When Your Rap Sheet Becomes Your Resume: Notes From A Marijuana Jobs Fair

Marijuana use was never something to put on a job application… until now. In the first 34 weeks of legal recreational sales in Washington State, 110 pot shops have opened, a number that is expected to double by years-end. “Retail job opportunities are booming,” said David Rheins, CEO and co-founder of the Seattle-based Marijuana Business Association. Managers are looking for employees who bring retail experience and product knowledge.

Eric Gaston, owner of The Evergreen Market, is looking for a sales staff that loves cannabis for his new stores in Renton and Auburn Washington.  Employees “should be evangelists for the growers and the products,” he said at a recent Green Jobs Fair in Bellevue Washington.

Gaston is open to hiring people who have been arrested for marijuana use or sales. “We will look to hire hard working, kind hearted, team players who are genuinely enthusiastic to be working with cannabis,” he said, “none...

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