Is there a job in the cannabis industry for you?

Is there a job in the cannabis industry for you? Probably! It is my honor have Johnny Green from Green Flower guest blogging here.  I know you will get a lot out of this informative post. Is there a job in the cannabis industry for you? Probably! By Johnny Green on Sep 10, 2018 Working in the cannabis industry is one of the most exciting things a person can do. No other industry is as popular and desirable as the cannabis industry is right now from an employment perspective. For many decades people could not pursue a career in the legal cannabis industry because a legal cannabis industry did not exist. Now, with the spread of cannabis reform and the rise of the cannabis industry, opportunities for meaningful careers in the cannabis space are becoming more common. That’s right. Jobs. Lots of jobs. Cannabis industry workforce estimates are mind blowing Marijuana Business Daily published statistics in 2017 that estimated how many jobs the legal cannabis industry has created. The numbers are nothing short of astounding. According to MJBiz’s research, the cannabis industry employs between 165,000 and 230,000 people either full-time or part-time. To put that into perspective, we can compare it… 

California Cannabis Fail

California Cannabis Fail – Ouch! California cannabis fail!  California cannabis businesses’ cry out for cannabis-trained and educated employees after losing nearly 20% of their marijuana product to failed government tests of potency and purity. The state began legal sales on Jan. 1 and gave companies six months to sell old stockpiles of marijuana and edibles produced before the testing requirements went into place. After the testing started on July 1, nearly 20 percent of products (2,000 out of 11,000) failed tests for potency and purity.  Some people claim that the failures are not a problem with the product but are instead, a function of unrealistic government standards.  Nevertheless – what a hit to the bottom line and cash flow. California Cannabis Fail – Contamination Contamination was not an issue with illegal marijuana.  Who knew what was in it?  Now that the testing has been imposed, testing companies are finding pesticides, solvents, mold, yeast and bacteria (including salmonella and escherichia coli) that far exceed acceptable limits. Nearly 400 batches since July 1 have been found to be tainted by unacceptable levels of pesticides. Contamination by bacteria and molds caused 114 rejections.  A lot of this could be avoided if… 

Marijuana Facility Dangers

Marijuana Facility Dangers Marijuana facility dangers are a surprise to many, but not to a fire fighter. Preventing marijuana facility fires and other safety concerns offer good incentives for marijuana facility managers to hire staff who have some formal education in marijuana.  Marijuana facility dangers are everywhere so safety in all respects is a concern.  In particular, fires are a major threat. As a result, Arizona officials are warning about marijuana facility dangers, most critically, fire risks.  Arizona alone, has had several incidents including 2 fires at medical marijuana facilities and a chemical spill at another facility. Dangers Marijuana facility dangers vary in growing, processing and sale facilities.  These facilities can contain chemicals of varying danger if inhaled and chemicals that are flammable or that may explode.  Marijuana itself which, if burning, would require fire fighters to use their breathing apparatus or get lit themselves. Marijuana facilities commonly contain fertilizers which can be very explosive. Butane or other flammable solvents are often used to manufacture certain marijuana products and must be stored and handled carefully.  Dangers include chemicals like herbicides, insecticide and fungicides and even mold.  In one case, a fire fighter became ill several days after fighting… 

Oregon’s Growing Pains

There is a great article in the UK’s Guardian today about Oregon’s growing pains.  This should be a wake-up call for all states who are writing, tweaking or planning legislation on marijuana legalization, both medical and recreational.  It outlines a dramatic decrease in medical marijuana dispensaries after recreational marijuana was legalized – from 420 to 8! Patients are either buying illegal marijuana on the black market or are suffering without. Additionally there is a report by the Oregon Health Authority which outlines Oregon’s growing pains in detail and which I will summarize for you in a future blog. Karla Kay, the COO of Pharmex summed it up this way “All the people that we made these laws for – the ones who are desperately ill – are being screwed right now and are directed to the black market”.   Oregon keeps tweaking the laws and the regulators can’t keep up.  There is an over-production of marijuana that is likely headed for the black market and Oregonians worry that this could prompt a federal crackdown. Oregon’s weed has turned up in arrests in over 30 states. There is no good reason why the states can’t properly regulate the industry without… 

NORML Conference and NCIA Business Summit and Expo Report

NORML Conference and NCIA Business Summit and Expo Report I just got home from a solid week of cannabis business immersion.  Monday and Tuesday I was in Washington DC for the 2018 NORML Conference and Lobby Day. After that I immediately flew to San Jose California for the National Cannabis Industry Association’s annual convention- the NCIA Business Summit and Expo.  What a week! I don’t even know where to start.  I accumulated so many contacts and so much information that I plan to share with you.   NORML Conference The NORML Conference was great.  There were two basic tracks. The first was information specific to NORML and how to ensure your NORML Chapter is effective and on top of things. The second track was for cannabis business.  There were panels, debates, and individual speakers covering a wide range of topics. There were speakers talking about things like: Marijuana and its impact on the opioid crisis, How to get your local politics on Marijuana reform as a social justice issue I really feel like just about everyone there was as optimistic as I am that marijuana legalization is coming in the not too distant future.  People agreed with me… 

Cannabis Beer and Other Cannabis News             

Cannabis Beer Lagunitas Brewing Co. in Petaluma, California has released a new product – a cannabis beer inspired sparkling water, laced with THC.  It comes in two strengths. It is called Hi-Fi Hops Sparkling Water.  The highly (pun intended) anticipated product comes out on July 30, 2018.  In 2017 Lagunitas released SuperCritical Ale, a cannabis beer with marijuana aromatics, but no THC. Cannabis beer and other cannabis beverages are clearly the wave of the future, especially as smoking, in general, is not as popular as it used to be and it impact those in your vicinity unlike a beverage. Deloitte Consulting recently released a Cannabis Report that estimated that 3/4 of Canada’s projected $21 billion marijuana industry in Canada will be beverage-based. This Fall, another brewer is releasing a THC laced cannabis beer.  This time, real cannabis beer but with the alcohol removed after the fact, to make it legal. It is very much illegal to sell products with both alcohol and THC right now so real cannabis beer isn’t available yet.  We wouldn’t want to run afoul of the government, would we? Speaking of The Government Oklahoma – Speaking of government laws and regulation…  The cannabis industry is so… 

More Cannabis Jobs Now!

More Cannabis Jobs Now! More cannabis jobs now! A couple of articles in the New Jersey Advance caught my eye today.  Both articles point to the explosive growth of marijuana or as I call it – more cannabis, more jobs. More cannabis jobs now! One of the articles, “Judge orders town to pay for man’s medical marijuana. What that could mean for N.J.” explains how a  worker’s comp judge om N. J. required the town to reimburse the employee for the medical marijuana needed to treat his muscular spasticity.  The town had argues in court that to pay for his marijuana would violate federal law but the judge didn’t buy it and said they didn’t have to provide the marijuana but just reimburse him for it.  Also weighing into the judge’s precedent-setting decision is that there is fear that this employee would otherwise become addicted to opioids. The article goes on to say that the medical marijuana program in N.J. has grown from 16,000 patients at the beginning of the year to more than 25,000 and that the program grows by about 100 patients per day. At some point soon, on top of the pressure to allow medical… 

Marijuana is Big Business

Marijuana is Big Business Marijuana is big business.  Big business means jobs.  Check out this list of headlines on a cannabis-business related website for just one day:   Make no mistake that no matter your feelings about legalization of marijuana, marijuana is big business and it is coming down on us like a freight train that can’t be stopped.  As such, there is an unprecedented opportunity for people and businesses to think about a new career or entrepreneurial opportunities.  You don’t have to be big pharma to make a business in relation to the cannabis industry.  There are hundreds if not more ways businesses support the industry…providing specialized employees for temporary projects, accountants who specialize in cannabis-based businesses, recruiters of cannabis-trained employees, security firms, independent auditors,  technology based businesses, etc. Also, because it is a new industry, there will be more and more types of businesses that don’t even exist today but will, when entrepreneurial folks like you see a need and start out to meet it.  It takes a lot of electricity to grow marijuana – maybe this can be a boon to the solar cell industry.  Ditto water.  Perhaps there is an opportunity there for new… 

Marijuana Entrepreneurs in Canada

Marijuana Entrepreneurs in Canada What is going on with marijuana in Canada?  Last month, Canada’s parliament voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use and the marijuana entrepreneurs stood up and took notice!   There is going to be a serious boom in marijuana products. People are talking about creating cannabis drinks, cannabis hooch, maple syrup candies and lollipops spiked with cannabis.  What a huge opportunity for marijuana entrepreneurs!  People who have an entrepreneurial spirit should get their hands on some cannabis education as soon as they can so they can get in on the ground floor with this. Entrepreneurship when you don’t have investors  or even a big source of your own money can be the best kind.  Marijuana entrepreneurs can start small and learn your mistakes the easy way and be in full control of your destiny.  So you decide that you have it in you to be a marijuana entrepreneur but you don’t know where to start?  I’ll give you some clues here.  First, get some cannabis education. If you are eager and ready to get started (as most marijuana entrepreneurs are) and have the time to get this cannabis education on the fast track?  Then you… 

New York Urges Banks – Work With Medical Marijuana Companies

Banks and Medical Marijuana Companies The head of New York’s Department of Financial Services is asking that state-chartered banks work with medical marijuana and industrial hemp businesses in New York. The state Department of Financial Services issued instructions to state-chartered banks  that promised the state won’t go after any banks that serve legal medical marijuana businesses. Many of these marijuana businesses have had trouble finding banks who will serve them due to the federal prohibition on marijuana. This has resulted in the medical marijuana businesses needing to rely heavily on cash which is not good business for many reasons.  Without banks working with medical marijuana businesses, it makes them great prey for thieves for one, the employees on payday with a pocketful of cash is not a great idea and it can make for some sloppy bookkeeping and some customers don’t want to carry cash.  This is pretty ground-breaking for New York because New York is the regulatory capital of the world and never met a regulation they didn’t like. Now if we can get the feds on board too… No Arrests Speaking of New York – in NYC, the Mayor has told the NYPD to stop arresting…