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.

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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.

Five Things To Know Before Joining The Cannabis Industry

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.

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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.

 

Spokane’s First Cannabis Job Fair Draws Huge Crowds

WASHINGTON: Nearly 900 eager job seekers turned out for Spokane’s first ever cannabis job fair this past weekend, many of them lining up as early as 7:30 to drop their resumes off and meet some of eastern Washington’s leading cannabis industry employers.

Organized by the Marijuana Business Association, and presented by Washington NORML and the Islander, MJBA Job Fair Spokane was held at the Spokane Convention Center and featured employers and exhibitors included leading cultivators Washington’s Finest Cannabis, Blue Roots Cannabis, Triple T Farms, Kush Comfort Farms, and Buddy Boy, who were looking for trimmers and agricultural help; leading cannabis brands including Evergreen Herbal, Cannabis Training Institute, 420MEDIA, Analytically Correct, Mosaic Insurance, PayQwick, BioTrackTHC, Miller Soils, WeedTraQR, and Dope Magazine.

The Inlander publisher Ted McGregor delivered the keynote address, using the occasion to look back on the first year of Washington legal cannabis (the state’s first recreational shops opened on July 8, 2014).  Ted gave a shout out to Spokane resident Mike Boyer, the first recreational pot consumer in the state who subsequently lost his job after a workplace drug test confirm his legal consumption, who was in attendance at the fair optimistically seeking employment opportunities.  He drew parallels between the end of alcohol prohibition and today’s unravelling of the failed war on drugs.

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Business Intelligence expert Joe Armes, Analytically Correct, preceded the keynote, and delivered the MJ Research Jobs Report in which Analytically Correct estimates WA State recreation cannabis direct industry jobs to be 3,000 – 4,000 by the end of 2015 and 5,000 – 6,000 by the end of 2016.

MJ Research Jobs Report

MJ Research Jobs Report

420MEDIA and Kerri Accardi were in the house, hosting an open casting call for their upcoming web series, Hmm…Did You know.   A panel of cannabis cultivators from Washington’s Finest Cannabis, Farmer Tom Organics, Kush Comfort Farms talked about careers as a pot farmer.  Other featured speakers included Luc Nelson, Cannabis Training Institute; Kevin Oliver, Washington NORML; Melissa Braddock, Eden Labs; Norm Ives, Mosaic Insurance; Dan McMahon, BioTrackTHC, Aubrey Armes, Analytically Correct HR; Eric Ogden, WeedTraQR; Isaac Curtis, UFCW; Crystal Oliver, Washington’s Finest Cannabis; Terry Polyak, PayQwick; Kerri Accardi, 420MEDIA; Heather Gehrman, Evergreen Herbal; and Jon Hofer, RMMC Consulting.

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420MEDIA Hosts Cannabis Casting Call At Spokane Job Fair Saturday June 20th

WASHINGTON: So you want to be a canna star.  420MEDIA, a Seattle-based video and entertainment company, is casting for talented, ambitious, and entertaining actors and hosts who are passionate about cannabis for a series and commercials that will premier on its new online cannabis TV network, “Hmm Did You Know.” 

“Bringing stunning, cinematic image quality and production value to cannabis businesses and products is the mission of firm’s founder and driving force, New York filmmaker Kerri Accardi, “Our strong roots in digital media allow us to embark on creating powerful videos and photographs for commercial and social media platforms. From concept to creation, our dedicated team utilizes cutting-edge visuals along with groundbreaking research to provide digital content of the highest caliber.”

Accardi determined that launching its casting at the MJBA Job Fair in Spokane (Saturday, June 20th at the Spokane Convention Center) was  the ideal venue to kick off the groundbreaking series. “ We couldn’t imagine a better way to assess Eastern Washington’s newest talent,” Accardi told MJNN, “Those that pass the first round of auditions will be interviewing cannabis employers and potential employees on camera.”

420MEDIA is a VIP Sponsor of MJBA Job Fair Spokane, and a national member of the Marijuana Business Association. The company is in expansion mode, and will be at the Job Fair seeking to hire DP’s, editors, photographers, graphic designers, web developers, animators, associate producers, and project managers.

Washington’s Top Pot Companies Recruit At Seattle Job Fair

WASHINGTON: Washington’s legal marijuana market is heating up. In the first two months of operation, the Evergreen State has generated more than 14 million in recreational marijuana sales, which resulted in more than $3 million in new tax revenues — all that with only a handful of legal pot shops open. Every week the Washington Liquor Control Board issues more recreational licenses for legal growers, producers and processors of pot, and as that production ramps up so does the demand for a wide range of professional services.

The Green Rush is on — cannabis employers are now focusing on hiring and so the Marijuana Business Association hosted a Job Fair to put would-be workers in weed together with new high-paying jobs.

The MJBA Job Fair happened Saturday at the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue, WA, and was presented by online job board Weedhire.com, and sponsored by a host of leading canna-employers. AOL Jobs talked to some of them to find out what kind of jobs are being created in this new legal industry, and what kinds of experience and training will best prepare job seekers for an exciting new career in the cannabis trade.


Marco Hoffman,
President, Evergreen Herbal

Marco Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur out of California where he co-founded the Venice Cookie Company. He is modeling his smaller Washington operation after best practices learned at VCC. Evergreen Herbal has quickly established itself, and its 4.20 and infused-Quencher lines – at the top of Washington’s most successful medibles category.

MJBA Job Fair 231A.C. Braddock
CEO, Eden Labs

Eden Labs is a leading manufacturer of extraction technology, the innovator of the Hi-Flo Co2 system, the “Coldfinger” distillation systems and a multitude of protocols for the processing of botanicals. The company, which has deep roots in the food, tobacco and coffee industries, has grown quickly in response to the tremendous growth of the cannabis concentrates market. A.C. is a founding member of Women of Weed, Marijuana Business Association, NCIA and the MJBA Women’s Alliance.

Eden Labs does not micro-manage” A.C. tells AOL Jobs. “Employees must be able to work unsupervised, and will be expected to be responsible in achieving designated deadlines and improving the job role as needed.” Like many in the dynamic new industry, Braddock emphasizes the importance of being a team player with excellent communication skills.

The Fast Rise Of Marijuana ‘Schools’

I just want to say one word to you. Just one word: pot.

Yes, it almost harks back to a classic scene in “The Graduate.” A growing number of schools offering courses in all things weed-related are trying to pull young people with the promise of newly created jobs in the booming medical marijuana field.

The Northeastern Institute of Cannabis, in Natick, Mass., will start offering a 12-course program by September. Those who pay $1,500 for the privilege get a “cannabis industry certification.” To enroll, students must either have a high school diploma or a GED.

Founded by marijuana activist Mickey Martin, the school is geared toward people who want to apply for work at a dispensary in one of the more than two dozen states, including New York, that allow medical marijuana.

High Demand For Pot Jobs: Huge Turnout At Colorado Marijuana Job Fair

COLORADO: Looking for a job as a bud-tender? Get in line.

A marijuana-industry job fair in Colorado saw a massive turnout of job seekers who waited in line for information about employment in the expanding industry following the legalization of recreational marijuana use in the state.

More than a dozen companies were looking for candidates to fill jobs as bud-tenders (those who work behind the counter and dispense pot), marketers, marijuana trimmers and even accountants.

Careers in Cannabis: MJ Headline News Editor Talks Jobs With AOL

Take a 30-minute break to put some power behind your job search and go for the green! It’s AOL Jobs Week and we’ve got two special guests in our Google Hangout on Wednesday, Feb. 12, starting at 12:30 PM ET.

Laurie Petersen, editor-in-chief, AOL Jobs, will host a conversation with:

Gloria Stafford, who recently landed a new job as a residential sales account managerwith TruGreen in Colorado. Learn how she did it.

followed by:

David Rheins, an AOL Jobs contributor and founder of MJBA Publishing in Seattle. He’ll talk about how he decided to get into the cannabis industry and the outlook for green jobs.