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Available domestic marijuana jobs nearly double the opportunities in law enforcement.

“Do what you love, and you will never work a day in your life.” As far as empty clichés go, there aren’t a lot of other things that bother me as much as they bother me. If I could make a living by rewatching “The Wire” and enjoying my sweet tooth, I wouldn’t write this column. As bleak as walking into a job, some industries are more attractive than others. The burgeoning cannabis industry provides a career path for cannabis advocates who have been preaching the medicinal properties of hemp for free for years.

One look at major job sites shows that the cannabis industry is alive and well in the Tampa area. A quick search for “Cannabis” on Indeed returns 119 pages of job listings, in contrast to Law Enforcement returning only 58 pages of results. Now, I’m not saying that hemp is twice as important to the economy, but Indeed seems to be saying so. If you get your grip on this comparison, you really should relax. At least I’ve done a little research and it’s more than I can say about people who are afraid the COVID vaccine is making them magnetic.

Within the cannabis industry, there is opportunity for almost everyone. Do you have retail experience? Why don’t you stand behind the counter in the dispensary? Green thumb? Agriculture may be your calling. Delivery Drivers, Packaging Technicians, Accountants etc. The jobs available in the Gulf region are as varied as they are numerous.

Let’s say you’re passionate about cannabis, and your current career path proves unfulfilled as an argument against single-motivated healthcare. In this case, you may want to consider transferring your skills to the cannabis industry. Our professional lives often find us in a position to promote a product or service that can drastically improve people’s quality of life, and medical marijuana does just that. I’ve spent years working with people in industries that have made me question whether or not I really need to pay my bills. When the 2008 recession hit, I was stuck working for Bubba the Love Sponge. Unable to find another job, I simply thought of becoming homeless. In the end, I returned to the bartenders because pouring craft beer for the thirsty was more fun than serving xenophobia and misogyny as entertainment.

When it comes to career advancement, I can’t offer much formal advice. I don’t have any suggestions on how to “dress up for success”. I can’t give you the “Top 10 Things Employers Want to See on a Resume,” however, regardless of the shock, I was very proud of my work history, and was able to work in industries that might seem closed to outsiders. From producing adult content to performing pause across the United States and in multiple countries, I’ve carved a path toward the life I wanted to live, no matter how twisty that path might be.

My work history is far from tradition. He is undoubtedly the envy of the corporate ladder climber determined to be invited to this year’s leadership retreat in Sedona. I would definitely like to visit Sedona but not while having to discuss the importance of corporate synergies.

The only thing I have found useful for entering a new industry is asking for advice. So I reached out to Curaleaf to get ideas about the burgeoning cannabis industry in Florida and how to approach finding work within it.

When the 2008 recession hit, I was stuck working for Bubba the Love Sponge. Unable to find another job, I simply thought of becoming homeless.

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Curaleaf is not only a leader in the cannabis industry from a retail perspective, but it is also a leader when it comes to the number of people it employs. The seven Bay Area clinics employ about 100 people, and the company has plans to add additional locations in our area. More sites to better serve the needs of cannabis patients means an increase in the number of professions they can provide. “Okay, Steve, I’m convinced that Koralev is big and growing up, but how do I deal with them?”

Curleaf’s regional vice president of retail, Kate Smith, was kind enough to give us some guidance. When asked about some of the common traits Koralev looks for in potential employees, Kate said, “Flexibility, resilience, empathy, passion for a personal relationship, a sense of urgency, and a sense of humor are all great qualities we look for in a candidate.” Additionally, she suggested that Anyone interested in joining the cannabis industry in Florida should “connect with someone who is currently in the market, whether it’s at a dispensary, at an event, or on LinkedIn. At Curaleaf, we encourage potential employees to be themselves and let us know why they are stars.” rock music “.

This is advice from the top of the company ladder for one of the leading cannabis employers in the Bay Area, but what can a dispensary employee on the ground advise when it comes to getting started? I reached out to my friend Kayla. She is a well known dispensary manager. According to Kayla, “Most MMJ dispensaries are typically looking for a candidate who is able to pass a level 2 background check, given the large amounts of products and cash we work with on a daily basis.”

But it’s not just about getting a clean slate. It comes down to having that passion for medical marijuana. Kayla continues, “Other than that, we usually look for people who have a real interest in the plant and all of its medicinal uses. I’ve found that our best employees tend to be sick or at least have some experience with using the plant in their personal lives.”

Well, gang, if you want to get into the cannabis industry, you need to get into it. Use your platforms to become an advocate for the benefits of medical marijuana, attend industry events, network, and meet people. Does the idea of ​​communication give you immediate anxiety? I get it. As someone who has spent years and years (and years and years) in marketing, I have hated nothing more than a “marketing encounter”.

“Let’s all get together and talk about the different ways we can separate people from their money for a product they probably don’t need.” Bleach. In hindsight, marketing might not have worked for me. In any case, if you have had a negative reaction to the idea of ​​meeting up with like-minded cannabis professionals, this industry is probably not for you. Since cannabis is, after all, an industry, you need to approach it the same way you would any other profession.

Your odds of being hired because you posted a video of yourself pulling a sick bit of double bubble pong without coughing are probably low. Get involved, get involved, and start making the industry aware of your presence. Come and be there and be prepared when an opportunity arises. Not in “Oh, damn, I need to get some sort of a restraining order.” More in “Hey, this guy is really serious about this industry.” If I had to explain the difference to you, you probably need more help than I can provide.

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