Cannabis Staffing Agencies Challenge High Turnover

Like the California Gold Rush of the 19th century, the legalized marijuana trade is attracting industry hopefuls nationwide with great expectations for working in this booming nascent sector.

If federal legalization takes place, U.S. retail marijuana sales revenues could reach $35 billion by 2020, surpassing the NFL, according to a report by GreenWave Advisors. Alternatively, if federal legalization doesn’t take place by 2020, GreenWave Advisors predicts revenue to climb to $21 billion.

Employment opportunities are riding the coattails of this burgeoning industry. The legalized marijuana industry in Colorado created nearly 16,000 jobs in 2014, according to Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division.

While many applicants are eager to develop new skills or share a certain expertise, the same facets of the industry that attract quality employees are the same that lure those who are ultimately a bad fit and lose businesses’ money through time spent in recruitment and training efforts.

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