Cannabis Employment Options are Blossoming in California (Part 2)

Commercial Cultivation-Know Your Employees

Cannabis business owners are finding that the employees they are hiring are not the “experts” they are claiming to be. Unfortunately, these so-called experts are usually just your run-of-the-mill “garage growers” or your hardcore “stoner-literature” addicts who have had no more training than reading some information that is rumored to be a marijuana “manual” or “bible”. Though growing in your garage or basement is, technically, real-life experience, it does not prepare one for running an industrial-sized cannabis growing facility.

Cannabis cultivation calls for hands-on experience in commercial agriculture and a good base knowledge of farm management and commercial practices, as well as a firm grasp of up-to-date cannabis laws pertaining to permits and regulations concerning the counties and/or cities you are growing in. Though the state has made recreational use legal, not all cities and counties are happy with. Many cities are banning growth, or at least trying to introduce bans, into their communities to prevent dispensaries or cannabis agriculture within city limits. It is pertinent to the future of any cannabis cultivator to know where they are legally allowed to grow before they even purchase property for the cultivation.

There are realty groups specifically focused on helping cannabis agriculturists find land in areas where growing is legal. This is just the first step of road to becoming a legal cannabis cultivator. Once you have land that you are legally able to grow on, you need to find a person or persons that are knowledgeable about the building of any warehouses or greenhouses needed and make sure you have the proper permits through local city, county and state institutions, and make sure that all those permits stay up-to-date as you begin building and complete the development of your cannabis-producing farm. Also, the permits for water use and growth need to stay up-to-date, and all the proper inspections need to be done to be sure you are meeting city, county and state standards. All of this, obviously, takes a technical mind, preferably, a person that has a business or agricultural business degree.

Then, of course, once the farm is built, it is time to start the actual production of the plant itself. This is generally done in mass-quantity for a large farm. Depending on the permits the grower has, or depending on the number of members in a collective or cooperative operation, some of these farms can grow a couple hundred plants, but “Collectives are accordingly well advised to stay at 99 plants or less to reduce the risk of federal prosecution.”[1] The perfect candidate for this job will generally have a degree in plant sciences or possibly horticulture and plant propagation.

Once the plants are fully grown, this is where the entry-level positions come in of manicurists and trimmers. From there, it is weighed, packaged and sent to distributors. Each step of the process needs the right person for the job. For more information on similar jobs in the cannabis cultivation industry, is a good place to begin your journey. The best part about is they connect the right candidates to the right jobs and the right employers to the right employees.