Let’s say we ask you to think up with some jobs in the cannabis industry. What comes to mind?
We bet it was pretty tough to come up with more than two—you know, two that didn’t wind down to straight up growing or selling.
The thing is, though, the industry has grown exponentially since cannabis began its course of legalization at state level across the US. Loads of jobs have been created. Even some more conventional jobs you might not expect. These days there are several new, more mainstream ways to get involved in the industry.
You can even earn a degree this year in marijuana chemistry. That’s a thing now.
Anyway, check it out—here are five interestingly normal ways to work in the cannabis industry.
1. Cannabinoid Extraction
Ok, maybe just one job directly involving cannabis. Cannabinoid extraction involves using sophisticated tools and techniques to isolate different cannabinoids. Some of these isolates are used to create concentrates like shatter or dabs, and many are used for research purposes.
The processes involved in cannabis extraction are quite technical and can often be dangerous. In many cases, a background in chemistry and experience with lab equipment are actually required. Maybe that means it pays pretty well, though.
2. Glassware Production/Marketing
The history of glassware within cannabis culture is a short but storied one, marked by events such as the dawn of the artistic hard glass bong (thanks to godfather Bob Snodgrass’s “fuming” process) and “Operation Pipedream” – responsible for landing Tommy Chong in jail for 9 months back in 2003.
Things are different nowadays. The ongoing widespread legitimization of cannabis is bringing glassware with it, and the demand for glass bongs, pipes and, more recently, vaporizers is only increasing. Whether you’re a glassblower or salesperson, it’s probably not a bad time to get into the business.
Marijuana isn’t legal all across the world (or even all across the United States), so enthusiasts in areas where it’s still restricted often visit legalized areas to learn more about the expanding industry and freely partake in the culture. This creates some interesting business opportunities for persons living in cannabis-friendly zones. Locals in some of these areas operate guided tours of dispensaries and other facilities, provide cannabis-friendly accommodations or offer cannabis-related entertainment.
Cannabis tourism is still in its early stages, but this might really just mean a less saturated market. If you happen to live in Colorado, Washington, Oregon or any area where cannabis has been legalized for recreational use, maybe it’s worth looking into.
For many of us with skills and experience outside the realm of cannabis, these assets need not go to waste. Since pot’s legalization in Colorado in 2014 and the resulting ripple effect across the United States, several legitimate cannabis-related businesses have sprung up, creating a number of corporate positions.
Basically any any position you can imagine within a regular office will have its equivalent within the office of a cannabis business. Whether your skills relate to accounts, sales and customer service or even management, it’s totally possible to find a job within the cannabis industry with a salary matching that of a comparable position in others.
5. Information Technology
There’s no shortage of work for coders, web developers and other IT professionals within the legal cannabis industry—and this makes sense. It’s unusual these days to operate almost any business without a website, an app or some kind of custom-designed software. Someone needs to design and maintain this stuff.
Websites aside, dispensaries, farms and other canna-businesses often need customized software to process transactions, manage accounts and inventory or pretty much anything a regular business needs software to do. Some, such as Leafly or MassRoots, are purely web or mobile based and are pretty much run by dedicated teams of developers and designers
So there you have it. It’s totally possible to work within the cannabis industry without necessarily having to directly involve yourself with stalks of green gold. Our list here barely scratches the surface.
We may have to do a follow-up.