our team can help you find every single member of your team and ensure your dispensary agents, which are the face of the industry, are well trained.

Cannabis Market Creating Jobs

NEW YORK: The fast-growing cannabis market is expected to create more jobs in the United States. According to the 2017 Legal Marijuana Outlook, published by New Frontier Data, the cannabis industry is expected to create 283,422 jobs by 2020, with an implied growth rate of more than 17 percent compounded over the next four years.

The accelerating pace of cannabis legalization is considered as the main factor that drives the growth of legal cannabis market, which will further create more business ventures and boost the economy.

Giadha Aguirre De Carcer, Founder and CEO of New Frontier Data, said, “While we see a potential drop in total number of U.S. jobs created in 2017, as reported by Kiplinger, as well as an overall expected drop in GDP growth, the cannabis industry continues to be a positive contributing factor to growth at a time of potential decline, however, with a projected total market sales to exceed $24 billion by 2025, and the possibility of almost 300,000 jobs by 2020, it remains a positive economic force in the U.S.”

Trimmigrants Flock To California To Process Marijuana

CALIFORNIA: Except for traffic passing through on Highway 101, this northern Mendocino County city is relatively quiet much of the year. But for three months in the fall, it gets an influx of world travelers lured by marijuana-trimming jobs, temporarily swelling the town’s population of under 5,000 and instilling it with an international flavor.

They’re called trimmigrants and they are an integral part of the North Coast’s lucrative marijuana industry, estimated to be worth billions of dollars and widely considered to be a major economic driver in Mendocino and Humboldt counties. But, like the pot industry itself, reaction to their presence is mixed. The migrant workers contribute to the economy, but many effectively are homeless. Though the growers who employ them typically provide housing or a place to camp, when not working, they camp illegally in parks, alleys and along railroad tracks and rivers. Some can’t find jobs and turn to panhandling and frequenting food banks.

The annual march of migrant marijuana workers has occurred for years throughout the pot-rich North Coast, from Sonoma County to the Oregon border and beyond during the traditional fall cannabis harvest season, which runs roughly from mid-September through the end of November. The phenomenon has gained a worldwide reputation, and now draws an international crowd to rural places that are not on the usual tourist guide list.


Cannabis Job Fair Met With Enthusiasm And Hope In Oakland

CALIFORNIA:  You could spot the line from blocks away: a huge aggregation of professionally dressed folks  ran down the length of one city block, around a corner, and down another. Though the age of the people in the line was fairly young–folks mainly in their 20s and early 30s–this line was not for tickets to an upcoming concert.

These people were waiting to get into the Cannabis Career and Job Fair.

The second of its kind held in the last 12 months, the enthusiasm around the event, type and variety of companies that attended–along with the sheer number of applicants who showed up–is a clear testament to how fast this industry is growing.

The first event of this kind in the Bay Area was held almost a year ago at a small rock club in the SoMa section of San Francisco. There were about five companies represented, and attendance was a mild but steady stream of curious job seekers.

WeedHire Releases 2014 Q4 Cannabis Jobs Report

NEW JERSEY: The marijuana job market saw unprecedented growth in 2014 with the evolution of recreational businesses in Colorado as well as the continued advancement of investment into business infrastructures for the medically legal states as well as the marketing of ancillary products and services. Consistent with other industries as they evolve, legal marijuana is seeing job growth in areas tied to retail sales, distribution, and back office functions to run their businesses not unlike other emerging industries.

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the city of Denver’s unemployment rate alone was 4.2% through November 2014, down from 6.5% a year ago. Data Q3 to Q4 2014

1) Dispensary Jobs – 90% Growth

2) Medical Jobs – 70% Growth

3) Administrative Jobs – 65% Growth

4) Sales Jobs – 56% Growth

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Top 6 Jobs Functions Most in Demand

1) Administrative

2) Sales

3) Dispensaries

4) Medical

5) Marketing

6) Manufacturing/Grow



These statistics demonstrate the industry is still very early in development. The lack of banking support as well as the delays in issuance of licenses and approvals at the state level is likely to also play a role in how fast these organizations can grow. It is important to note however that industry analysts believe that approximately 10,000 jobs in marijuana already exist in Colorado. Thousands more will be coming in the follow-on states of Washington, Oregon, & Alaska.

Cannabis-related companies are also investing in states such as Illinois and Nevada where legalization efforts will advance thereby creating even more job opportunities.

Cannabis Technology Jobs

Technology is also playing a role in the jobs market for legal cannabis. Vertical software manufacturers are increasing their workforce in the areas of programming for such products as inventory management, testing, and mobile apps development. These organizations are also looking for experienced sales staff to assist in the education and market-share gains for their respective products.

Social media is also playing a significant role in the jobs sector as legal marijuana is considered as much a social movement as a business and healthcare issue.

More Demand than Supply of Jobs

Although the sector is predicted to grow exponentially moving forward; currently the jobs market is seeing a size-able demand for jobs vs. a lower supply. Cannabis Staffing Agencies are seeing an average of 200 job applicants for every 1 job on file.

As expected, the overall trend indicates that there are a larger number of people with no experience or specific skill- set who want jobs in the marijuana industry. Many of these individuals do not have industry experience and are willing to take lower-level jobs in order to break into the sector.

Legal Cannabis Helps Mainstream Jobs Market

The legal marijuana jobs market is also responsible for job increases in complimentary industries as well. One example is the number of dispensaries and grow houses being set up. Contractors for lighting, HVAC, extermination, electrical, as well specialized legal and accounting are all needed to set up these organizations.

Applicants are not what you think

Many cannabis employers are also surprised at the amount of applicants that are in fact non-stoners. Approximately 80 % of applicants state at time of application that they do not use cannabis. Many job-seekers actually see this industry for its future growth potential. Some predict it might be the largest industry in certain states as the industry matures.

Industry analysts also believe the cannabis industry is an excellent opportunity for young people without a college education to escape the clutches of minimum wage.*

Hiring Fundamentals in the Legal Cannabis Industry

Hiring Smart is what WeedHire is all about and the overall consensus among many employers within the sector is no different than any other industry. Although most established companies in the legal cannabis project continued growth, employers are being cautious about when and whom they hire. A higher level of expertise is more sought-after with a specialization in certain areas such as grow of the marijuana plant; these individuals are often called “Master Growers”.

What about Hemp

There are many wildcards to the legal marijuana job sector but one that is not often discussed is the emergence of industrial hemp. Hemp, if manufactured properly can compete with Cotton, Lumber and other associated industries. This could mean the emergence of a significant amount of jobs in production, warehousing and distribution as well as sales and administration. Actual towns that have struggled in recent years which were centered on manufacturing could be resurrected with the emergence of industrial hemp.

Conclusion & Outlook

While some analysts predict as many as 200,000 cannabis jobs to be created in 2015, WeedHire sees a steady increase in job opportunities. The pace of growth in opportunities for employment is dependent on factors such as upcoming elections and individual state commitment to the voter elected medical or reactional programs. Regardless, the legal cannabis sector will push forward and WeedHire is committed to being the gateway for interested job seekers and employer’s to connect and build this industry together.

In November 2014, Oregon and Alaska followed Washington and Colorado in legalizing recreational marijuana. While the newly elected rights of these residents to grow marijuana at home begin early on, the commercial market and regulatory system will not begin for one to two years. This will impact the speed of growth of jobs in manufacturing. We do anticipate however that ancillary jobs growth will begin to take shape in 2015. The city of Washington DC ‘s measure is still unclear as to how advancements will move forward.

In 2015, specifically in Colorado, we would expect to see increased jobs growth in edibles, product testing, and home-grow products and services. Washington, a state a bit slower to evolve due to continued challenges tied to the supply of the market and tax rates.

Each quarter, WeedHire will share ongoing data and trends in both jobs and career growth to provide insight to employers and employee candidates and help move the industry forward toward full legalization.

*Brookings Institute Research