Liz Gehl: Sourcing Talent for the Cannabis Industry

Liz Gehl is the founder and CEO of Gehl Search Partners, a talent recruitment firm that specializes in finding qualified personnel for highly regulated industries with a focus on positions in sales, marketing, strategy and planning, compliance, finance, accounting, and administrative roles. We recently caught up with Liz for an interview about what makes a […]

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New Jersey Legislation Would Expand MMJ Program

New Jersey Sen. Joseph Vitale has unveiled an early draft of legislation to expand the state’s medical cannabis program which would see several conditions added to the qualifying conditions list, increase the purchase amount per 30 days, and set up employment protections for the state’s registered patients, the Press of Atlantic City reports. What else […]

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Rhode Island Dispensary Employee Denied Mortgage due to ‘Unacceptable Income’

An employee at a Rhode Island medical cannabis dispensary has been denied a mortgage by Home Loan Investment after the company deemed his “marijuana-related business” income unacceptable, according to a GoLocal, Providence report. John Guardarrama, a cultivator for Summit Compassion Center, was previously given preliminary approval for the loan last July but was denied final […]

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Employees of Arkansas’ Largest Airport Could Be Denied MMJ Use Under Policy Proposal

Proposed personnel policy changes at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field would allow airport employees to be fired if they test positive for cannabis, even if they are registered with the state’s medical cannabis program, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. The voter-approved constitutional amendment does include language that provides for “safety-sensitive” positions to be subject […]

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Connecticut Court Allows MMJ Patient Lawsuit Against Prospective Employer to Continue

A U.S. District Court judge in Connecticut has rejected a request to dismiss a lawsuit against an employer who rescinded a job offer after the applicant, a registered medical cannabis patient in the state who suffers from post-traumatic stress-disorder, tested positive for cannabis on a drug screening. The employer Niantic Operating Company, doing business as […]

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How to Find Cannabis Employment: Be Proactive and Put Yourself Out There

The rapid rise of employment opportunities generated by cannabis legalization is revealing just how great cannabis is for the US economy. Recently, Forbes reported that the marijuana industry is on pace to create more jobs than manufacturing by the year 2020. From retail, to cultivation, to lab science, startups across all sectors of the industry […]

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Shaping Fire: Kristen Baldwin, Running a Professional Trimming Agency

We are excited to bring this special episode of Shaping Fire, hosted by Shango Los, to the Ganjapreneur audience. Shango recently interviewed Kristen Baldwin, the director of operations for Green Mountain Harvest, a Colorado-based cannabis trimming agency that sends its employees to grow sites around the state to help commercial and residential growers complete the […]

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Five Qualities Important for Employment in the Cannabis Industry

As the legitimized cannabis business expands across the nation, those interested in establishing fruitful careers in this rapidly growing industry are faced with a number of challenges. These trials exist largely because, as more states legalize both medical and recreational cannabis use, industry frontrunners scramble to establish themselves amidst a wash of fluctuating legislations. However, […]

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Juana Career? Leading Cannabis Industry Staffing Firm Launches National Career Fair Series

Viridian Staffing, the cannabis industry’s first and best known professional staffing, recruiting & HR consulting firm is launching a national career fair series under the banner of its new “Juana Career” brand. Being a Washington-based company, founded in 2013, before a single i502 license was issued, Viridian Staffing will be holding its inaugural ‘Juana Career’ Fair […]

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Cannabis Career Fair Expected to Fill Over 1000 Jobs

Denver, CO – The cannabis industry’s largest career fair ever is happening tomorrow in Denver! As the legal cannabis sector continues to grow in Colorado, Vangst–formerly Gradujuana–is just two days away from their second cannabis career fair. Vangst currently has over forty-five cannabis companies attending to recruit over one thousand available positions. The second career fair […]

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Max Montrose: Budtender Best Practices

If cannabis normalization is a battle, budtenders are on the front lines. From seasoned tokers who are looking for nuanced recommendations to first-timers who have no idea what being high even feels like, a budtender should be able to offer helpful suggestions to match any customer with the right product to ensure they have an enjoyable […]

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Hawaii Dispensary Applicant Strikes Deal with Union

Green Aloha Ltd. has reached an agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 480, according to a Bizjournals.com report. The union represents more than 1.3 million retail and grocery workers across the state, including members of its Cannabis Workers Rising program. “This is a new industry here for Hawaii but it’s not a brand […]

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Washington State Creates Cannabis Worker Protection Standards

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has released a set of worker protection recommendations for the cannabis industry. The document, entitled “Worker Protection Standards (WPS): Requirements for Marijuana Growers,” was developed in response to the growth of the cannabis industry there. Normally, worker protection standards in the agricultural sector are created by the United States […]

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Unions Partnering Up with Cannabis in Washington State

A labor union is defined as “an organization of workers formed for the purpose of advancing its members’ interests in respect to wages, benefits, and working conditions.” Cannabis Workers Rising (CWR) is a wing of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) involved in the cannabis industry across six states and the District of Columbia. […]

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David Murét: Getting a Job in the Cannabis Industry

Want a job in cannabis?  David Murét of Viridian Staffing joins show host Shango Los to discuss where the jobs are in this exploding market and how you can get one. Viridian Staffing is a recruiting agency in Washington that connects employers with job-seekers in the legal cannabis industry. Companies in Washington have hired Viridian to find and place […]

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Robert Calkin: Making Cannabis Careers Possible

Our most recent interview features Robert Calkin, founder of Cannabis Career Institute, an innovator among marijuana schools. Robert is also president of the nation’s first and arguably most successful branded MMJ delivery service, Green Dot Delivery. “One of my life lessons has been underestimating people’s ability to make something happen through sheer will.” In this interview, Robert […]

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David Murét via Viridian Staffing: Connecting Employers and Job-Seekers in the Cannabis Industry

Recently we had the pleasure of interviewing David Murét of Viridian, a staffing agency for the cannabis industry based out of Seattle, WA. Viridian was founded in 2013 by David and his business partner Kara Bradford to offer staffing, recruiting, HR consulting, and outsourcing services to companies within the medical and recreational cannabis industries, as […]

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These Corporate Professionals Ditched Their Careers to Become Ganjapreneurs

The cannabis industry holds lucrative opportunities for business-minded folk who are willing to risk their reputation (and potentially much more, given marijuana’s federal classification as an illegal and dangerous substance) on the expectation that the industry will only continue its upward growth. Four years ago, Derek Peterson was a vice president at Morgan Stanley, where he managed a $100 million fund. […]

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How to Get a Job in the Marijuana Industry

Not long ago, talk of growing, producing, and selling cannabis was only ever discussed in the dark corner of some hazy backroom or basement. Now, the question has come out in the open: how do you make a career for yourself in the marijuana industry? Obviously, the advent of legal recreational weed in Colorado and Washington, not to […]

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