Cannabis Industry Job Fair in Denver

CannabisThousands of job seekers waited in line last week for a cannabis industry job fair in Denver. Over a dozen marijuana businesses were looking for employees to fill jobs such as marijuana trimmers, marketers, shop counter personnel, and pot tourist guides.

About 1,200 people attended last Thursday’s job fair, the first ever in the industry. The first job seekers arrived about five hours early and waited in line outside the Denver office building where the fair was held. The fair was organized by O.penvape, a company that makes vaporizers.

Some fair attendees traveled from as far as California and New Mexico. Organizers had expected about 600 attendees. They now say that the next fair, which is already being organized, will probably need a bigger venue.

Recreational sales of pot began in Colorado in January, and the state is experiencing a financial boom from the new businesses. The Colorado Department of Revenue last week reported $14 million in marijuana sales and $2 million profit in taxes for the month of January, a number expected to grow as more sellers are licensed.

Business owners hope to find quality new talent at the fair. David Maddalena from The Hemp Connoisseur magazine said that his job posts frequently attract people who are excited to work in the industry but do not realize the amount of work that goes into running a successful business. The Hemp Connoisseur was hoping to expand its advertising staff as circulation increases in Colorado and moves into Oregon and Washington.

Todd Mitchum, O.penvape’s chief revenue officer, said there is a mistaken belief that pot jobs pay three times as much as regular jobs, but says salaries are actually competitive with other businesses, or perhaps just a little higher.

Positions requiring employees to be in direct contact with cannabis will require a “badge,” which is a marijuana occupational license. Obtaining a badge involves confirmation of Colorado residency, and a criminal background check, and costs either $75 or $250, depending on the job.

The types of businesses represented at the Denver cannabis industry job fair were varied. There was a tour company searching for tour guides to help pot tourists find their way through the new industry. In addition to sales and counter personnel, dispensaries hunted for web designers and bud tenders.

One attendee at the fair was a New York Culinary Institute graduate who hoped to find work somewhere that infuses pot into foods. Another hoped to find a company that would want to develop his concepts for marijuana ice cream. Another with an advanced degree looked to find an opportunity in research.

People are coming from all over the world to work in the budding Colorado pot industry. Some have even relocated to Denver to take advantage of the new opportunities.

Twenty states and the District of Columbia have so far passed legislation to allow medicinal marijuana sales. Colorado and Washington State are the only ones to have legalized recreational pot.

Interestingly enough, pot was prohibited at the Denver cannabis industry job fair, either in line or at the fair. Mitchum said he thought it would be inappropriate to come to apply for a job while stoned.

By Beth A. Balen

Los Angeles Times
The Denver Post
U-T San Diego

One Response to "Cannabis Industry Job Fair in Denver"

  1. Vidian Lawrence   March 21, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    It’s a gift to be simple. What is simple? All human life requires food, water, shelter, and work. Gasoline is being wasted when workers need to drive across town to jobs they hate. Marijuana is now legal in Colorado. This is the North and South all over again. Innocent marijuana users are slaves in non free States here in the U.S. Until marijuana is legal in all the States, the U.S. is not free. However, to ensure freedom, the free States must have a reservation of land. In which the slaves in the non legal marijuana States can leave, and come live and work in the the free States.,+goddess,+wisdom,+wicca,+wiccan,+witch,+christ,+proverbs,+8,+sophiology,+wise,+lady,+alchemy,+israel,+jew,+jews,+bride,+of,+god,+pope.jpg <— Link to the Colorado freedom reservation base.
    Each family who wishes to escape non smokers' Tyranny, will pack their bags, and a freedom bus must travel to each slave State. They will ride in the buses to the Colorado Marijuana freedom base, and work in the vegetation feilds. They will also pedal bike's with generators to produce electricity. These freed slaves, will not require drivers licenses. Since they work in the feilds next to their rooms. This will decrease Gasoline prices and usage.
    So this idea covers food, water, shelter, and work. And, Guarantees real Freedom in the U.S. If other States choose to be slave States, so be it. However, without offering a reasonable chance for the U.S. smokers to live and work in a Free State, proves the United States is and has always been a Slavery Country.
    Your Servant, Wiccan Pope


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