California’s Recreational Cannabis = Budding Job Opportunities
An Analysis of Overall Cannabis Growth
California is expected to become the largest recreational cannabis market in the world. According to a reputable analysis report, by 2020 the market in California will exceed $6.5 billion dollars.
Perhaps Tony Dayton, CEO of The Arcview Group, summarizes it best, saying “California is the 6th largest economy in the world. The opportunity for jobs, tax money and wealth creation made possible by California ending marijuana prohibition cannot be overstated.”
This projection of growth is no surprise since it’s estimated that 20%-25% of Californians are recreational cannabis users.
It’s not just recreational users that are excited either. Lori Ajax, the head of the Bureau of Cannabis Control in California, said “I know this sounds crazy, but we’re looking forward to January 1st […] this is what we’ve been waiting for, what we’ve been training for. It’s time…”
Even though dispensaries must adhere to strict rules and obtain certain licenses, recreational dispensaries are set to grow in California.
While there are only a few places that will be serving up recreational cannabis today due to the number of licenses granted thus far, dispensaries are expected to expand in number and grow in profit. According to The Chicago Tribute, California has issued 42 retail licenses so far. Luckily for users, about 150 more licenses are pending or being processed. The news outlet also reports that the state expects thousands of applications in the early months of 2018.
Not only are recreational dispensaries opening and being licensed, but medical dispensaries are seeking dual licenses. This is expected, as medical dispensaries are expected to lose some business to recreational locations starting today. Due to increased numbers of patients and recreational users, dispensaries will be seeking managers, budtenders, receptionists, and even security. If you’ve always wanted to work in a dispensary, now is the time.
California has done an excellent job of ensuring, through legislation, that farms will grow economically due to recreational cannabis. Initially, CA legislation restricted licensed cannabis farms to 1 acre, giving farm farms a head start in the cannabis business. That law has since been changed (due to the predicted demand) and will give bigger agricultural farms the ability to obtain licenses starting today as well.
For months, farmers have been preparing for recreational cannabis. ABC reports that cannabis farming has created an entire job market; for migrant and seasonal workers, cannabis trimming has opened many doors economically, with talented trimmers making far over $100 per day.
Trimming is not the only job that is available on cannabis farms across California. If you have knowledge of growing techniques, germination, irrigation, breeding strains, or even hydroponics, working on a cannabis farm could be in your future. Farming, and all of the skills that surround breeding, growing, and harvesting a successful crop involves so many skills. While you may have never sought out to work in the cannabis industry, there are many opportunities in this area.
Under California law, the transportation of cannabis is very restricted. The legislation reads that it is prohibited to use “aircraft, watercraft, drone, rail, human-powered vehicle and unmanned vehicle.” While this might seem a bit excessive, it means that jobs in this industry will be in huge demand.
Not only do cannabis organizations transport weed using their own delivery systems, but there are entire organizations dedicated to the transport of cannabis products. These organizations provide security, keep their legal documentation up-to-date, and even help with inventory and security systems. Throughout the state of California, these independent transport organizations are popping up, and you better believe that they’ll be busy starting today.
Non-Cannabis Related Industries Will Benefit Too
Yes, cannabis-related businesses are going to benefit and expand economically while also creating numerous job opportunities. What you might not have thought of is that other businesses are going to benefit too.
Ask yourself, “where do I spend money or go when I’m using cannabis?”
These businesses are expected to profit as well, and they know it. In various Long Beach locations, Jack in the Box will be serving up Munchie Meals in celebration and recognition of recreational cannabis. Their CMO, Iwona Alter, says “Jack’s Munchie Meals have been successful for us because of the authenticity of how we speak to our customers. This partnership is one more way for us to connect with them – whether you’re at a concert, up late playing video games or pulling an all-nighter. We are about welcoming all of our guests, no matter what they’re craving or why they’re craving it.”
Ringing In The New Year With a Cannabis Job
It’s January 1st, and recreational cannabis is legal in California. Today, you can, enjoy it! Tomorrow, be sure to research and check out the new cannabis job opportunities in the industry.