Why Pot Users Are Having Trouble Finding Pot Jobs

Why Pot Users Are Having Trouble Finding Pot Jobs

If you’re thinking that you’d easily be able to parlay your experience as a marijuana user into a great and lucrative job in the budding legal bud industry, think again.

Despite growing public support for marijuana legalization and the growth of the legal marijuana industry — thanks, in large part, to users who’ve contributed to the growing destigmatization of the drug — applicants who have a history of pot use are often rejected when they apply for jobs at cultivation facilities, dispensaries, and other pot-related businesses.

As Forbes reported, Florida’s fledgling medical marijuana industry needs cultivators, budtenders, and other employees, but is having to reject nearly nine out of 10 applicants due to state law that dictates that all legal weed employees be free of felonies.

Florida law requires all medical marijuana employees to undergo criminal background checks, and while it is technically possible for a job applicant with a misdemeanor for marijuana possession to be permitted to cultivate and sell cannabis in the legal weed industry, applicants who grew and sold weed before legalization can be automatically backlisted from employment within the current industry. As a result, some industry recruiters are advising applicants to exercise discretion to during the interview process.

“For a lot of people at the entry level, they say they want to get into this industry because of a passion for cannabis,” James Yagielo, founder of Miami-based medical marijuana recruiting firm HempStaff, told the Orlando Sentinel. “We usually tell them they should avoid bringing up any illegal activity regarding cannabis in an interview…Sometimes you can get by with a low-level, misdemeanor possession charge, but not always.”

The good news?

If you are a pot user — and actually do get hired by a pot firm — the rules are a bit more relaxed. For example, as Civilized points out, a recent study in Colorado shows that nearly two-thirds of cannabis employees have come to work high at least once in the past month, while 45 percent say they get high on the job.

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