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Getting Started in Cannabis

On March 31, 2021 the Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act (MRTA) was signed in New York state, legalizing adult use in cannabis. Coming off of a year of uncertainty from pandemic, and a lot of self reflection, many New Yorkers are interested in changing career paths.

How should one go about gaining interest from employers, if the prospective candidate does not have prior experience in the industry?

What educational resources would you recommend?

Would certificates from places like Clover Leaf University, give you enough confidence, as an employer, to hire this person? In your opinion, does a master degree (Maryland University) or a certificate (Syracuse University) from a reputable university hold more weight?

If you do hire someone with no prior experience in cannabis, what opportunities does your company have in place for professional development besides day to day operations?

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Fabian-Chavez-34533: On March 31, 2021 the Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act (MRTA) was signed in New York state, legalizing adult use in cannabis. Coming off of a year of uncertainty from pandemic, and a lot of self reflection, many New Yorkers are interested in changing career paths.

How should one go about gaining interest from employers, if the prospective candidate does not have prior experience in the industry?

What educational resources would you recommend?

Would certificates from places like Clover Leaf University, give you enough confidence, as an employer, to hire this person? In your opinion, does a master degree (Maryland University) or a certificate (Syracuse University) from a reputable university hold more weight?

If you do hire someone with no prior experience in cannabis, what opportunities does your company have in place for professional development besides day to day operations?

Fabian, these are GREAT questions. I always think a higher education or continued education is definitely a good thing but it is not necessarily needed in cannabis specifically. Doing your own research and immersing yourself in the industry as much as possible will give you the knowledge you need to show your passion and enthusiasm. The industry tends to hire many people from other professional backgrounds as cannabis experience is not ALWAYS required. The best thing to do to get the attention from employers is to highlight your specific transferable skills that are pertinent to the position. And in an interview, always make sure you are backing up what you say with real examples.

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