Whether you’re working in an ancillary business serving the pot industry or running a dispensary, cannabis is set to take off.
As more and more states and countries are legalizing marijuana for recreational and medicinal use, the cannabis industry is nothing but a hot $50 monster. The legal sales of marijuana are expected to grow to more than $20 billion by 2022, from approximately $10 billion in 2018, according to Marijuana Business Daily. Further, Michigan, Utah, and Oklahoma may vote on cannabis reform this year, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. Counting both legal and black market sales, the total demand for pot is approximately $52.5 billion, Marijuana Business Daily found. And the best part? It generates tax revenue. During fiscal 2017, Washington state collected $219 million in legal pot income and licensing fees.
The point I’m trying to make here is that the cannabis industry is about to take off at a whole new level with ridiculously gasping rates. And one of the most in-demand positions is the “Budtenders”. It’s nothing but a sales job. Without qualified budtenders, the industry won’t see the insane sales growth that is projected because when a customer enters a pot shop they don’t pick their order off a shelf and take it to the cashier. Instead, they approach a counter and speak to a budtender. Some customers know their order, but others want to chat or ask about the house specialty.
Within the marijuana world, it’s widely believed that different marijuana products produce different effects. To the extent this is accurate, a good budtender will have a nuanced understanding of the inventory available at a given time and help steer patients to something they’ll like
Eager customers are not enough to bake the cake this time, dispensaries need knowledgeable pot pushers to put as many grams, edibles, oils etc. into the bags of the hundreds of customers they serve each day.
People who are enthusiastic about cannabis can make up to $35-40K in the first year itself. Some dispensaries start their sales staff out at between $12-$14 per hour, while others pay a higher wage. It’s good work if you can get it without having to slog one’s life in investing a Masters’ degree and then a Ph.D.
The cannabis industry is determined to present an image that goes against the grain of the stoner stereotype. So avoiding tie-dyed clothing, nappy dreadlocks, and blazing red eyes during the interview process might be best. These rules are not written in stone, mind you. They are just something to consider.
Hope, you had a good read!