Marijuana Job Fair Draws 1200 Job Seekers

marijuana job fairA recent marijuana job fair drew over 1,200 job seekers. Prospective job seekers starting showing up at 6am and by the start of the event at 11am, people were lined up for a block down the street. In what has been described as the nation’s first marijuana job fair, organizers were elated with the public response.

Tim Cullen, who operates two marijuana shops in Colorado, is one of the partners that hosted the job fair which  they call CannaSearch. The job fair included 15 companies that were seeking prospective employees in the marijuana industry.

Pete Vasquez, who is general manager of Medicine Man, a marijuana dispensary in Denver, had a stack of resumes sitting in front of him. He said the turn out has been great. Shannon Foreman, the owner of HempTemps, who provide staffing for the marijuana industry, said the demand for employees is outrageous. She stated her job was to fill that need. Luke Ramirez, who owns Walking Raven Wellness Center, said his sales have increased 300 percent. He said he needs additional staff to deal with the increased revenue.

Marijuana legalization advocates have long argued that job creation would be a by-product of legalization. The job fair in Denver not only sought out  job seekers with marijuana cultivation skills, but also white-collar and management positions. Tim Cullen, who represents the Colorado Harvest Company and Evergreen Apothecary, said they were seeking bookkeepers, CPAs and legal professionals.

Standing in line for hours, many of the 1,200 job seekers had high expectations of landing a job in this marijuana job fair. Nancy Lopez, 21, drove 14 hours from Bellville, Texas with anticipation of landing an entry-level position. Jack Valin, 27, who said he had a background in hospitality, has been searching for a job for six months. Shannon Irvin, who drove from St. Louis, waited in line for two hours to enter the job fair.

The marijuana industry has now seen 20 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana. Many more are expected to follow, as legislation is pending in many state legislatures. The recreational use of marijuana is now legal in the states of Washington and Colorado, as of the first of January this year.

 Over $1 billion in marijuana sales are expected in Colorado for next fiscal year, according to the office of the governor. Lawmakers from around the country will be closely following the sales of marijuana in Colorado. Voters last November passed Amendment 64 that legalized marijuana. It imposed an a sales tax of 25 percent on the sale of marijuana. Tax collections on marijuana sales could surpass $100 million according to state budget forecasters. A large proportion of the revenue produced will be used for school construction and the funding of substance abuse programs.

The recent marijuana job fair in Denver, that drew over 1,200 prospective job seekers, is what they refer to here locally as: “Colorado’s Green Rush.” This industry provides exciting opportunities for young people, according to Michael Elliot who heads up the Marijuana Industry Group. He stated that it has been a very harsh economic  decade.

By  John J. Poltonowicz


CBS Money Watch


CBS Denver

2 Responses to "Marijuana Job Fair Draws 1200 Job Seekers"

  1. Gerg Sexton   April 5, 2014 at 10:31 am

    my wife Bobbie and Im Greg we would love to come stay for awhile.Im almost 58 and have many old school skills.If we could live off the land we live on that would be much better than going to Denver.

  2. Vidian Lawrence   March 21, 2014 at 4:35 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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