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U.S.: Cannabis Retail Designer Gets Award

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Megan Stone, Owner of The High Road Design Studio, is Redesigning the Marijuana Retail Industry

Megan Stone, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based cannabis retail designer and owner of The High Road Design Studio, was honored with the fourth annual Designer Dozen Award by Visual Merchandising and Store Design Magazine (VMSD).

Stone was selected for her progressive and innovative work in the cannabis industry. The award is hosted by VMSD magazine and parent company ST Media Group. It showcases 12 of the best and brightest emerging retail designers under 35.

“This list of up-and-coming talent represents the ones introducing new strategies and concepts and impacting the shopping experience in the 21st century,” said VMSD Editor-in-Chief Patricia Sheehan.

An authority in the cannabis field for her breadth of experience and dispensary designs, Stone jumped into the market in 2013 when she founded The High Road Design Studio.

As a former budtender and dispensary manager, Stone brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her company, educating cannabis business owners on the importance of design in professionalism, branding, customer loyalty, and profitability.

Featured both internationally and nationally, Stone’s designs have appeared in VMSD Magazine, Cosmopolitan Online, Marijuana Business Daily, Puget Sound Business Journal, and The Cannabusiness Reporter.

U.S.: Online Cannabis Industry Resource Adds To Marijuana Business Directory

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Ganjapreneur, an online business resource dedicated to the cannabis industry, has expanded its business directory to include seven new categories of industry services.

The directory focuses on companies that provide B2B services to cannabusinesses, as opposed to medical cannabis dispensaries or retail recreational shops that target actual cannabis consumers.

New categories have been added to include investment groups who support start-up marijuana businesses, political organizations who advocate on behalf of legalization and drug policy reform, and trade associations who work to educate and organize business owners. There are also now sections of the directory dedicated to cannabis testing labs who test for contaminants and potency in samples from state-licensed growers or producers — and to laboratories that offer premium hash and cannabis oil extraction services.

Providers of commercial grow lights, seeds and soil, and other equipment used for both indoor and outdoor agriculture can also create business listings. Finally, the directory has added categories for marijuana industry job boards as well as publishers who report on marijuana news and culture.

Ganjapreneur's business directory was launched in 2014 in an effort to help professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs connect with service providers who specialize in the cannabis industry. Since then, businesses have been able to add a listing for free as part of a limited-time offer.

U.S.: American Chemistry Society's Annual Meeting Looks At Cannabis

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In yet another sign that the cannabis industry is going mainstream, marijuana extraction expert and Evolab CEO Alex Cahoj will give a presentation at the American Chemical Society’s 249th Annual National Meeting on Monday, March 23, evolab announced on Monday. ACS is the world’s largest scientific society.

The ACS invited Alex to educate their membership on his methods, bringing together an old-line, mainstream science society and a cutting-edge cannabis producer.

Evolab is a pioneer in the use of chromatography and CO2 to produce pharmaceutical-grade cannabis extracts. Cahoj, who has overseen more than 2,000 cannabis extractions, has been invited to give a presentation titled “Safety and Health Standards of Cannabis Extractions with an Emphasis on CO2.”

“People have been concentrating cannabis for thousands of years,” said Alex Cahoj, founder and CEO of evolab. “We’re building on that tradition using the latest technology.

"Unfortunately, not all of the new methods in use today are safe – for workers, consumers or the environment," Cahoj said. "At my company we are committed to producing cannabis extracts that are pure, raw and potent – in a manner that is completely integral – using only CO2.

"We never use hydrocarbons like butane or additives and cutting agents," Cahoj said. "We’re dedicated to developing healthier, more efficient technology for extracting cannabis – and I’m grateful that a prestigious scientific organization like the American Chemical Society is interested in learning about our methods.”

Global: MissMarijuana.com, 300 More MissMarijuana Domains Go On Sale For $1.5 Million

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Papa Baer Productions, LLC, on Thursday announced they are offering for sale all currently owned Miss Marijuana cannabis web domains.

Included in the sale are Miss Marijuana World and Miss Marijuana for all 122 world countries in the Miss Universe pageant, such as MissMarijuanaBrazil.com, according to Papa Baer.

Also included are Miss Marijuana Pageant, MissMj.com, MissMJUSA.com. MissMarijuanaArizona and all other states and months are included.

The entire list of domains can be seen at www.MissMarijuana.com .

“This is as good an investment as one could make considering the current and potential future growth of the cannabis industry," said Howard R. Baer of Papa Baer Productions. "MissMarijuana.com, combined with the additional 300 MissMarijuana and MissCannabis domains are the primary real estate in this segment of the marijuana space and should increase dramatically over the next few years.”

"The ownership of Miss Marijuana worldwide covers every pageant for Miss Marijuana possible," Baer said.

Marijuana.com reportedly sold in 2011 for $4.2 million.

New York: Addiction Counselor Backs 'Inevitable' Marijuana Legalization

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By Steve Elliott
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With a recent report predicting that 18 states will legalize marijuana by 2020, there are some major changes on the way, and four states have already taken the plunge.

Last year was a groundbreaking one, according to the report. It "will be remembered as a year when ... a sense of inevitability about national legalization became conventional wisdom among elected officials and the general public."

Social worker, addiction counselor and recovering alcoholic Joe Schrank, the founder of Loft 107, a sober-living facility in the heart of Brooklyn, says it isn't in the public interest to continue a secret culture that facilitates a recession-proof industry for people who don't pay taxes.

According to Schrank, millions of people are already using cannabis recreationally, untaxed and unregulated. Schrank points out that alcohol has had a monopoly on legal intoxication for generations, so it's wrong to not let individuals make their own choice.

Furthermore, as more states legalize, Schrank hopes to see an "intoxicating substance" tax that will fund treatment and recovery options that are available and easily accessible -- "a far better policy than threats and incarceration," he said.

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U.S.: Steep Hill Releases New Test For Cannabis Market: 'Sexing Made Simple'

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Steep Hill, which specializes in cannabis testing and analytics in the United States and internationally, on Monday released GenKit, a new testing product to assist the growing cannabis industry. GenKit is a proprietary sexing test kit to quickly determine the sex of cannabis plants.

According to Steep Hill, this testing product allows outdoor seed-based growers to speed up the process by which male plants are identified and culled from the crop. Steep Hill’s GenKit allows sex determination at a very early stage in the plant’s development, and shortens this process from several weeks to several days.

GenKit is an industry breakthrough that allows crops to be grown more intelligently, conserving resources and expanding yield, according to the company.

Steep Hill said GenKit works by analyzing genetic information early in the cannabis growth cycle, enabling the removal of unwanted plants from the garden, lowering plant counts, and saving precious resources and cultivation space.

"This revolutionary test, built in modular format, utilizes DNA based diagnostics to very accurately determine the sex of a specific cannabis plant, all of which is made possible by our new long read sequencer," said Reggie Gaudino, Ph.D., director of Intellectual Property & Genetic Analysis at Steep Hill.

U.S.: Report Says Legalized Marijuana Is Nation's Fastest Growing Industry

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By Steve Elliott
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Legalized marijuana is the fastest-growing industry in the United States, according to a new report.

The legal cannabis industry expanded 74 percent during 2014, according to the study, from California-based research and investment firm ArcView Market Research, report Chris Oberholtz and Josh Marshall at KCTV.

The market grew from $1.5 billion in 2013 to $2.7 billion in 2014 in combined retail and wholesale sales, according to the data, published in the company's third edition of the "State of Legal Marijuana Markets."

Five states -- California, Colorado, Washington, Arizona and Michigan -- now have cannabis markets greater than $100 million, according to the report.

"In the last year, the rise of the cannabis industry went from an interesting cocktail conversation to being taken seriously as the fastest growing industry in America," said Troy Dayton, ArcView Group CEO. "At this point, it's hard to imagine that any serious businessperson who is paying attention hasn't spent some time thinking about the possibilities in this market."

Colorado became the "new epicenter of the industry" as the first active adult use market, according to ArcView, and recorded $805 million total combined retail and wholesale sales.

U.S.: cNation Streaming Media Channel To Focus On Cannabis Uses

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Resource Ventures, Inc., has announced that its streaming media channel, cNation, will be focusing on the many uses of cannabis.

"We've placed a premium on focusing our production efforts on the different ways cannabis is being used in addition to smoking it," said Resource Ventures Interim President Michael Cipolla. "Specifically, edible forms in a wide variety of presentations, including savory main and side dishes, snack and energy foods, desserts, drinks, tinctures, and other extracts.

"As part of our new branding, this content can be found in the cFood section of the channel," Cipolla said. The streaming media channel was formerly known as "One Plant One Planet" before being rebranded as "cNation."

Company research suggests a certain segment of the population is keenly interested in cannabis for a variety of different reasons, but is unfamiliar with the myriad of ways in which it can be ingested beyond smoking it.

"Everyone is familiar with the fact that cannabis is primarily smoked, so we didn't feel a compelling need to place much emphasis on that method of use," Cipolla said. "Rather, we've placed our focus on the different ways cannabis is being used in both commercial and home kitchens to create incredible food and drink selections for both medicinal and recreational uses."

Arizona: MariMed’s Sara Gullickson Named Co-Chair of Cannabis Industry’s Women Grow Phoenix Chapter

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Women are working together to stake a claim in the legal marijuana industry that is projected to generate $21 billion by 2020. The marijuana industry’s rapidly growing Women Grow has named Sara Gullickson as co-chair of its Phoenix Chapter, the second largest chapter of this new organization that connects, educates and empowers cannabis business leaders.

Gullickson, executive director of the DispensaryPermits.com division of MariMed Advisors (a subsidiary of Worlds Online), brings four years of experience as a leader in the medical marijuana (MMJ) industry and nearly a decade of experience strategizing and executing online and traditional marketing campaigns for the health, beauty, medical, dental, fitness and spa industries. She has assisted clients in seven states through the medical marijuana license application process, laying out every aspect of their business strategy from identifying locations all the way through developing product and tracking customer results.

Her work has helped clients earn MMJ cultivation and/or dispensary licenses across the country. In addition, Gullickson launched a free weekly CannaBusiness Webinar series that is a source of information to both novice and experienced MMJ entrepreneurs.

U.S.: 10 Most Popular Marijuana Jobs Revealed

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420careers.com, a marijuana industry job listing site, has revealed the 10 most popular marijuana industry jobs in the United States.

“Because the marijuana industry is so new and expanding so rapidly, many employers only require minimal or no experience necessary for their jobs posted on 420careers.com. This means that almost anyone 18 or older can apply for a job and be a highly considered candidate for the position,” stated Colby Ayres, the Director of Marketing at 420careers.com.

10 most popular marijuana jobs in the United States:

1. Budtenders (marijuana “pharmacists”) – assist dispensary customers with marijuana inquiries.
2. Marijuana Cultivators (growers) – cultivate marijuana for dispensaries.
3. Edibles Chefs – create marijuana-infused foods such as cookies, brownies, teas, sodas, and sauces.
4. Extraction Technicians – help make marijuana-infused products by creating marijuana concentrates.
5. Marijuana Industry Journalists – write about the marijuana industry for publications or blogs.
6. Vaporizer Sales Representatives – sell vaporizers for manufacturers or distributors.
7. Dispensary Security Officers – patrol dispensaries for illegal activity.
8. Trimmers – harvest and process marijuana for dispensaries.
9. Dispensary Managers – manage all or various aspects of dispensaries.
10. Marijuana Delivery Drivers – deliver marijuana to customers.

10 most popular auxiliary jobs the marijuana industry helps employ:

1. Lawyers
2. Accountants
3. Event Planners

Washington: Founder of Marijuana Staffing Agency Optimistic About Future of Weed Industry

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With the rapid growth of the medical marijuana industry in several states, as well as the recreational cannabis industry in Washington and Colorado, a vast number of businesses have sprouted to support, assist, and consult the companies that are actually involved with growing, processing, and selling the plant itself. Viridian Staffing, a recruiting agency based out of Seattle, is one such company.

Ganjapreneur, a cannabis industry business media outlet which launched over the summer, recently conversed with David Murét, co-founder of Viridian, to ask him some questions about the company and how it has helped connect marijuana businesses with job-seekers.

When asked what his favorite aspect of working in the cannabis industry was, Murét replied, "We would have to say the people. The industry has been such a magnet for dynamic free-thinking innovators who aren’t nearly as stiff and creatively stifled as you find in so many other, more established industries."

"We also love working in an industry which, on the whole, places such a high value on triple bottom line business practices, which are both socially responsible and environmentally sustainable, particularly here in the Pacific Northwest," Murét said.

U.S.: MariMed Advisors Closes Acquisition of Sigal Consulting, $2 Million Working Capital

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There’s a new name making some waves in the medical marijuana space. Publicly traded Worlds Online subsidiary MariMed Advisors has closed on the acquisition of Sigal Consulting and $2 million in working capital.

Sigal Consulting, now known as MariMed Advisors, specializes in all aspects of medical marijuana, from licensing application to cultivation and sale.

Sigal designed the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center cultivation and dispensary facility in Providence, Rhode Island -- one of the largest state sanctioned dispensaries in the country.

"Closing this capital raise and acquisition demonstrates investor interest and confidence in our team and strategy for capturing significant market share in the developing medical marijuana sector," said Thom Kidrin, CEO of WORX. "These funds will allow us to expand our team and meet the demand from our growing pipeline of potential licensees in their efforts to gain authority to build and operate cultivation and dispensary operations."

While no assurance can be given that it will be successful, MariMed Advisors is in discussion with multiple capital sources in an attempt to secure additional funds for the acquisition of real estate and operational facilities needed to provide future licensees the operational capabilities to successfully operate under their licenses. This is a critical component for many licensees, as legacy regulations prevent financial institutions from financing such transactions for organizations in the medical marijuana industry, even in states where it has been legalized.

U.S.: 420careers.com Reports Marijuana Industry Job Openings At Historic High

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420careers.com, a marijuana industry job listing site, on Monday reported that the swiftly developing cannabis industry is generating an extraordinary and historic amount of jobs throughout the United States and Canada.

“The marijuana industry is producing more new jobs than many other industries in the United States,” said Colby Ayres, director of marketing at 420careers.com. "Each state that passes a medical or recreational marijuana law usually generates hundreds, if not thousands, of new jobs.

"Colorado currently has over 10,000 jobs associated with the marijuana industry and Washington state is quickly creating hordes of new jobs since legalizing marijuana in July," Ayres said.

Twenty-two states permit medical marijuana and two states (Colorado and Washington) permit recreational marijuana for adult use. Nearly a dozen other states have medical marijuana legislation initiatives and an estimated five states will vote to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use by 2016.

It has been predicted that over a dozen more states are likely to legalize recreational marijuana for adult use by 2018, which would potentially grow upwards of a $10 billion industry in the United States.

Some of more popular marijuana jobs currently offered on 420careers.com are: budtenders (dispensary patient consultants), cultivation experts, dispensary managers, writers, sales positions, delivery drivers, security staff, inventory staff, and various administrative and business development positions.

U.S.: Cannabis Expert Urges Voters To Look At 3 Points of Proposed Marijuana Laws

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3 Points for Voters to Consider When Reviewing Proposed Marijuana Laws

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Voters in seven states, one U.S. territory, and at least 17 cities and counties across the nation will face a marijuana initiative when they go to the polls in November. For some, the question is easy: They’re either for some level of legalizing marijuana or against it.

But for others, the issue is not so cut and dried. Decriminalizing marijuana can be good for the country – and it can be potentially dangerous, says Wall Street commodities expert Steve Janjic, CEO of Amercanex (www.amercanex.com), an electronic marketplace exchange for the cannabis industry.

“I’m a part of the industry, but that doesn’t mean I’m in favor of every measure to legalize pot,” Janjic says. “We need to proceed with care and thoughtful consideration of possible consequences, intended and unintended, of the decisions we make.

“We have the opportunity to fix some problems through decriminalization, but we don’t want to end up with even bigger problems down the road,” Janjic said.

The November initiatives range from legalizing recreational marijuana sales and use for adults in Oregon and Alaska to permitting it for medical purposes in Florida and Guam, to decriminalizing possession of small amounts in cities and counties in Maine, Michigan and New Mexico. Californians will decide whether to downgrade possession to a misdemeanor.

U.S.: Marijuana Industry Job Listings Added To Ganjapreneur Website

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Ganjapreneur, a website dedicated to cannabis business news and professional content, has announced the addition of a cannabis industry job listings section to its website. The job listings will be generated primarily via third-party platforms where cannabis growers, retailers, and ancillary businesses post their employment openings.

Ganjapreneur's stated goal is to provide one location for aspiring ganjapreneurs to see all of the industry job postings each day.

Ganjapreneur hopes to compile a comprehensive overview of the legal marijuana job market. With positions ranging from Budtender to Delivery Driver, the professional opportunities in the burgeoning cannabis industry are unique and can often be fiercely competitive.

By publishing in-depth content, a weekly newsletter, and extensive interviews with prominent marijuana professionals, Ganjapreneur says its primary goal is to keep its readers up to date on the latest developments and opportunities related to the cannabis industry.

Last week, Ganjapreneur announced the first segment of an interview with Matt Brown, founder of Denver-based marijuana tourism company My 420 Tours. The interview was conducted via audio, and a transcription is available for reading on the Ganjapreneur website.

U.S.: Marijuana Slang Dictionary Open To Public Submissions

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For anyone who prides themselves on their knowledge of marijuana subcultures and slang terms, there is now an "open source" outlet to share this knowledge with others. Ganjapreneur, a website dedicated to entrepreneurs and investors in the cannabis industry, has recently announced a marijuana slang dictionary that is open to the public.

The website publishes news articles and editorials intended to keep "ganjapreneurs," or anyone who is pursuing a career in the newly-legal cannabis industry, informed about the state of the industry as a whole. The site offers original content as well as curated headlines via other websites that directly relate to the business of cannabis itself.

With the launch of the Marijuana Slang Dictionary, Ganjapreneur marks its first foray into user-generated content by inviting the public to submit their favorite slang terms and phrases for inclusion. Entries to date include "420," "cheeba," "bongwater," and numerous others. Users may search the dictionary for a specific term, or browse by category.

The slang dictionary currently includes categories such as "stoner phrases," "paraphernalia," and "units of measurement" to categorize its growing collection of slang terms and cannabis-related phrases that are commonplace in the industry.

A representative for the website explained that the dictionary is intended to be both informational and entertaining. "If you read through some of the example usages for the different terms, you can see that the writers had a lot of fun with the whole thing," he said.

U.S.: WeedHire.com Ranked #1 Career Site For Legal Marijuana Jobs

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WeedHire.com was the most visited career site in the legal cannabis industry during the month of August, according to SimilarWeb, which measures online behavior worldwide.

"Reaching the number one spot in just three months is an exciting sign that WeedHire.com really has become the go-to place for job opportunities in this space," said WeedHire.com CEO David Bernstein.

"The traffic to our site shows that this industry is growing rapidly and a real need exists to match employers with skilled professionals who are passionate about obtaining work in the legal marijuana industry," Bernstein said.

WeedHire.com was launched in May 2014 as a jobs site for the legal cannabis industry. In addition to the website, WeedHire.com recently launched what it says is the first-ever Android job search app for the industry.

The Android app lets employers post openings from the convenience of a mobile device and job seekers can search in a specific geographic area, upload resumes, submit them and share job posts with friends. The site is also preparing to launch a similar app for the iPhone.

Although WeedHire is the central online portal and social media source for job seekers and providers, it is not involved with the growth, sale, or distribution of marijuana.

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U.S.: Celebrity Cannabis Chef Payton Curry To Join MarijuanaRecipes.com

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Celebrity chef Payton Curry will be taking charge of an upcoming cannabis cooking website featuring infused foods, MarijuanaRecipes.com announced on Wednesday.

The site is set to launch "in the very near future," according to parent company Northsight Capital, Inc. MarijuanaRecipes.com will link to the company's cannabis industry website and mobile phone app, "WeedDepot," delivering content including directions, information, articles and ratings for medicinal and recreational users of cannabis.

Chef Curry has been seen on many popular TV programs in the Phoenix area, including Fox News, Good Morning America, and others. A restaurant owner, Curry has also given instructions on television for the proper use of medical marijuana in the cooking process, and has held local cannabis cooking classes for hundreds of participants.

In addition to developing the marijuana recipes site, Chef Curry will be doing live and video cooking classes, which will be available on www.MarijuanaRecipes.com and www.WeedDepot.com, with worldwide streaming video.

WeedDepot is designed to attract cannabis consumers and to appeal to cannabis related businesses in all 50 states. Cannabis related businesses will be able to advertise and deliver content to consumers through this robust platform set to launch the week of September 4, 2014.

"Northsight does not handle, grow, distribute, sell or manufacture cannabis or cannabis related products," the company notes in a prepared statement.

U.S.: Cannabis Job Site Launches Mobile App

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WeedHire on Tuesday announced that WeedHire.com, a jobs site for the legal marijuana industry, has launched a mobile android app.

WeedHire.com said it is the first cannabis-related job site to create such a mobile app. The company said it has also created an app for the iPhone, which has already been submitted to Apple for approval and is expected to launch in the coming weeks.

WeedHire.com officials said the company a mobile version of its website for smartphone users accessing the site through their phone-based internet browsers.

"The new mobile app will allow users to conveniently access WeedHire.com right from their phone where they can review open positions and apply directly from wherever they are," said David Bernstein, CEO of WeedHire.com. "This means people can see the most recent jobs as they come out, without needing to be in front of a computer, making WeedHire.com that much more efficient for our users."

WeedHire.com says it connects professionals looking for jobs in the legal cannabis industry with employers, including government regulators, equipment manufacturers, and medical professionals.

Current job postings for cannabis related employment include many positions such as growers, budtenders, dispensary operators, security guards, dispensary administrators, solar panel specialists, delivery drivers, lab techs, marketing specialists, lawyers, insurance agents and government jobs, according to the site.

Washington: 420careers.com To Help Find Fired Legal Marijuana User Find New Job

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A marijuana industry job board website, 420careers.com, has reached out to Mike Boyer, the first Washington state citizen to purchase recreational marijuana and to get fired for using recreational marijuana, find a new job in the marijuana industry.

Boyer was the first person to purchase recreational marijuana in Washington’s new marijuana industry and was fired hours later after his employer recognized him on multiple TV stations that aired interviews of him and the historic moment.

Boyer said he’s “been officially terminated for violation of the drug use policy,” but that he hopes he can “spin this and get a job in the marijuana industry… It’s a new industry, they need qualified people.”

“The marijuana industry is one of the few industries creating large quantities of job opportunities in the US, and businesses are in need of qualified, law-abiding employees like Mr. Boyer," said Dan Kingston, president of 420careers.com.

"More than 10,000 marijuana industry jobs have been created in Colorado alone," Kingston said. "And hundreds, if not thousands, of more jobs will be created in Washington and other states that legalize marijuana for medical and/or recreational use."

Currently trending marijuana jobs offered on 420careers.com range from marijuana writers to advertising sales people, budtenders to cultivation experts, security to administrative positions, and more. Presently, marijuana jobs are in the highest demand in Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon, and Arizona, where the marijuana industries are booming.

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