This Newspaper Is Looking for a Marijuana Critic – Legit CannabisJobs
Seeking budding writers in Oregon
The employment outlook is looking up for cannabis aficionados.
The Oregonian, the main newspaper in Portland, is looking for a critic to review marijuana strains and other weed-related products. The job listing for the freelance position demands an “experienced cannabis consumer” with deep knowledge of the strains of marijuana available in the state. The role will also include writing about the state’s “robust cannabis culture and marketplace.”
Recreational marijuana use was legalized in Oregon July 1, so jobs related to pot are sure to increase in the coming months. But the cannabis writer at the Oregonian won’t be the first person to hold such a role at a major American newspaper. The Denver Post appointed a pot editor at the end of 2013 just before Colorado legalized marijuana in the state.
VANCOUVER, WASH. — Washington’s marijuana business has created a legal occupation that offers career opportunities for bud trimmers, according to The Columbian and The Associated Press.
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“I’ve done everything from pumping gas to remodeling houses, but I think there’s longevity in this,” 32-year-old bud trimmer Kurt Vermillion told The Columbian. “I think there’s lots of growing room in this industry. I want to do whatever they need me to do.”
Bud trimmers make between $12 and $15 an hour and use small scissors to trim away leaves and other things from marijuana buds. Most trimmers work on about a pound to a pound and a half of marijuana per day.
Experienced workers can move up to gardeners or concentrate makers and make $50,000 to $90,000 a year.
For 37-year-old Julie Whittaker, who started trimming buds in November, the job turned out to be less stressful than her former work in the banking software industry.
“I’ve been learning my way as I go,” she said. “I’m intrigued by this whole industry. It’s a big shift for me, and honestly I find it to be better regulated than even my old career in banking.”
Vermillion and Whittaker work at Cedar Creek Cannabis, where Mark Michaelson, head of operations, is eyeing ways to hold onto workers. The company has 14.
“We want to work on employee retention,” he said. “Eventually we’ll have health and dental insurance and full benefits for them, too.”
Clark County has eight growers that have been approved by the Liquor Control Board, and five stores have opened in Clark County so far and two more are planning to open within two months.
Before the legalization of marijuana, bud trimmers migrated from job to job and were paid in cash by the pound and risked arrest. Now, bud trimmers typically make an hourly wage, though some are paid by the pound.
“I think what happens is people think in this industry, people are just hanging out and maybe even smoking,” said 32-year-old Brittny Houghton, 32, whose family owns Cedar Creek Cannabis. “But that’s not what we do. It’s a real job, it’s 9 to 5, you have to be on time, you don’t have to be a smoker, and the quality of the work is important.”
At CannaMan Farms, another marijuana business, owner Brian Stroh said trimmers come from a variety of backgrounds.
“It’s a business that people who work hard can move up in,” he said.
Why Legal Cannabis Is 2015’s Best Startup Opportunity
Every entrepreneur dreams of discovering an untapped market where they could start with a low investment and build a huge business. If that’s you, consider the developing legal marijuana industry.
This sector is growing faster than ganja under grow lights.
The best part is, it’s early days for this — cough — budding sector.
Marijuana is now legal for medical use in just 23 of the 50 states, and will soon be legal for recreational use in four — Alaska’s law goes into effect later this month, Oregon’s in July, and in Washington and Colorado, it’s already legal. Alaska’s addition to the legal-pot state roster has some wags dubbing the legal-pot opportunity the “Green Rush.”
Now that full legalization is spreading from state after state, many sector observers believe it’s just a matter of time before more states get on the bandwagon, and before marijuana becomes federally legal. The spread of legalization will open up huge new markets — and startups that get going now will be ready and waiting to take advantage of the increased demand.
The U.S. economy doesn’t spawn an entirely new industry very often, and legal pot may well be the best ground-floor opportunity we’ve seen since the early days of the Internet. While there are some established companies in this niche already — especially in Canada, where medical pot has long been legal — new figures from the Marijuana Business Factbook 2014 map reveal how young most cannabis businesses are, and how quickly they’re becoming profitable.
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It was just announced by the Associated Press that Colorado will be the first state to fund cannabis research, in one of the largest state-funded efforts ever. But they are actually not the first state to do this, merely the first to offer grants to researchers for cannabis research.
California has had the Center for Medical Cannabis Research (CMCR) since 2000 conducting research on cannabis through various state Universities, such as UCLA and UCSF. These are different ways to fund research, one only allows researchers with ties to state universities to get funding, and the other offers funding to anyone, regardless of their affiliation.
For example, if you are doing independent research on cannabis, without being a member of a university, there is no way to get your study funded by California through the CMCR, but if you are in Colorado, you do have the chance to get funding. Offering grants is arguably a more fair method to determine what studies get funds, because it doesn’t give preference to those already privileged enough to be within the gilded walls of academia. In that sense, Colorado is a first, but to say they are the first state, or even the first government agency to fund cannabis research, is not accurate.
Center for Medical Cannabis Research: A History Lesson
It has been fifteen years since the CMCR was founded, and in that time they have authored at least fifteen studiesshowing the therapeutic, positive effects of cannabis. A whole generation has grown up using cannabis since Prop 215 was passed in 1996, whose passage prompted the California legislature to pass SB 847, creating the CMCR.
The CMCR’s stated purpose was to find the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. Igor Grant MD is the Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the UCSD School of Medicine and the current director of the CMCR. Dr. Grant had this to say about the research done by the CMCR, “[our] findings provide a strong, science-based context in which policy makers and the public can begin discussing the place of cannabis in medical care.”
Federal Research Embargo
What makes the CMCR unique is that, until their founding, there was no government funded agency with the express purpose of studying the benefits of cannabis. The National Institutes of Drug Abuse (NIDA) has the final say on any cannabis research that is being federally funded or using the federal stash of cannabis grown at the University of Mississippi, and NIDA will only approve studies of the negative effects of cannabis use. Despite that, the Federal government has funded more cannabis research than perhaps any other person or group in the world, to the tune ofhundreds of millions of dollars in the past decade alone.
The Catch 22 of all those federally funded studies is that in order to get funding and access to NIDA grown cannabis, one’s hypothesis must be something negative about cannabis. If one wanted to do a study showing that cannabis prevented the damage of lung cancer, they could never get approval.
It is possible to conduct a study with a negative hypothesis and find positive outcomes, and NIDA cannot do anything about it. Dr. Donald tashkin from UCLA conducted “the largest case-control study ever done” on cannabis smoking and lung cancer. He found that it didn’t cause lung cancer, and actually lowered the rate of lung cancer to be less than the rate of non-smokers.
Though his study was not funded by CMCR, Dr. Tashkin is a member of their National Advisory Council and one of their researchers. Tashkin’s groundbreaking study was one of the many funded by the federal government through NIDA and their parent federal agency, the National Institutes of Health.
Not every researcher is as lucky as Dr. Tashkin.
Dr. Sue Sisley, was recently fired from the University of Arizona for her research on cannabis. Dr. Sisley fought for years to get federal approval for her study on veterans with PTSD, and when she finally got access to NIDA grown cannabis, the university that approved the study fired her for it. She now plans to go into private practice to continue her research, perhaps with a grant from Colorado. NIDA’s chokehold over which studies get approved and which do not, creates a chilling effect on cannabis research, driving many would-be researchers to study other topics. The few that remain may get fired for their research topics, left to fend for themselves without funding or institutional support.
Despite the Embargo, The Feds Grow More Cannabis for Research
While it is still near impossible to get federal approval for a study, NIDA is clearly preparing for an influx of new studies demanding access to Federally grown medical cannabis for research and has upped their production quotas from 21kg last year to 650kg this year. That 650kg is still much lower than the 4,500kg production quota that was originally proposed in 2007, but at least it is a start.
Despite the current quota being lower than what was proposed in 2007, and lower than the totals from 2002-04, it still represents a nearly 3,000% increase over 21kg. Of that 21kg that has been grown yearly since 2010, over half has gone to the four remaining participants in the Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program. Now, with that much higher quota, there should be much more cannabis to go to research. Hopefully this will include some CBD-rich strains, as well as the THC-rich cannabis they normally grow.
Connecticut dispensary owners may have access to a larger market soon, as a physicians board has recommended adding four diseases to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis cards.
The Medical Marijuana Program Board of Physicians wants to allow patients with sickle cell anemia, recurring pain after back surgery, severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis to have access to MMJ. The group, however, rejected a proposal to add Tourette’s syndrome, according to the Hartford Courant.
The board’s recommendations will now be sent to Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris. If he approves any of the conditions, he will write regulations that would then undergo another hearing before being sent to a Connecticut General Assembly committee.
Adding new conditions could expand the market for cannabis businesses by hundreds of patients. Roughly 3,400 patients have signed up for the program so far, according to the latest data from the state. The first dispensaries opened last fall.
Cannabis to make more money than the NFL – Powered by Cannabis Jobs!
Marijuana is the new big business in the US. Its turnover is expected to grow to three times that of the professional football league (NFL) by 2020. According to the study by Greenwave Advisors, a research and financial analysis institute, the cannabis industry could generate revenues of $35 billion within five years, compared to the $10 billion currently produced by the NFL. It will equal other giants of the US economy, such as publishing ($38 billion in revenue) and the confectionery industry ($34 billion). Greenwave calculated this figure based on the 23 states where the use of marijuana for medical purposes is already legal and those where it’s permitted for recreation (Colorado and Washington). Its figures were based on the assumption that other states will follow the same path.
by Mattia Rosini
Marijuana Industry Could Be Worth $35 Billion In 2020, If All States And Feds Legalize It
If all 50 states legalized marijuana and the federal government ended prohibition of the plant, the marijuana industry in the United States would be worth $35 billion just six years from now.
That’s according to a new report from GreenWave Advisors, a research and advisory firm that serves the emerging marijuana industry in the U.S., which found that if all 50 states and the federal government legalized cannabis, combined sales for both medical and retail marijuana could balloon to $35 billion a year by 2020.
If the federal government doesn’t end prohibition and the trajectory of state legalization continues on its current path, with more, but not all, states legalizing marijuana in some form, the industry in 2020 would still be worth $21 billion, GreenWave projects.
In its $21 billion 2020 model, GreenWave predicts 12 states plus the District of Columbia to have legalized recreational marijuana (besides Colorado and Washington, which legalized it in 2012). Those states are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont, according to data GreenWave provided to The Huffington Post from the full report. By that same year, the model assumes, 37 states will have legalized medical marijuana. To date, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical use.
“Our road map for the progression of states to legalize is very detailed –- our assumptions are largely predicated on whether a particular state has legislation in progress,” Matt Karnes, founder and managing partner of GreenWave as well as author of the report, told HuffPost. “We assume that once legalization occurs, it will take a little over a year to implement a program and have product available for sale. So for example, for Florida, we expect the ballot measure to pass [this year] yet our sales forecast starts in year 2016. We think the time frame will lessen as new states to legalize will benefit from best practices.”
As Karnes noted, some of these states are already considering legalization this November — voters in Oregon, Alaska and D.C. are considering measures to legalize recreational marijuana, while Florida voters will weigh in on medical marijuana legalization.
GreenWave isn’t the first group to suggest the federal government may end its decadeslong prohibition of marijuana. One congressman has even predicted that before the end of the decade, the federal government will legalize weed. And as outlandish as it may sound, it’s already possible to observe significant shifts in federal policy toward pot.
The federal government allowed Colorado’s and Washington’s historic marijuana laws to take effect last year. President Barack Obama signed the 2014 farm bill, which legalized industrial hemp production for research purposes in the states that permit it, and the first hemp crops in U.S. soil in decades are already growing. And in May, the U.S. House passed measures attempting to limit Drug Enforcement Administration crackdowns on medical marijuana shops when they’re legal in a state.
The GreenWave report also projects a substantial shift in the marijuana marketplace — the merging of the medical and recreational markets in states that have both.
“In the state of Colorado, we are beginning to see the sales impact — i.e., cannibalization of medical marijuana sales by the adult-use market — when the two markets co-exist,” Karnes said. “We expect a similar dynamic to unfold in those states that will implement a dual marijuana market.”
Beginning in July, recreational marijuana sales in Colorado began to outpace medical for the first time, according to state Department of Revenue data.
Karnes writes in the executive summary that just what the marijuana industry will look like in 2020 will largely depend on how the industry is regulated and how it is taxed by that time.
“Since ‘chronic pain’ is the most common ailment among medical marijuana users, it is likely that recreational users can already purchase marijuana without great difficulty in states where medicinal use is legal,” the report reads. “Accordingly, it can be argued that a merged market already exists in medical marijuana states. Less currently popular, but arguably providing more economic stimulus, would be a regulatory regime providing for only adult recreational use.”
Barbara Hoppe, council member from Columbia’s Sixth Ward, introduced legislation earlier this year that would allow people to grow up to six plants at home. Those without a medical recommendation from a doctor would face a $250 fine and the confiscation of their plants if busted. Medical patients wouldn’t face any penalties. That plan saw a lot of scrutiny, so Hoppe has rewritten her bill.
Her new plan, introduced this week and set for a hearing at the October 20 council meeting, allows for only two plants to be grown in a locked area and would allow medical patients to designate growing to a caregiver.
Columbia, Missouri Council Member Wants to Decriminalize Pot Cultivation of up to Two Plants
If approved, those with cancer, MS, HIV, AIDS, glaucoma, migraines, arthritis, severe pain and several other conditions to legally grow in their homes with a doctor’s recommendation.
The move has support so far from the Columbia Disabilities Commission, which supported the move as a way to increase access to affordable forms of medication for patients.
But of course, there’s opposition. Councilman Dan Rader, who owns a bar and yet sits on the city’s substance abuse advisory council, said he was concerned that the law would “create a lot of confusion” and is a matter for the state legislature and not city council.
Columbia City Council will take up the matter at it’s Oct. 20 meeting.
Colorado Recreational Cannabis Shops Rack Up $22M in April
April was a good month for Colorado’s marijuana businesses.
Retail marijuana shops sold $22 million worth of cannabis and related products during the month – an increase of about 13% from March and more than 50% from January, according to the latest tax figures released by the state.
The sales uptick is tied in part to the April 20 cannabis holiday, which led to an influx of tourists in town for events like the High Times Cannabis Cup and the annual 4/20 rally in downtown Denver.
Also, more recreational stores received their operational licenses:nearly 190 retail shops were open on April 1 across the state.
Recreational cannabis also closed the gap with medical marijuana. The state’s medical cannabis dispensaries posted about $32 million in sales in April – roughly $10 million more than the revenue reported by recreational shops. In January, when rec stores first opened, medical marijuana revenues were about $17 million higher than retail sales.
Medical marijuana sales dipped on a month-to-month basis in both March and April, while recreational cannabis transactions rose.
During the first four months of the year, recreational stores have posted revenues of roughly $70 million. At that pace, sales will top $200 million for the year. Medical marijuana dispensaries have recorded $133 million in sales through April and are on track to hit nearly $400 million.
The Colorado Department of Revenue estimates that the state brought in $5.3 million in tax revenue from recreational and medical sales combined in April, which is up from $5 million in March.
The tax figure bumped the state’s total revenue from marijuana taxes and business licensing fees to $17.9 million since Jan. 1.
Marijuana Jobs at All-Time High
The US marijuana industry is developing quicker than any other industry. The rapid growth is generating hundreds of new jobs.
The marijuana industry is predicted to grow by 64 percent, to over $2 billion, in 2014. Reports also predict that 14 more states will likely legalize marijuana for adult recreational use by 2018, potentially creating upwards of a $10 billion marijuana industry in the United States.
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Newspaper’s Marijuana Reviews Are Smokin’
In Colorado, reviews of pot are fast eclipsing fuddy duddy reviews of wine, restaurants, cigars and pretty much everything else.
Since January, the Denver Post has been running a culture-of-cannabis website called The Cannabist. It reviews every conceivable variety of pot (recreational marijuana is legal in the state) but also pot’s accouterments, including pipes, vapor pens, cuisine prepared with pot and outdoor activities made more enjoyable by being high.
Ricardo Baca, 37, the Post’s marijuana editor and founder of The Cannabist, tells ABC News the site has been a huge hit (no pun intended) since its January debut. He declines to quote numbers for how much traffic it has gotten, but says, “We launched three or four days before recreational sales of marijuana started in Colorado, and we came out of the gate strong. The traffic has been unreal.”
His two freelance critics, Ry Prichard and Jake Browne, have reviewed 29 varieties so far, including Oaktown Crippler, Death Star, Blueberry, Stevie Wonder, Tahoe OG and, most recently, Maui Waui.
Browne’s review of Maui Waui — less than glowing — starts off positively enough: The “decently thick buds” exhibit hairs that are “almost an impossibly pale orange against a washed-out green. Think the Miami Hurricanes hat that Vanilla Ice used to sport.”
Its aroma, he writes, has been described by some as tropical — “a mix of suntan lotion and frozen drinks.”
“The smoke was sweeter than expected,” he writes. “Immediately I felt a tingle in my nose that was less like a limb falling asleep and more like a pre-sneeze.”
Did Maui Waui induce the “Zen-like state of consciousness,” he had hoped it might?
“Nope.” A slight headache followed, he wrote.
In this respect — the description of the mental and physical effects of consumption — the Cannabist’s reviews waft far above and beyond standard reviews of, say, veal piccata.
Not only does the smoke of Death Star have “a pronounced tangy earthiness,” writes Browne, but its effect is “highly euphoric but extremely grounded at the same time. I found my legs tethered to the ground with my head meandering in the sky.”
Browne, 31, tells ABC News he feels he has a three-fold responsibility to readers: He needs to tell them what variety they’re getting; what it smells like and looks like; and how it will affect them.
He says he used to work as a bartender, and would have to recommend wines. “Now, what I do is like being a sommelier of marijuana.”
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Las Vegas Sets Zoning Rules for Cannabis Businesses – get ready for more Cannabis Jobs
The new rules – approved by city council officials Wednesday night– also pave the way for dispensaries to locate on certain areas of Fremont Street and along Las Vegas Boulevard.
The regulations do not cover the Strip, which is a section of Las Vegas Boulevard outside city limits in an unincorporated area of Clark County. The county reportedly barred dispensaries from locating there.
Las Vegas officials, however, felt that allowing dispensaries on the portion of the boulevard within city limits would provide a competitive advantage.
The city has 12 licenses available for dispensaries. Officials did not set a cap on the number of cultivation facilities, though they are subject to the same distance requirements as dispensaries.
City council must approve each business before it can open.
Earlier this week, Clark County unveiled the process it will use to choose finalists for MMJ business licenses in unincorporated areas. Applicants will have to give a six-minute pitch to county commissioners. Locals will then have two minutes to express any concerns, and applicants will have three minutes to respond.
The county will select 18 finalists and send their applications on to the state for final approval.