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 Leafly.com.

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).

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.

Will Work For Weed

WASHINGTON: Start practicing your elevator pitch — the 60-second speech to land you a dream job in the cannabis industry.

The Marijuana Business Association is hosting a job fair and networking event featuring up to 50 cannabis employers and keynote speakers from across the state. Spokane is host to the third MJBA job fair to date. MJBA co-founder David Rheins says upward of 100 jobs were filled at last year’s job fair in Bellevue.

“You can’t find a cannabis job on Craiglist or Monster.com,” he says. “This is an unprecedented opportunity to meet this many employers who are hiring in one room.”

So bring your résumé.

Employers including BioTrackTHC, Triple T Farms, Blue Roots Cannabis and the Walla Walla Cannabis Company will be on hand, alongside speakers like Eden Labs CEO AC Braddock, who will address cannabis business models and the gender pay gap. Both skilled and unskilled workers in industries as varied as web design and agriculture are encouraged to attend.

“This green rush is unlike other economic booms,” Rheins says. “There are more opportunities in this new market, and employers are looking for workers across the spectrum — from insurance salesmen, to growers, to bankers, to security guards.”

MJBA is a Seattle-based trade organization founded in 2012. The organization is 420 businesses strong, with chapters across Washington, Colorado and Oregon. MJBA provides networking and business platforms for the recreational marijuana industry, with sponsored banking seminars, meetups and job fairs.

“We have a very mature cannabist culture, but an underserviced industry that doesn’t have the tools to function,” Rheins says. “When voters approved the commercialization of cannabis, it didn’t provide a framework for real estate, or insurance, or the very basic business principals that this emerging industry needs to flourish under such scrutiny.”

The association essentially teaches “Business 101” to the hundreds of mom-and-pop stores that have opened since I-502 passed. The job fairs aim to not only highlight, but normalize professional trades in the marijuana industry, and bring together the once-underground community.

“Our disadvantage — our lack of infrastructure — is also our biggest advantage,” Rheins says. “We can build a more intentional market.” ♦

Spokane Cannabis Job Fair • Sat, June 20, from 10 am-4:20 pm • Free • 21+ • Spokane Convention Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • mjba.net • (425) 892-9221

 

Get A Job — In Legal Marijuana

By Gary ODD Edmund

MJBA Job Fair Spokane is Saturday, June 20th at the Spokane Convention Center

MJBA Job Fair Spokane is Saturday, June 20th at the Spokane Convention Center

Gary ODD Edmund found his career in legal cannabis – drawing his own comic, “The Bud,” featured here on the MJNewsNetwork. Gary and The Bud suggest that if you are interested in finding your place in the fastest growing industry in America, you start by attending an MJBA Job Fair.

The next MJBA Job Fair is Saturday, June 20th at Spokane Convention Center. Sponsors include the Marijuana Business Association, NORML, Wahington’s Finest Cannabis, Cannabis Training Institute, Blue Roots Cannabis, Analytically Correct, Foundry Law, Eden Labs and many of Washington’s top industry employers.

MJBA’s Cannabis Job Fair Brings Together Top Employers and Job Seekers

WASHINGTON: The legal cannabis industry in Washington is poised to scale in 2015, as more licensed retail stores come online and relatively low price points drive consumer demand.  According to the latest MJ Research report, Washington’s cannabis industry has surpassed $100M in sales in its first 33 weeks of legal sales, and that is in turn creating jobs.In response, many canna-businesses are getting into hiring mode.

The legalization of marijuana has created thousands of new jobs — 10,000 in Colorado last year.  This year that trend will only continue, as more stores open and more product becomes available.

This weekend in Seattle, the MJBA Job Fair will become ground zero for those interested in a career in legal cannabis — bringing together Washington State’s top cannabis industry employers and HR professionals and industry thought leaders with local job seekers.

MJBA Job Fair March 3, 2015 at Red Lion Hotel Bellevue WA

MJBA Job Fair March 3, 2015 at Red Lion Hotel Bellevue WA

The full day event includes a 2015 Jobs Outlook, and featured employer presentations from Producers, Retailers, Processors and service providers. Author and motivational speaker Tiffany McVeety will speak on “Being Your Own Boss” and CTI’s Greta Carter will talk about the importance of training and certification.

Job candidates will have the opportunity to take the stage and deliver their 60-second elevator pitch.Last fall’s MJBA Job Fair garnered tremendous publicity, and attracted approximately 500 people, according to organizers. More than 30+ employers turned out as sponsors seeking to fill more than 140 jobs. This year’s event, is being sponsored by RMMC Consulting, Eden Labs, Cannabis Training Institute, Viridian Sciences, 420MEDIA, and Weedhire.com, and looks to be even larger.

Here are some highlights of the media coverage of Job Fair Seattle last fall:

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/09/29/washingtons-top-pot-companies-recruit-at-seattle-job-fair/

http://www.bellevuereporter.com/business/277490131.html

http://viridiansciences.com/first-pot-job-fair/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuBKheGPvcE

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.

Cannabis Job Fair Draws Hundreds

WASHINGTON:  From security to software, agriculture to transportation, the Marijuana Business Association’s cannabis job fair was unlike any Kevin Donald’s ever attended.

“I would like to understand more about it,” he told one employer at a booth inside a Bellevue hotel.

Donald came all the way from Raleigh for the Marijuana Business Association job fair Saturday. He’s a college professor with a PhD and has never worked with pot.

Just under 500 job seekers networked for opportunities. They ranged from the long time unemployed to career cannabis industry insiders.

Evergreen Herbal’s Marco Hoffman VIP Presenter At MJBA Job Fair

WASHINGTON:  The cannabis industry is on fire, pun intended, and with it comes employment opportunities for everyone from cannabis connoisseur to novice.  This Saturday’s MJBA Job Fair is a one-stop shop for those seeking employment in the growing industry.  Evergreen Herbal, a premier Washington based medibles and smokeless alternatives producer, is looking to fill three positions at the event:

  • Kitchen staff: bakers, chocolatiers, and packagers
  • Office: admin/bookkeeper
  • Sales: inside and outside sales

Marco Hoffman, CEO of Evergreen Herbal, will be speaking about these positions and the industry as a whole at the event on Saturday September 27th, 2014.  Don’t have experience growing cannabis or making medicated chocolate bars?  No problem.  “Even though we are in the cannabis industry, we are still looking to employ professional people,” Marco said.   “The industry is so young that of course we are going to have employees who don’t have experience working with cannabis.  That’s okay.  Having a strong sales background selling car parts can set you up to be a great medibles sales rep.”  Marco and other cannabis companies are hopeful they will be able to hire cannabis-friendly and qualified job seekers this weekend.

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.