D.C. Residents Won’t Let Congress Blunt Their Enthusiasm For Legal Pot Business

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  On the first weekend after the legalization of marijuana in the nation’s capital, a sell-out crowd gathered in a hotel ballroom with the same basic mission: Learn how to capitalize on the economic opportunity that’s headed for D.C., the so-called “Green Rush.” Conference attendees, who paid up to $299 for the weekend, listened to presenters talk about securing investors, navigating complex tax issues, and cultivating customers along with your plants.

The unique challenge in D.C. is that Initiative 71, which went into effect on Thursday, only permits the home cultivation and possession of small amounts of marijuana. Buying and selling are still illegal, thanks to Congressional intervention, effectively blocking many of the opportunities to create jobs and revenue that states such as Colorado are currently capitalizing on.

But the legal obstacles didn’t blunt the enthusiasm of many residents in the adjoining expo and job fair, which was free to the public. “This is the new frontier, man,” Dave, a 26-year-old resident of Northeast D.C. told ThinkProgress. After he finished signing up with one of the staffing agencies present, he added that he was really encouraged by “how open people are in terms of getting you involved, teaching you new things. They’re looking for growers and more inexperienced people.”

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.

MJBA Unveils 2nd Installation of The Road To Prosperity Poster Campaign

WASHINGTON: Think Rosie the Riveter with a passion for cannabis: The Marijuana Business Association (#MJBA), a leading trade organization representing the interests of participants in the fast-growing legal cannabis industry, unveiled the second installation in its “Road to Prosperity” series by artist Michael Guttsen at the monthly meetup of the Seattle MJBA held last night at Magical Butter Studios in Seattle’s SODO district.
The campaign is reminiscent of the Depression-era WPA posters and emphasizes the economic and cultural prosperity available through the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana. “We are very excited to get delivery of poster #2 in #MJBA “Road to Prosperity” series by artist Michael Guttsen,” MJBA CEO David Rheins announced to the group, “Think Rosie the Riveter of Reform! This poster is dedicated to the MJBA Women’s Alliance, and the 100 strong female-owned cannabis businesses they represent, for setting a new standard in ethical business practices.”
Copies of the poster will be available, FREE, with paid membership, at the upcoming MJBA Job Fair, to be held at the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue, WA on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  The event is being sponsored by Weedhire.com job board, and will showcase “High Paying Jobs In Legal Marijuana” from Washington Companies, including: IONIC, Evergreen Herbal, Eden Labs, Viridian Sciences, RMMC, Marijuana Venture, Blue Line Protection Group, BioTrack THC and many others.

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.