Jenny Bloom

January 16, 2019

In Vermont, the medical marijuana industry still overshadows the recreational one. At the time of writing, there are no recreational marijuana dispensaries currently open. What that means is simply that residents of Vermont must be registered medical marijuana patients before they can access medical cannabis at one of the dispensaries in the state.

For people looking forward to getting their foot in the door in Vermont’s marijuana industry, this can be a severely limiting fact. The main issue is that jobs are minimal, as only a few medical dispensaries are currently operating. That said, the future is bright since recreational marijuana has been legalized in the state. It’s just a matter of waiting until the necessary licenses are issued to recreational dispensaries.

Entry level marijuana jobs in Vermont
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When dispensaries start to open, there are inevitably going to be some in-demand jobs for those looking to start their career working in the marijuana industry. So, keep an eye on the news and on any major developments in the licensing and legislation of the recreational industry.

In the meantime, it’s a good idea to figure out what your plan will be when that happens, and what the legal requirements for employees will be. It’s never too early to start learning about the various rules and regulations in the state of Vermont, as well as expanding your knowledge about the different strains available, the practice of growing marijuana, and the developments in the greater marijuana industry as a whole.

Entry level marijuana jobs in Vermont

First of all, you probably want to know more about what kinds of jobs will be available when those recreational facilities do finally open. In most states, the ideal entry-level positions in the world of marijuana include working as a trimmer or a budtender.

Working as a trimmer involves lots of hands-on work, with a keen attention to detail. Trimmers trim off the buds from the plants and do other various tasks related to the cultivation, harvesting, and processing of marijuana. Getting a job as a trimmer is a great way to start your cannabis cultivation career, as it requires minimal experience and helps you get a first-hand look at what a cultivator does. Eventually, you could work your way up to being an assistant grower or even a lead grower.

For people less interested in the cultivation side of things and more interested in the retail side, becoming a budtender is the way to go. Budtenders need to start out with quite a bit of knowledge surrounding the world of cannabis, strains of marijuana, details about products, and so on.

One of the best things you could do while waiting for the recreational industry to get organized is to get a job in a medical dispensary. If you’re looking for an entry-level position, then you probably aren’t a registered nurse or medical professional, but there are other jobs open for people with different experience.

Legal requirements to work as a trimmer or budtender in Vermont

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Anyone who can pass a background check is 21 years of age or older and has a high school diploma or more is eligible to apply as a patient services agent at a medical dispensary, for example. If you want to eventually become a budtender, then this would be a great way to get some sales and customer experience that directly relates to marijuana. Having customer service experience will help you get this job as well as future budtender jobs, so you can also start working in a job related to customer service. If you aren’t yet 21, for example, you might want to start as a customer service agent at a company unrelated to the marijuana industry.

Legal requirements to work as a trimmer or budtender in Vermont

Assuming the legal requirements for working for recreational marijuana companies will be the same as working for medical marijuana dispensaries, workers will likely have to pass an FBI fingerprint background check, which is regulated by the state of Vermont. They will also need to be 21 years of age or older. Besides that, there is no indication yet that recreational marijuana workers will require any sort of special license or permit to do their job.

Marijuana legislation can be complicated, but Jenny Bloom is always up for the task. Although not a lawyer, her experience as a reporter and PR specialist helps her understand legalese – especially when it relates to growing marijuana. A passionate supporter of legalization and home... [read more]


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