AMA about Cannabis Industry Employment

Feb 12, 2018

HempStaff is the industry leader in medical marijuana recruiting and dispensary training. We are your marijuana industry headhunters, as we specialize in finding management level employees, such as Master Growers, Extractors or Dispensary Managers, even if we have to relocate them from a different state. We are also there for the inexperienced candidate, with dispensary agent training and certification, that can help them find medical marijuana jobs. 

This AMA will answer any questions you may have about working the cannabis industry, from training suggestions to salaries, to the best states to work in, to what type of jobs exist in this industry! 

James, the CEO of HempStaff, will personally be answering questions submitted.





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Would HempStaff eventually move into other products besides marijuana if more drugs are legalized?

Feb 13, 5:03PM EST0

Does the cannabis industry helps increasing the overall drug addiction percentage?

Feb 13, 2:23PM EST0

What other drug do you think should be legalized beside marihuana?

Feb 13, 1:42PM EST0

Why is it so important to legalize cannabis?

Feb 13, 12:28PM EST0

What do your relatives think about your participation in this industry? Do they support you?

Feb 13, 10:32AM EST0

What sets your company apart from your competitors?

Feb 12, 6:32PM EST0

How many interviews do you usually conduct for one position?

Feb 12, 3:54PM EST0

If you are asking how many interviews a candidate must go through, it usually 3-4 interviews before they are hired.  If you are asking how many people we interview for a position, we try to find at least 5 qualified candidates for each opening, so we interview as many as it takes to find those 5 qualified candidates, the more skilled the position the more people when end up interviewing.

Feb 12, 3:56PM EST0

Where is HemStaff currently located? Which according is a better place between Colorado and California to get a job in cannabis cultivation?

Feb 8, 2:49PM EST0

HempStaff is a nationally company.  I would certainly say California over Colorado.  Colorado is a saturated market and currently over 50% of those with a worker’s badge do not working the cannabis industry.  California is just opening their recreational market which will create thousands of jobs state wide.  Just be prepared to start at the bottom and work your way up!


Feb 12, 11:07AM EST0

Do you have tips for good startup ideas in cannabis business for 2018?

Feb 8, 9:57AM EST0

The best advise I can suggest is looking into what you are good and and love doing - then how that applies to the cannabis industry.  There is no point of starting a business doing something you do not like ...

Feb 12, 11:05AM EST0

What are your expansion plans for "Hempstaff" in future?

Feb 6, 9:11AM EST0

We plan to expand in the US as states legalize in the United States, for example Oklahoma is up for medical marijuana vote in June. We have also created a partnership with a Canadian Cannabis Recruiting Company as well.

Feb 12, 10:59AM EST0

Where are you located? and how's the response locally?

Feb 6, 8:43AM EST0

HempStaff is a nationally company. I am personally located in the Miami area, where our headquarters is. The response in Florida is mixed, while there are 70,000 patients, there are many many more not signing up for the program because there is limited product and specifically no smokable flower. There is currently a law suit stating the Amendment should allow flower, so we will see how that goes...

Feb 12, 10:58AM EST0

What's your advice for all those who are seeking jobs in Marijuana industry?

Feb 6, 1:21AM EST0

Our first piece of advice is to seek training, entry level cannabis jobs get hundreds of resumes, and owners will look for those with previous legal experience or training to call for interviews first. Plus, it will help you speak more intelligently at these interviews.Our second piece of advice is to attend cannabis networking events - you never know who you might meet at these events and what it might lead to down the road!

Feb 12, 10:56AM EST0

How do you connect the prospective clients with the prospective job seekers in the Marijuana industry? What's the process like?

Feb 5, 6:42AM EST0

We have several recruiters around the country.  Depending on the job requirements we get from the client our recruiters will reach out to their contacts, then if it's a Dispensary Job, they will reach out to our past trained students, for other jobs they will search our database of registered candidates.

You can become a registered candidate by registering for free on our website: www.hempstaff.com  Make sure you put any specific skills in the Notes section or if you are willing to relocate and to where.  When our recruiters get a job opening that matches your location and skills they will reach out for a resume to review, and go from there.  

Feb 12, 10:54AM EST0

The cannabis industry is still on the edge with new developments, rules, and regulations which are under scrutiny from time to time. Do you think people still question the stability of the industry before seeking jobs in it?

Feb 5, 4:12AM EST0

Yes, that stigma was just starting to go away until Jeff Sessions entered the picture and recinded the Cole Memo.  We have seen a lot more people skeptical of getting a job in the cannabis industry since that has happened.  I personally think nothing will happen the medical marijuana industry - it's very difficult to take medicine away from people.  However, the recreational market is what we think Mr. Sessions may come after - but those states are ready with a court full of lawyers if that happens.

Feb 12, 10:52AM EST0

How long have you been operating your business? How many employees work for your company?

Feb 1, 9:11AM EST0

HempStaff was founed in April 2014, currently we have 13 employees including myself.

Feb 12, 10:47AM EST0

Who is eligible to receive an order for medical marijuana products?

Jan 31, 9:27AM EST0

Those who receive a recommendation from a doctor and/or a state medical marijuana card.  Each state differs on what qualifies you for a recommendation or card, so you would need to check with your specific state to see if you would qualify. 

Feb 12, 10:46AM EST0

What are the hours, and what will be the work expectations for a master grower?

Jan 31, 9:18AM EST0

The hours are usually 40-60 hours per week, depending on the size and how many other employees. The expectations are that you maximize the yield of the cannabis product, in the end it is the Master Growers job to make sure every plant produces as much as it is expected to and will pass testing.

Feb 12, 10:45AM EST0

Do you need a special license to run your business? What laws apply?

Jan 31, 7:51AM EST0

No special licenses or insurance is needed for cannabis recruiting that is not needed for other industry recruiting.  The same laws apply as other recruiting industries.  One difference is we currently do not offer Temp Work, our recruiting services are all Permanent Placement, and the candidates are hired and paid by the licensed cannabis companies, not HempStaff.

Feb 12, 10:43AM EST0

What is something your company has done that you are proud of?

Jan 30, 10:05PM EST0

We have helped hundreds, if not thousands, of people who are passionate about cannabis get into the cannabis industry. Nothing makes me and the HempStaff team prouder than when someone we trained, spoke with in person and we know their passion then contacts us extremely excited that they were just hired, either by us or by a company directly. This happens often, but still but a smile on our face every time, it is a good to feeling helping someone find a job that they will love doing.

Feb 12, 10:41AM EST0

What does the hiring process consist of and how long is the training course?

Jan 30, 1:31PM EST0

The hiring process depends on the positions.  Generally when we get a client in that needs an employee, we will contact possible candidates via email for an updated resume. We will then schedule a pre-screening call with our recruiter.  If you pass the pre-screening we send you resume to the client and set a phone interview if they wish to speak with you.  We then schedule in-person interviews and handle any salary negotations.  When an offer letter is given we run a federal background check on the candidate, and if everything checks out we offer the candidate the job with a specific start date for the client.Our training course is 4 hours long.  You can get detailed information by selecting a location on our website:  https://www.hempstaff.com/medical-marijuana-job-training

Feb 12, 10:38AM EST0

Where are you located? Are you hiring internationally?

Jan 29, 9:01PM EST0

We are a national United States company, we have recruiters across the country.  Currently we do offer recruitment to Canada as well.

Feb 12, 10:36AM EST0

How can one obtain a dispensary agent training and certification? Where can they get it, asde from HempStaff?

Jan 29, 5:35PM EST0

We are the only state customized classroom style Dispensary Agent Training and Certification that is standardized and offered in several states, in person.  However, if you can't make it to our training classes, there are others that are offered in specific states or online.  However, we can not say how legitiamte they are as I have not taken them personally.You can get our training schedule on our website: https://www.hempstaff.com/medical-marijuana-job-training

Feb 12, 10:34AM EST0

How does one become a Master Grower? Do you also offer training and certification in this area?

Jan 29, 4:52AM EST0

to become a Master Grower it takes years of experience in the legal cannabis industry.  We do not offer training in this area, as each cultivation center as their own techniques.  Generally, someone starts off entry level as a trimmer or site worker, if they have a horticulture degree they may start as an asst. grower. The best workers are quickly promoted in this industry to asst. growers as well. After about 3-5 years as an asst grower, the best ones go on to be promoted or get jobs elsewhere as a Master Grower. Master Growers with about 3-5 years’ experience then go on to become Directors of Cultivation for larger centers, which may hire several Master Growers that they would oversee.

Feb 12, 10:32AM EST0

How big is your potential market?

Jan 28, 2:12PM EST0

We are a national company, so as recruiters and trainers our market is as big as the legal cannabis market, nationwide.   As more state legalize the market grows. We do also have partners we assist with recruiting in Canada as well.  


Feb 12, 10:29AM EST0

How much does grower, extractor or dispensary manager get paid? What is the basic salary?

Jan 28, 8:52AM EST0

This is a wide range dending on the state, city and size of the comapny and facilitiy.  Some general averages can be seen on our website:  https://www.hempstaff.com/medical-marijuana-jobs-salaries

Feb 12, 10:25AM EST0

How and why did you start your business? What motivates you in your work?

Jan 28, 4:34AM EST0

I was a recruiter for 15 years before HempStaff was founded and it is something I enjoy.  Additionally, I have been a cannabis advocate since 1996, so combing two things I enjoy and am passionate about motivates me every day.  The Cannabis industry is a very exciting place and constantly changing, usually for the better!


Feb 12, 10:24AM EST0

In your opinion, what’s the future of medical marijuana?

Jan 28, 12:46AM EST0

In my opinion, we expect every state to have medical marijuana, in some form, in the next 10 years.  There are too many studies and too many sick people who have used now and felt better to take this away now, or not offer it to your state's citizens.  It's just a matter of time in my opinion.  

Feb 12, 10:22AM EST0

What is your background? How did you get involved with the industry?

Jan 27, 6:29PM EST0

I was an IT Recruiter for 15 years when I decided to venture out and see if the cannabis industry could use recruiting services in 2014.  When I found out this was a need for the industry at that time, HempStaff was founded in April 2014.  We later found the need to train Dispensary Agents, and start our training for those positions in September 2014.

Feb 12, 10:13AM EST0

What are the qualifications for a Dispensary Manager? Should marijuana experience be one of them? Do they need to have some educational background similar to pharmacists'?

Jan 26, 11:43AM EST0

This really depends on the state and even the owner.  Some owners in certain states (especially on the East Coast or Midwest) will hire a pharmacist with no cannabis experience as their manager, but usually only if the owner has cannabis experience, as you really need either the owner or manager to know the ins and outs of running a dispensary.  If this is the owner first dispensary then they will certainly want someone with previous cannabis dispensary management experience.  In states on the West Coast, Dispensary Managers are usually promoted from Budtenders after a few years’ experience and exceptional work ethic.

Feb 12, 10:11AM EST0

How do you market your company? Do you do it in-house or hire help?

Jan 25, 10:04PM EST0

We market in many different ways.  We attend cannabis industry tradeshows to meet others in the industry, we have partnerships with cannabis websites to advertise, we have a hired PR firm and we have social media administrators to market online.

Feb 12, 10:08AM EST0

Will the legal weed laws be able to edge out the black market trade, what is your opinion?

Jan 25, 9:48PM EST0

To a certain extent, as states get a legal market and allow many people to cultivate the prices will drop below black-market level. We are seeing this in Oregon and Washington currently. However, just like moonshine and the alcohol industry, there will always be a small black market for marijuana as well.

Feb 12, 10:07AM EST0

What is the highest paid job position in medical marijuana industry?

Jan 25, 9:13PM EST0

The highest paid position, not including owning, would be a Master Grower or Director of Cultvaiton.  Salaries for those with 5+ years experience in a large warehouse (>10,000 sq ft) in the legal cannabis industry can make between $120-180K per year.

Feb 12, 10:05AM EST0
In case of relocating, what are the expatriate benefits if any?
Jan 25, 8:47PM EST0

I am not sure I understand, what you mean by 'expatriate' benefits?  If you are legal to work in the US, you will get the same benefits as everyone else working for that company that is from the US...

Feb 12, 10:03AM EST0
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