How to Know If a Career in Cannabis Is Right for You

If you are considering a career in cannabis such as one of the common marijuana job positions we fill, there are a number of questions you have to ask yourself. Here are a few starters.

How Do I Feel about Risk?

Risk is one of the biggest factors in the growth of the cannabis industry. Technically, every employee in cannabis is violating federal law, even if they’re acting within the bounds of state laws. There is a temporary cease-fire in effect between the federal government and state governments right now, but that could change at any time, resulting in major penalties for everyone in the industry. If you can’t handle that risk, a cannabis career isn’t right for you.

How Do I Feel about Change?

Some people love change. They thrive on it. For others, change is stress. In the cannabis industry, change is the only constant. We are all still figuring out how this works, and that includes regulators, so it’s common for new rules to be passed down and a certain deadline for fulfilling them and everyone has to scramble to meet it. If you can’t handle it, this might not be the right job.

How Do I Feel about Counterculture?

It’s not true that only people outside the mainstream enjoy marijuana, but those people certainly do. In a cannabis career, you might be asked to work with people who are far outside the mainstream. And even if you’re in a counterculture group, you may find yourself working closely with people from a different group whose values are very different from yours. If you can’t chill out and work with a broadly diverse group of people, a cannabis career might not be right for you.

Am I Prepared to Start at the Bottom?

Obviously, the vast majority of jobs in the cannabis industry are at low-level positions. You may feel you’re qualified to jump right to the top, but you may have a hard time convincing someone of that, right off the bat. You might have to work at the bottom to demonstrate trustworthiness and knowledge before you work your way up to the position you want. Another option is working as a temp staffer or contract-to-hire where the staffing company vouches for you at first.

The good news is that promotions in the cannabis industry often come faster than traditional industries.

Are You Excited about the Possibilities?

There are a lot of potential downsides to cannabis careers, but there are also a lot of great opportunities. If you look at the future and it fills you with a sense of excitement, then a cannabis career just might be your best option.

If you’d like to learn more about the excitement of a career in the cannabis industry, please contact Ms. Mary Staffing today.


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