Cannabis is one of the fastest growing industries in America. In February 2021, Business Wire reported that there were roughly 321,000 full time jobs across all states with legal cannabis. And with more states legalizing every year, those numbers are continuing to grow.
As previously discussed, there are quite a few reasons why people are transitioning into the cannabis industry. However, there are always tidbits of advice that can help make the transition smoother. If you are new to the industry, here are a few tips from an industry veteran to help you on your journey.
Be Prepared For Change
The Cannabis industry is a fast moving, always changing landscape. Between regulation updates and new research, the industry will not stay stagnant for very long. Every aspect from growing techniques to marketing opportunities is changing every day. It is comparable to the I.T. industry, if you are not willing to keep learning as you work within this industry, then you will fall behind.
It's Okay Not To Know Everything
Because of the fast pace, it is impossible to know everything about every aspect of the industry. However, it is great to have a base knowledge of different parts of the industry and how they all fit together. There are hundreds of blogs and social channels dedicated to cannabis education. Even Audible has hundreds of educational audiobooks available.
Personal Tip: Since Covid-19, thousands of professionals in the industry have given free online seminars available to the public. These are easy to listen to while at work, at the gym, or hanging around your house. Facebook, LinkedIn, Leafwire, and other social platforms are great places to look for upcoming seminars.
Everyone Knows Everyone
The cannabis industry is like a small town. Everyone knows everyone. How you interact with others will play a major role in how far you go in this industry. Always showing up late? Rude? Do you steal other people's lunches out of the fridge or (cringe) heat up fish in the break room microwave? These kinds of things get around, and no one wants to be the stinky fish guy. The cannabis industry is full of wonderful, hard working people, and kindness can go a long way.
There are many opportunities for growth in the cannabis industry. This fast moving, always evolving industry is one of the fastest growing job markets in the US. However, knowing what to expect before diving in can be important. For those new to the industry, always keep learning, be kind, and be prepared for change.