Career opportunities growing in the marijuana industry

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
There are opportunities abound at cannabis-related job fairs.

The industry has been growing in Colorado since medicinal marijuana dispensaries were legalized in 2000.

DENVER, CO (CNNMoney) - Seeking: web developer, marketing associate and budtender.

The jobs run the gamut, but they're all open positions at companies in the marijuana industry, 15 of which will be talking to potential candidates Thursday at a cannabis-related job fair in Denver.

The industry has been growing in Colorado ever since medicinal marijuana dispensaries were legalized in 2000, but growth exploded this year after the state legalized recreational marijuana starting on Jan. 1. More than 160 businesses have been licensed to sell recreational weed to the public since then.

One company produces THC-infused products like chocolates and drinks and sells them wholesale to licensed businesses. Some expect Dixie Elixirs & Edibles to add to its 40-person staff this year. They are seeking to create a pool of potential candidates at Thursday's job fair.

Taylor West, deputy director at the National Cannabis Industry Association, said it's hard to track how many jobs have actually been created in the young, fast-growing industry.

O.penVAPE, maker of vaporizer pens, and its sister companies Organa Labs and Bakked which make elixirs, could double the number of its employees to more than 200 this year, said spokesman Todd Mitchem.

O.penVAPE is holding Thursday's job fair at its headquarters, which Mitchem says is Denver's first for the cannabis industry. On Wednesday, Mitchem said he was prepared for 1,000 people to attend, but really didn't know what to expect. He heard from some job seekers that are even traveling from out of state.

It's not just growers and dispensaries. There's even a couple of marijuana tour guide companies expected to attend the job fair.

Some people want to jump into the booming industry, taking any job they can get, while others are hesitant to take a job in a nascent industry that's not even completely legal in most states.

That's why he wants to meet job candidates face to face. The company is currently looking to fill an IT position.


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