With marijuana legalization comes the opening of a whole new industry that has never been tapped before, and this means more job opportunities for the select few who qualify. Armed with a real enthusiasm for marijuana, you have the capacity to place yourself in a good position within the industry that is sure to evolve as time goes by.
CheatSheet has compiled some lucrative (and not so lucrative) opportunities that have opened up because of legal cannabis:
This may not be the most exciting job on the list, but it is one of the most essential. There’s got to be someone who will check patient and customer records or ensure that all accounts and shipments are in order. Many professionals like accountants and marketers can find a fresh start in this industry, even though the pay may be a bit lower. Still, it’s bound to improve as time goes by.
Equivalent to a bartender, a budtender assists customers on the counter by offering advice on various cannabis strains, edibles, and concentrates so that you get the effect that you’re looking for. Obviously, this job requires extensive knowledge about cannabis products being offered so that they can answer any issue that a customer may have. The pay is attractive, but it requires loads of training because a budtender can make or break a business.
- Concentrates Processor
Those with chemistry backgrounds can become a concentrates processor, which involves working with a variety of cannabis concentrates like Rick Simpson oils, hash oils, and dab and shatter, to name a few. These products have high concentrations and can have very powerful effects especially to medical cannabis patients. While the pay can be very lucrative, it is important to note that being a concentrates processor requires considerable skill as it can be potentially dangerous.
Every industry has consultants, and that includes the marijuana industry. Those who have knowledge on the ins and outs of the market can provide very valuable feedback, from growing cannabis to jumpstarting cannabis ventures. Even marketing consultants can help startups get their brands off the ground. It needs specialized knowledge, but it’s a great opportunity for those who fit the qualifications.
- Courier and Delivery
Courier and delivery services are already thriving within the medical marijuana community, with many patients unable to visit their local dispensaries. Marijuana can be delivered by bike, truck, or even through luxury services. The pay may not be that great, but there’s always a chance for a huge tip.
- Edible Creator
There are simply so many varieties of edible marijuana that being an edible creator is a potentially worthwhile opportunity. From baked goods and candies to oatmeal and coffee, the possibilities are endless and the sky is the limit. One caveat though: The edibles industry is a very competitive space, not to mention a bit of a regulatory nightmare as of the moment. Still, it would be nice to get a head start into this industry that’s poised to go bigger.
While people can grow their own weed at their backyard, commercial marijuana still needs to be grown by able farmers who have already developed techniques to cultivate the perfect product through the years. Though it requires a lot of skill, time, and money, being a cannabis farmer nevertheless is an exciting and profitable venture, especially now that weed is being accepted in a growing number of states and countries.
- Glass Merchant
Though this industry is not a direct offshoot of the marijuana industry, it is still considered related because glass merchants are the makers of pipes, bongs, and vaporizers. As the prohibition falls across the country, there will always be customers looking for marijuana smoking paraphernalia that you happen to create.
The role of regulators varies from state to state, but inspectors and regulatory staff are necessary in emulating order and control in this very young industry. They need to be knowledgeable about the laws that can evolve over time. They also need to be wary of overregulation because this can have negative economic effects. Lots of opportunities in the regulation department will definitely open up as marijuana legalization gains momentum.
- Retail Shop Owner
If you’re a cannabis-loving entrepreneur, then this is your chance to own a marijuana retail shop. This may not be an easy task right now given the regulatory hurdles, but it will become easier as the industry opens up. But since this is a managerial task, you need the necessary business and entrepreneurial skills in order to keep your business afloat. You would also need to hire support staff and supplies, which means more job opportunities for more people.
It looks too good to be true, but yes, there is a need for marijuana reviewers. Many patients rely on reviews in order to know if a certain strain is helpful for their condition or not. After all, there are many hybrid cannabis strains other than the basic sativa and indica, and each type can deliver a wide array of effects. It’s not easy to find this dream job, but they’re definitely out there.
Many retail locations are in need of security personnel for checking IDs and guarding privacy for customers. They also ensure that money and product transfers go off without a hitch. Right now, most opportunities are for security work in urban locations, but this might soon open up as more and more states legalize weed.
- Seed Harvester
This job goes hand-in-hand with farming, but seed harvesting is a bit more specialized. That’s because harvesting and selling seeds require jumping around lots of legal loopholes, especially in states where growing marijuana on your own without a license is deemed illegal. Yet, there is a big market for those who sell seeds and infant plants. You just have to familiarize yourself with the law in your state to see if this is considered legal.
Trimming is the process of taking buds from plants and chopping off the larger leaves to make it lighter and aesthetically pleasing. As a trimmer, you make sure that customers get value from their money. The pay may not be very high and the job can be a bit tedious, but it’s a steady one because trimming is one job that just needs to be done.
Colorado and Washington tourism really took off when they legalized recreational marijuana. Tourism companies make a living by taking tourists out and giving them an overview of the cannabis industry. It also opens up a lot of opportunities with cannabis dispensaries, as they can tie up with tourism companies to get more clients.
- Web and Software
Companies like Leafly, Viridian Sciences, and WeedMaps are carving an online space for marijuana, since software for running cannabis businesses is important. These sites also assist weed users in selecting their marijuana product while also creating a robust online community of weed users. Web and software developers will definitely have a place in such companies.
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