Cannabis Industry Needs More Budtenders

The Cannabis industry is thriving right now, as more and more states legalize the natural drug for medical consumption and recreational use. The industry is worth an astonishing $50 billion dollars and one of the most in demand positions is what’s known as the budtender.

Budtender’s are the front of house staff, the first people you will see when you visit a Cannabis dispensary when you obtain your Medical Cannabis Prescription. These positions are in huge demand, generally, they have a huge wealth of knowledge and must know about a variety of strains, what they are used for and what they do. Not only this, they are also offer up advice, recommendations and product safety.

This means, anywhere that Cannabis is legal, there are firms headhunting super-savvy sales people with the ability to sell the heck out of as much Cannabis as humanly possible. The salesforce is not for the faint hearted, let’s face it, the Cannabis industry did not grow to be 50 Billion dollars by being passive when it comes to sales.

Dispensaries need very knowledgeable people to push as many grams, oils and edibles into the bags of hundreds of consumers that pass through their doors each day. Those who can do this and focus in on the customer care at the same time are the most successful in the business.

Dispensaries look for people who are very enthusiastic about Cannabis. The best Budtender’s can make in excess of $35-40K in their first year. Most dispensaries start their staff out at $12-14 dollars an hour. It’s a very good sustainable income if you can get it! Let’s face it, Medical Cannabis is a green niche, no pun intended.

So how do you get the job?

To become a budtender, there are some requirements. You can forget thinking that it involves growing dreadlocks, having blazed red stoner eyes and tie-dye clothing. The industry is trying to project an image that goes against the grain of the stereotype. Adding “I have watched get high 50 times” to your CV will not work, so forget that.

Budtender Requirements

  1. Gift of the gab – Budtenders are not just enthusiastic about the products, they also possess a certain finesse when it comes to selling. It is a fine art that is not learnt but something every good salesman possesses. They can answer any question about any product within a split second and turn that answer into a sale.
  2. Knowledge – A good Budtender will always be able to answer any questions on any product immediately. They have extensive knowledge on a wide variety of product. Though dispensaries supply on-the-job training, having knowledge about the different strains will be a bonus.
  3. Customer Service Skills – Customer service is always a must in Business, especially the retail sector. Successful sales people can talk to a customer in such a way that they feel very comfortable and confident that the product they are selling them is what they need.
  4. Highly Organized – Every second is a hustle in any Business on the sales floor. Showing your employer, a great level of determination early-on is the sure-fire way to success in the Business. The Business of sales is a cut-throat world, nobody will carry you through it, it’s a path you learn on your own and put your unique twist on.

 Photo: Jake Dimmock, the original budtender at Seattle’s Diego Pellicer.

Report: Legal Cannabis Industry Responsible For 150,000 Full Time Jobs

WASHINGTON: The legal cannabis industry is responsible for the creation of an estimated 150,000 full-time jobs, according to state-by-state datacompiled by the online content provider

Their analysis identified 149,304 full-time jobs supported by the legal marijuana industry. Not all of the jobs included in the tally involved direct contact with the plant, as ancillary businesses like consultants and hydroponics providers were also included.

The total represents a 22 percent increase in the number of full-time cannabis-related jobs created within the past 12 months.

States reporting the largest number of cannabis-related jobs were California (47,711) Colorado (26,891), and Washington (26,556).

Teamsters Decry Shutdown of L.A. Cannabis Facility With Union Ties

Dubious Police Raid of THC Design Results in Loss of 50 Good-Paying Jobs

By Kristin Heidelbach

CALIFORNIA:  A cannabis cultivator who just last week reached a labor peace agreement with Teamsters Joint Council 42 for the right to organize some 150 employees at his three facilities in the city has been forced to shut down one location after a police raid resulted in a nearly $2 million loss for the company.

Police, alleging THC Design was stealing power to grow marijuana on-site, entered the building and seized the plants even though the company was compliant with state law. As a result of the lost product, the company announced it will need to shutter the facility, putting about 50 employees out of work. Since April, the company has been raided twice by authorities.

“This business owner has been doing everything he has to under the law,” said Kristin Heidelbach, a Teamsters international representative and Director of the Cannabis Division for Joint Councils 7 and 42. “They are finding ridiculous reasons to go in and do this.”

Questionable raids of cannabis facilities in Los Angeles and across the state are nothing new. Due to numerous changes in regulations, companies are often found to be in violation of the law. The Teamsters, who have signed multiple agreements with cannabis-related companies in California, have repeatedly lobbied on behalf of the industry.

“These companies are helping people and healing people,” Heidelbach said. “We are supporting a very legitimate industry.”

Ryan Jennemann, THC Design’s lead consultant, said he was grateful for the union’s efforts. “I would like to thank the Teamsters for standing up for workers in this burgeoning industry who are being hurt by raids like these that take away good-paying jobs which benefit not only them, but the economy as a whole,” he said. “Businesses that are following the law should not be harassed just because they are part of the cannabis industry.”


Oregon Economist Beau Whitney Releases Cannabis Jobs Report

12,500 Cannabis Jobs in Oregon Generating $315 Million in Wages

OREGON: Cannabis industry economist Beau Whitney of Whitney Economics today released the results of “Cannabis Employment Estimates,” a report compiled at the request of the Oregon State House of Representatives Committee on Economic Development and Trade on the number of jobs associated with the Oregon cannabis industry and a projection of the economic impact the industry is having on the state.

“On a national basis, the $50 billion cannabis market is essentially the equivalent to the U.S. wine market ($55 billion),” Whitney said. “And there are more than 1,000 businesses in Oregon that touch cannabis. I suspect that this is a very conservative estimate based on limited data from the Department of Employment and the OLCC.

In summary, Whitney’s report found:

  • As of February 21, 2017, there are 917 OLCC licensed cannabis businesses and an additional 1,225 applications for a cannabis business. 2,142 in total. The Oregon Employment Department lists 776 cannabis businesses inOregon
  • There are approximately 12,500 jobs associated with the cannabis industry in Oregon. These are jobs that directly touch cannabis and are not jobs associated with auxiliary businesses such as security, regulatory, accounting, consulting, real estate, etc. This is a very conservative estimate and these numbers are expected to increase once the more detailed analysis is completed
  • At an average wage of $12.13/hour, the total annual wages associated with these jobs are $315 million. With a multiplier of 4, this implies that there is $1.2 billion in economic activity related to these wages

The report does not extend into the supply chain for “shovels or picks,” meaning lights, greenhouses, insurance, real estate, accounting, security, etc.

“At present, I feel there are roughly 300,000 – 400,000 cannabis-touching jobs in the USA,” Whitney said. “That number will grow to more than a million as more states come online as legal markets. Cannabis is a job-creation machine.”

Whitney said a more comprehensive jobs report will be researched and published later in 2017, but this initial update should demonstrate the cannabis industry is a powerful force in the Oregon economic engine.

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.

Oregon Cannabis Jobs Report

OREGON: The goal of the Oregon Cannabis Jobs Report is simple: To establish a foundation for future research on how many jobs are being created within the cannabis industry to date.

As new Cannabis economies come online across the United States and around the world, it is imperative that we track the growth of this industry as it creates jobs and economic opportunities for individuals, communities, and businesses alike.

As we march into the 2016 election, everyone is talking about jobs. We believe it is important that the cannabis industry start to inform the general public and those running for elected office on exactly how many jobs are being created within the Oregon retail cannabis sector today. This data is the first of its kind in the nation. Our researchers took painstaking care to ensure that our methodology will not only withstand scientific rigor, but will also establish a legitimate baseline for further research into other sectors of the cannabis market.

Download the Oregon Jobs Report here

NWMJLaw Bootcamp Series: Employee Management And Conflict Resolution

WASHINGTON: As the industry evolves and businesses get past the initial pressures of getting licensed and through the first few months of operations, we see two issues emerge that are worth an in-depth exploration.

This week in Seattle, Aaron Pelley and Anne van Leynseele of NWMJ Law will lead an open discussion with stories from the frontline about employees and conflicts. This event, held Tuesday, June 21st at the MJBA Seattle June monthly meetup.

The third in a business bootcamp  for Washington’s licensed cannabis business owners, the discussion will cover a wide range of situations that arise in these areas including: hiring and firing; how to set employee performance standards; NDA and non-compete contracts; AVN risks; and partnership disputes. Do not miss these two seasoned cannabis attorneys as they share real world situations and offer their sound advice on how to avoid troubles and tips on solving problems before they cause damage to your company.


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


These People Left Respectable Corporate Jobs To Work In The Booming Marijuana Industry

COLORADO:  In late 2010, Derek Peterson was fired from his job as a vice president at Morgan Stanley, where he had been managing a $100 million fund.

But instead of looking for another job on Wall Street, Peterson decided to dive head first into the marijuana industry side project that had gotten him fired in the first place.

Nearly four years later, he says it’s working out.

By operating his own dispensary in northern California and selling hydroponic equipment to marijuana growers as CEO of his company Terra Tech, Peterson says he’s helping people get a product that actually makes their lives better, a feeling he didn’t necessarily have during his time on Wall Street.


U.S. Startups Jumping Headfirst Into The Marijuana Industry

WASHINGTON: The next great American gold rush is upon us. Vast, open land awaits the right eager businessperson to stake out their plot of land. This time, the gold is green — and the products include plastic baggies, vaporizers and mobile apps.

Yes. The marijuana industry is where the opportunities are. (More coverage of the emerging industry from AOL Jobs contributor David Rheins.)

Those getting into the marijuana industry today are getting a leg up on the growing wave of competition. The New York Times recently covered the industry that is now receiving financial backing from several networks of investors that are ready to plunge millions into the industry. A concurrent Times editorial series called for the legalization of marijuana.

At this point, the widespread legalization of marijuana looks now to be more of a ‘when’ rather than an ‘if’. Personal convictions aside, the numbers don’t lie. Debates can arise over whether Colorado’s decline in highway fatalities is enough to outweigh the bump in pot DUI arrests in legalized states. However, there is no debate when it comes to facts and figures; Americans love their marijuana.