If you’re like the 55% of Americans that are looking for a new job, you might want to check out the thriving cannabis market. Whether you want an entry-level position as a delivery driver or want to become part of the c-suite of a new flower brand, there are opportunities for nearly every type of skill level in this relatively new industry. And if you love weed, which we’re assuming you do since you’re here, there’s nothing better than getting to work around your favorite plant from day to day.
Have we got your attention? Good. Read on as we answer all your questions about how to get a job in the cannabis industry.
Do I need experience to get a job in the marijuana industry?
Like many jobs outside of the wacky world of weed, you do need some job experience. However, it doesn’t have to be directly linked to cannabis in order for you to get hired. Of course, this varies from job to job, but don’t feel like you don’t have a chance if you’ve worked with weed before.
Things your future employers might be looking for include:
Transferable Work Experience
Let’s say you want to be a graphic designer for a local cannabis retailer—then you have to show your experience as a graphic designer. It doesn’t matter if you’ve worked with weed before, what matters is your skillset. Let’s say you want to be a delivery driver. Have you worked for a rideshare company or delivered pizzas? Then that is transferable work experience. Whatever role you want, you just have to show that you’ve done something similar before or are willing to learn something new.
If your resume is all over the place and you’ve bounced from job to job, that may be a red flag. The cannabis industry can be fickle so your potential new boss wants to feel as though you’re going to stick around even when the industry fluctuates.
Being on time is kind of the bare minimum, dude. Employers can often forgive a lack of experience if you show up on time and are ready to work. And stoners are notoriously bad with time management, so if you respect the time of your coworkers, it can go a long way in setting you apart from the pack.
Having excitement and passion for cannabis can also help you in your pursuit of employment. Don’t fake your resume or anything silly like that to get the job, just be genuine about your love for the plant and be yourself. If you’re truly passionate about getting into this industry, you’ll get what you want in one way or another.
And one more thing about experience: While we don’t suggest leading with this right out the gate, having illicit market experience is not necessarily a bad thing. Many of us have partaken in weed before it was legal so we get it. If you feel strongly that you’ve had some, shall we say, “under the table” experience that might be relevant or helpful for your case, explain it in the best light possible and you never know what might happen.
How do I find a job in the cannabis industry?
You know what they say: A closed mouth don’t get fed. So ask! Spread the word that you’re looking for a job or talk to your pals that already work in the industry. You can also search for industry events in your area to network in person.
Being that weed is now legal in a large part of the country, you can also use more conventional job search methods like Indeed, LinkedIn, or Zip Recruiter. With these search engines, you can typically narrow your search by location, job title, pay, and more. Then, all you have to do is submit your resume and any other required documents for the position.
Keep in mind that no matter what avenue you choose, persistence is your friend. It may take some time to find the right job at the right time but just keep at it. Eventually, the stars will align.
How do I get a job at a dispensary?
One of the most popular entry-level jobs is to work for a retailer like JARS. Whether you want to be a budtender, a manager, or something in between, all you need to do is apply. If you have a specific place in mind, go inside and ask for an application. Come prepared to have an interview on the spot just in case management has time that day. And if they don’t, it’s always smart to put your best foot forward.
Make sure to consider the legalities.
Before you being your search there is a good deal of red tape that you’ll want to consider. First, make sure that weed is legal in your state and note whether it is recreationally legal, medically legal, or both. This may help inform what kinds of jobs you’re looking for or what to expect. Other considerations include:
- Must be 21 or over
- Must be willing to undergo a background check
- Must have reliable transportation (even if its your legs or a bike)
Now Get Out There!
The world is your oyster. Do your research, follow these tips, and persistently put your best foot forward, and you’ll find your dream job before you know it.