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How To Get A Job In The Legal Marijuana Industry

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now hiring marijuana job jobsThe marijuana industry is the next great industry in America. There are almost two dozen states that have legalized medical marijuana (not including CBD only states), and there are currently two states with a legal recreational marijuana industry (Colorado and Washington). Soon, Alaska and Oregon will also have a legal recreational marijuana industry. Between now and the end of 2016, there are over a dozen states that could potentially legalize recreational marijuana, and several states could legalize medical marijuana during that same time. Almost all of the businesses involved in the growing industry will have a need to hire employees

For a long time, when people thought of getting a marijuana job they were referring to something in the black market. People would flood into Northern California and Southern Oregon to get jobs as plant trimmers during harvest season. Or people would get a job as a courier, transporting black market marijuana from one place to another. Those days seem almost ancient these days. There are still black market jobs like that of course, but a legal industry has transformed, and dramatically expanded, the list of marijuana industry jobs that are out there.

Right now the medical marijuana sector is much larger than the recreational sector because there are so many states with legal medical marijuana compared to recreational marijuana. The medical marijuana sector has been around for a lot longer than the recreational marijuana sector in the two states that have both. So right now, most of the jobs are in the medical marijuana sector. That will obviously change as more states legalize recreational marijuana, and the recreational marijuana customer base expands.

If the e-mails and social media messages I receive are any indication, the interest in getting a legal marijuana industry job is growing rapidly. Most people want to grow marijuana, or work as a budtender. But I always tell people to explore other avenues too. There are many jobs in the industry that go beyond growing and selling. Almost every job you can think of outside of the marijuana industry can also be found inside of the industry these days. There is a growing need for accountants, marketers, ad sales staff, graphic designers, web developers, software engineers, and many other professional jobs that most people don’t associate with the marijuana industry.

Obviously, there are not marijuana jobs in every state, so moving is often required. In a perfect world you would be able to get a marijuana job in the South and stay close to home, but that is simply not possible until reform is achieved, rules are worked out, and a legal industry is established. Right now most of the legal marijuana jobs are found in the West, such as in California and Colorado.

Probably the best way to get a job in the legal marijuana industry is through networking. The easiest way to get a job is to know someone inside of the company, which is no different outside of the industry compared to inside of the industry. If you don’t have a friend that works at a marijuana company, try to see if you know a friend of a friend. If that doesn’t work, try to make friends on the internet or some other way. Anything to get a foot in the door.

A lot of the people that I know in the industry got their jobs by volunteering first. This of course has its drawbacks, especially if you are poor already. But if you are able to volunteer with a company for a month or two to show off your skills, it helps a lot. You can have a great resume with a lot of experience in other industries, but the marijuana industry is a different animal, and most of the people in the industry are relying on over-promising to keep their new job in the industry. It’s only a matter of time before they under-deliver and are let go, and it will be hard for them to get a new job in the industry once they have a bad reputation. If you volunteer first, and let your skills speak for themselves, you will increase your chances of landing a permanent position.

One thing that I always tell people when they ask me how to get into the marijuana industry is to PROCEED WITH CAUTION. I have seen so many people get burned in this industry. This industry is full of sharks that will use you, abuse you, steal your credit, not pay you for your labor, and leave you under a bus. That’s not a big deal if you are in between jobs, get a job at a local dispensary, and have time and energy to burn. But if you are going to travel across the country to work for someone you haven’t met before, and the job sounds too good to be true, you are likely setting yourself up for a nightmare scenario.

Ask around before you take a leap of faith like that. If the person or company has a bad reputation in the industry, it’s likely for a reason. Don’t let your dreams of working in the legal marijuana industry blind your judgement. I have been offered many jobs in the industry, just to see those offers fizzle quickly. Do you research on the company. Get everything in writing as much as possible so that there are no surprises. If the company or boss isn’t willing to come correct straight out the gate, chances are they are not the boss or company that you should be trying to work for.

I was able to find three websites that list marijuana jobs. If I find others, I will make sure to add them as time goes by. I have seen these three websites pop up all over the place, and they seem to be the most reputable out there. With that being said, I don’t personally know any of the people behind these websites, so take their listings for what you will. Good luck in your job hunting!

Marijuana Industry Job Listing Websites:

THCJobs.Com

CannaJobs.Com

420Careers.Com

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  1. I am very interested in working for your company. I would like to find out where you are located, city and state.
    Thank you very much,
    LaNett Shaw

  2. Hi, my name is Roxana, I am 19 years old, I just moved to Las Vegas and I want to get my feet into the cannabis industry. I have always been fascinated with marijuana and I want a career path in this industry. So far though, I do not have a medical MJ card, but I want to know if there is any way possible way of getting hired and being helped with getting one at the same time.

  3. Cassandra Clark on

    Hi I’m Cassandra Clark and my fiance Daniel Shaw we’re looking for a job in the medical marijuana career that provides housing as well.. we’re hoping to help legalize marijuana all around the USA please contact us if there is position available.. looking forward to hearing from someone
    .

  4. uvaldo herrera on

    the only thing I know in these live is cannabis I understand the medication used for it and what it can be used to help the human body mind and soul.. I also was a user of the medical plant however due to living in texas and how most of all careers here do not allow for the used of this medical plant..so l’ve learnd to sadly live without it butt maintain my focus on my priorities here in texas ..what I’m trying to say is that I know that I would make a great addition to the team and nothing in this world would me happier then to succeed to move out of here and to engaged in God county and work in a wonderful company or industry for I know I would love to wake up and give a thousand percent for the career opportunity that I would love to have..so take me into consideration and know that I’m willing to relocate to work at any positon …thank you uvaldo herrera

  5. wilson farms on

    $3,000/month + bonuses depending on performance + $75/day when watching the property overnight.

    This job is on-location in California and Arizona. We have a fully self-sufficient studio apartment that has been recently

    constructed and ready for the cultivator. It is separate entrance and driveway from the main residence. The rent is free

    for the cultivator.

    Weekly hours average to around 20 hours per week.

    In general, the majority of the work can be accomplished in first part of the day.

    We are looking for someone that doesn’t mind staying on the property when the owners are away. For times when the property

    needs to be watched overnight, the cultivator will receive an additional $75/night.

    JOB REQUIREMENTS

    -Daily Feedings
    -Foliar Sprays
    -Equipment cleaning
    -Daily tending to plants
    -Transplanting and Harvesting once a month
    -Watching the property when needed

    YOU SHOULD BE:
    -detail oriented
    -some experience working around cannabis
    -horticulture or botany background
    -easy going, easy to work with

    We need 3 good references. Also, please send us a cover letter telling us about yourself and why you’d make a good fit.
    No criminal background please.

    We are looking for a 1 year commitment please.

    How to Apply

    Please send your references and a cover letter telling us about you and why you’d make a great addition to the team. You

    can email us at danilalopers3332@gmail.com or text/call (857) 256-1312

  6. natalie hernandez on

    I’m looking for a seasonal trimming job or perhaps something better, anywhere up north. I’m from Florida, 19, working at a dunkin donuts full time, willing to leave as soon as possible.

  7. Look I’m 18 hard working and I need a job I’m available in week if anyone else see this please help me out my name is Dion Nelson I live Georges Drive 5717
    & I have Instagram my name on there is storm fire 2

  8. Weed News Freak on

    Grow jobs are extremely difficult to find. You’ll need something to do for about a year while you trim or work a “get in the door job”. It’s 100x harder than everyone thinks.

  9. I recommend folks check out Viva if they’re interested in entering the medical cannabis industry in California. Our company is growing rapidly, but we’re still at the early stages and there is a HUGE opportunity for the right entrepreneurs to join our platform and cultivate their clients amongst the 600,000 medical patients in California spending almost 2 billions dollars a year on cannabis products. We still have a TON of room for growth in our company, you can learn more at http://joinviva.com

  10. Mi-Cree-Ni Quash-Mah on

    DIY spend your money spend your time spend your physical strength DIY

  11. Alejandro Mijares on

    Hi Ryan.
    I’m from Houston TX and I want to joy the cannabis business I have some experience in growing, but I thought my self. Obviously I have to move to join. And I’m thinking of Colorado. Can you give me advise on what would I need to do to get a job in a farm.. once I’m in colorado.

  12. Alejandro Mijares on

    Are things going better since you moved to colorado? Have you been able to find work?

  13. Alejandro Mijares on

    I live in Houston TX, my sources are limited. I was thinking of moving to Denver colorado work in a cannabis grow farm, i been trying to learn everything about marijuana, from growing to budtender. but I don’t know where to begging can some one give me some advise on how to make my first move?

  14. Tina Brooks-Smith on

    I currently work in Hospice in illinois.I am looking to find a job in marketing .How do I got started and where do I look?

  15. Im trying desperately to find info about regulations and restrictions for marijuana workers with felonies. I am very interested in a career in this field and need to know how my felony will effect my plans. I looking at Oregon or California but I’m not limiting myself to just there. PLEASE if you can give me some information I would really appreciate it. Thanks

  16. I’m about to make a move to bend OR, and I am from ft Collins CO. I really want to start doing something that I enjoy and love, and working with cannibas is one of those things. I have many years experience of trimming, sales, strains, and just growing in general. I’m having a hard time finding places to apply. If anyone out there in bend OR is hiring, or knows some one who is hiring, or can even just help get my foot in the door would awesome. Thank you! Get at me people

  17. Mirtha Duque on

    I just moved to Colorado Springs got started on cannabis because I have uncontrolled seizures I got tired of all the meds being prescribed which were controlling my seizures but were making me more sick from everything else. My cousin promised me work plus a lot of other stuff. Basically she left me holding the bag. Now I am here I took a leap of faith but since I already made the move I want to see it through. I am looking for work plus housing for the time being. I am in Colorado Springs.

  18. Rebecca Harberd on

    I’m sorry to hear about your friend, life can be brutally unfair. I feel the same way as you do about modern meds. Have you thought about acupuncture? If I can’t find my place in this industry, that is my plan.

  19. Kamil Wojtaś on

    I’m currently a college student and with every passing day I see how corrupt my school is and how big industries are all in the same way corrupt. I originally wanted to go to college to be a doctor or a vet but now that i’ve learned of the horrors of ‘modern medicine’ i dont think i could prescribe an animal let alone another human some crap chemical compound that has been created in a lab such as benzos and painkillers. I want to make a difference. I want to help and endorse the benefits and uses of medical marijuana. I have witnessed what chemotherapy does to people with cancer, and I have also witnessed what cannabis does to people with cancer. I prefer the latter. I lost a friend at the age of 18, and even though he may have died anyway from the cancer, I would have rather him live out the rest of his days pain and stress-free, not pumped full of poison that incapacitaed him and left him to rot. I just want to prevent other people from going through what I had to go through.

    I have no idea how to pursue a career and make my mark in the cannabis industry, so I guess this is my first step

  20. Not too hard when it’s your one true love it. I definitely had to jump over a couple obstacles but it was well worth it, now I just want to get myself into the industry any way possible ideally using my electrical license but I’ve lived for Mary Jane she saved me. Seems to be harder to get into the industry because I have no resume because it just became legal.

  21. I finally got my marijuana license I live in Connecticut it’s a little too hard to get into the industry, i know what im meant to do my dream job.I’m an electrician license but I hate working outside in the cold so I’m willing to start small and work my way up. Im in love with Mary Jane she’s been the love of my life always will always has been if anybody can help me out. or point me in the right direction because I’m at a crossroads in my life, my email address is Munsonrich3@gmail.com. I am willing to relocate to California Oregon Denver.

  22. Hello everybody!! I live in Northern CA and have been working in the mmj industry since 1999. I am trying to find a job within the industry in Oregon preferably in the Bend area. My family is all living in the Bend area and where I live in Nor Cal is getting all bad most of the cities are putting bans in place after being very open and accepting for years. I have sent out my resume and singed up to several mj job finding sites to no avail. Can someone please help I am willing to sell my house and head to Oregon but I need to know I have some employment waiting for me in the mj industry wether it’s in the Medical mj or recreational side. I am extremely passionate about the Medical mj witch I have been working in for over 18 but the recreational side sounds good to me as well. I know if I would have to prove myself and earn my way up to a good position. I am not looking for a hand out just a hand up so that I can start a new adventure. I will make someone a good employee/team member just need someone to give me a opportunity.you can email me at funn_dadd@msn.com Thanks.

  23. Hello everyone!! I am on here looking for advice and help. I know very little about the entire process and its inter working. I live in Pa so there has been no location of place for me to acquire this knowledge; however I am a very hard worker, good with my hands, and am a very quick leaner. I am willing to relocate to the west coast and was thinking of starting in the delivery service field and than like everyone I have a plan to achieve what I really want to achieve out of this. If anyone on here is hiring, knows of anyone hiring, or could even just point me in the right direction I would really appreciate any help. P.S. I am not some kid looking to get free ride and get to a legal medical/recreational state. To me this is a medicine that can really help people in so many ways, and I have found a way that it helps me that nothing else has been able to. So again any feed back would be much appreciated. Wish you all the best.

  24. I am a junior accounting major and graduate fall 2017. I plan to move to Denver CO an hopefuly get a bookkeeper position in the cannabis industry or maybe an entry level accountant job. I hope there are a lot more accounting positions next year than there are in 2016.

  25. Johnny Green (or anyone else knowledgeable), is there a good online certificate training program that you can recommend? There’s quite a few online training colleges (or instruction schools). Cannabis Training Institute, Cannabis Training University, Hempstaff, Oaksterdam University, THC University, etc etc. Is one better than another? Do MJ employers put any value or weight into taking these courses? Is there really any benefit to taking them? I am finishing up an A.S. in Horticulture, but I’d like to supplement it to make my resume as strong as possible. Thanks!

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