Now that cannabis is legal in some form in 33 states, the cannabis business is booming. From from medical marijuana to CBD oil, to consumer-facing and investing, there are a wide variety of jobs in this industry for smart entrepreneurs who want to get in early. It is no longer the back-street business of the last decade. Jobs in cannabis-related businesses have grown 690 percent in 2017 and 2018 and is expected to keep growing by 220 percent in 2019 alone.
Even if you’re not a billionaire investor, there are plenty of ways to work in cannabis. Here are the most in-demand jobs in marijuana right now:
The most familiar job is dispensary manager or budtender. The first person most people think of is the one they interact with. The staff at a marijuana dispensary is probably the only people many consumers interact with. In the beginning, cannabis dispensaries were small startups, with a few people doing most of the work. Now they are billion-dollar businesses with a corporate structure. A dispensary manager must have some business experience as well as a knowledge of how medical marijuana helps with the various conditions it is used for.
Legal cannabis is grown in a more quality controlled environment. The need for qualified lab technicians has become a growing need. A lab tech will test for THC levels, contaminants, and pesticides. Many states require that a third-party facility test all cannabis products before they can be sold in a dispensary. An independent cannabis lab can ensure that product sold conforms with the legal requirements of the state. The lab tech should have a good understanding of the differences in the different cannabis plants.
Long before cannabis was legal hopeful entrepreneurs were creating brand names and applying for patents. The problem remains today, how to get the word out about cannabis product. Because cannabis is still not legal at the federal level traditional advertising channels aren't available. A Brand Ambassador is usually needed to get the word out and build a customer base. They do this by going to trade shows, posting on social media, and word of mouth.
Like any agricultural industry, cannabis growers need someone to get the product from growing station to store. In the case of cannabis, it is a Trimmer. Trimmers will prune buds off plants as they become ready for sale. They must have a good understanding of the anatomy of the cannabis plant. They should know the difference between the strains so that they harvest each at its correct time. It is a physical job; trimmers are paid by weight so they must be able to work for long periods of time.
All cannabis businesses will require the services of a compliance manager. The rules and regulations will vary from state to state, and in some cases county to county. Keeping up with the laws and paperwork involved will be the job of the compliance manager. They will be in charge of inventory tracking, staff protocols, plus understand tracking software and taxes. It will be their job to keep the cannabis business within the perimeters of the law.