Getting Started in Cannabis
What is your Why?
Why are you interested in a career in cannabis? If you already have a role in the industry, why did you decide to make the transition? For as often as we talk about "what" we do and "how" we do it, what is your "why"?
Having been a part of an organization that has a long history of opioid addiction, trauma, misinformation, disinformation, and just plain apathy; I see being part of the cannabis industry as a chance to educate people about the many ways that cannabis supports people emotionally and physically. This plant has been used by people of all different backgrounds for quite some time for various purposes and I just want people to have that appreciation.
This is a great topic. Thank you for starting this thread. I am sure there is a capitalist in most of us, myself not excluded, that sees the immense opportunity. However, I believe it takes more than that. My "why" is tied directly to furthering the social change and removal of the stigma that we have put up with for decades. Working in Fine Wine for 15 years, one of my great joys was turning people on to something new. This applies to consumers and the decision makers / sommeliers at restaurants and retailers. I want to experience that satisfaction on a larger scale. I want to help people discover the benefits and enjoyment that are await the patient and responsible recreational user.
I've been in the industry 2 years now and I'm here because I see cannabis as the wild west. We are pioneers of an industry that's not even fully legal across the U.S.! Rules and regulations are being created around our recommedations, which I find really cool. There is nowhere to go but up and I love a challenge.
I have always been an advocate for cannabis and have always wanted to work the cannabis industry for as long as I can remember but it didn't seem like a realistic goal until about 5-6 years ago when Florida, the state I live in, finally legalized medical cannabis and then the Farm Bill passed to make Hemp legal in all 50 states. But it wasn't until I had a personal experience dealing with a loved one battling cancer and seeing first hand how cannabis can truly help someone with a terminal disease, did I really become passionate about it and a huge advocator for the legalization and education of cannabis.
About a year ago, I made the decision to really try and pursue a career in the industry. Now I read, watch or listen to EVERYTHING I can about cannabis! I have taking some online classes, read anything and everything I can about cannabis and have joined communities like Vangst, Leafwire, Weedlife, etc and started following on SM, well-known names in the Cannabis Industry. But I have been applying for jobs for about 3-4 months with no luck getting hired so far but I haven't given up!
I just want to work in an industry that I am passionate about, work with others that share my passion and where I can help educate and bring awareness about how amazing and beneficial this plant is for humans and for our planet. I truly believe this believe cannabis can and will revolutionize the world in capacities that hasn’t even been thought of yet. And I just hope to be able to contribute and be a part of it when it does!
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