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Top High-Paying Jobs in the Cannabis Industry

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For fresh graduates, unemployed and career shifters, finding a job can be a challenge. As of this writing, even as the U.S. unemployment rate drops at its 48-year low, tens of thousands of Americans are still having a hard time getting their much-needed jobs. What’s more, many employees are at risk of being retrenched because of company downsizing or because technological advancements make their positions irrelevant.

Faced with these employment problems, applicants and aspiring career shifters should find ways to increase their chances of getting hired. And one industry that needs more workforce in the coming months is cannabis.

Weed Industry — The Next Business Growth Area

Market analysts are bullish and optimistic about the prospects of marijuana. One person who believes in the growth potential of weed is Danny Moses. He is a legendary investor who became famous after the film “The Big Short” that portrayed his investment activities during the Great Recession.  Moses sees a big boom in the industry because of the overwhelming support it gets from politicians, corporations and the medical community.

Investors also pour in billions of dollars to the marijuana industry; which analysts expect to challenge or even outperform Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Carol Pepper, founder and CEO of the wealth advising firm Pepper International, attributed the surge in demand for weed stocks to the plant’s “staggering” health benefits. Tons of studies have already proven the efficacy of medical pot in treating chronic pain, anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and a host of other health issues.

Because of the plant’s health benefits, it has gained support from politicians. Thirty-three states have already legalized medical marijuana while more state and federal politicians are pushing to decriminalize the medicinal use of the plant at the national level.

Moreover, the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill decriminalizing hemp-derived products such as cannabidiol also contributed to the surge in demand for cannabis products.

In-Demand Cannabis Professions

Thanks to these developments, market analysts expect the CBD industry to skyrocket from a $9 billion market in 2017 to $22 billion in 2022. And to sustain the growth of the industry, businesses need to hire cannabis-related jobs such as:

Budtenders

These people will attend to questions and concerns of customers at dispensaries. They are the “pharmacists” in the field who provide the correct information and provide recommendations about the best strains to use for a certain condition. To succeed as budtenders, applicants should have excellent listening, sales, and customer service skills. They must also have passion and enthusiasm in informing, educating and promoting cannabis products like CBD oil and hemp oil.

Master Extractors

Experienced biochemists and bioengineers with doctorate degrees can shift careers into becoming a high-paid master extractor. This position involves supervising the production of cannabis oils and concentrates from harvested marijuana plants. They should also accurately extract precise amounts of CBD and THC (the cannabis compounds with healing powers). Likewise, they should manage their laboratories and ensure that they abide by safety standards and government regulations.

Growers

To produce CBD oil and other weed products, they must come from healthy marijuana plants. Hence, the industry needs specialists who tend to and manage the growth of marijuana and hemp plantations. Their tasks include planting, ensuring adequate crop nutrition, cloning, pest management, and harvesting. This job needs people with a background in agriculture, botany, or horticulture with plenty of first-hand experience in cultivating marijuana.

Edibles Chefs

The boom in cannabis extends to the food industry as CBD oil, THC oil, and other weed components are added to different edibles. People with a culinary arts and food technology background can pursue this career. Companies producing edible cannabis products need specialist chefs and pastry artists who can develop, create, and oversee the production of various marijuana-infused food items like candies, chocolates, pastries, soda, coffee, and tea.

With the boom in cannabis, the industry opens opportunities to people who are having a hard time seeking work.

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FTC Warns Three CBD Companies About Unfounded Health Claims

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FTC Warns CBD Companies

The Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday, September 10, it has sent letters to three CBD companies cautioning them about the use of health claims that have no reliable scientific evidence to promote their products.

The FTC has refused to name the three CBD companies. However, the agency did go into some detail regarding the health claims that each company had made.

“One company’s website claims CBD ‘works like magic’ to relieve ‘even the most agonizing pain’ better than prescription opioid painkillers,” the FTC revealed in a statement. “To bolster its claims that CBD has been ‘clinically proven’ to treat cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), fibromyalgia, cigarette addiction, and colitis, the company states it has participated in ‘thousands of hours of research’ with Harvard researchers.”

Company two, on the other hand, is said to had claimed that CBD can treat autism, anorexia, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), stroke, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, traumatic brain injuries, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, MS, fibromyalgia, cancer, and AIDS. It was also reported that the company promotes CBD as a “miracle pain remedy” for acute and chronic pain, as well as for pain stemming from cancer treatment and arthritis.

Lastly, the third to get the warning letter is said to have advertised CBD gummies as an effective treatment for “the root cause of most major degenerative diseases, including arthritis, heart disease, fibromyalgia, cancer, asthma, and a wide spectrum of autoimmune disorders.”

In addition, the company had also claimed that CBD cream can cure arthritis pain, and CBD oil serves as a good treatment alternative for “depression, PTSD, epilepsy, heart disease, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and asthma.”

According to FTC, the use of unfounded health claims to promote CBD products could result in forced reimbursements to those who had purchased the items and even federal injunction. To date, the agency is giving the company a 15-day allowance to reply and provide details about the steps they have taken to address the concerns presented by the agency.

Earlier this year, the FTC, along with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), had joined forces to send a previous round of letters to three CBD companies concerning their use of unproven health claims to sell their products.

“Before making claims about purported health effects of CBD products, advertisers need sound science to support their statements,” the FTC wrote on its website. “The takeaway tip for anyone in the industry is that established FTC substantiation standards apply when advertisers make health-related representations for CBD products.”

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Community College in Illinois Now Offering Cannabis Course

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Illinois Cannabis Dispensary Course

Aspiring budtenders at Illinois dispensaries can now get training certificates with the new cannabis dispensary course at Oakton Community College.

The course helps students prepare for the laws associated with legal marijuana use, consumption, types and treating terminal illnesses. Unlike blow-off classes, this course does not let students touch any marijuana inside the classroom, instead, make use of visuals so students can differentiate each type.

Aside from drug laws, students enrolled in the cannabis dispensary course will learn more about molecular biology and the technical knowledge of working in a marijuana dispensary.

Just recently, the University of Minnesota also opened its new undergraduate Cannabis course.

This is the first and only community college in Illinois that offers a certificate course in cannabis, which highlights practical knowledge on the subject to help students land a job in the multi-billion dollar industry. After the certificate program, students will be trained at a local cannabis dispensary and patient care specialists to help them prepare to work on both medical and recreational settings.

The course will have 12 credit hours with instruction in the business and dispensary operations.

According to the Oakton Community College Vice President for academic affairs, Ileo Lott, the course offering is backed by the increasing demand of people and industry needs. Most of the dispensaries, not only in Illinois, look for employees with relatively high knowledge about marijuana.

Lott added, “They’re [dispensary owners] looking for people who know how to work with chronically ill patients and understand what they need. They’re not looking for enthusiasts who love to use the product.”

Marijuana Legalization In Illinois

The regulations about the medical cannabis patient program or MCPP is yet to be finalized by the Illinois legislation, in preparation for the legal commercial marijuana sales effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Additional medical conditions for the MCCP includes a minimum age of 21 for purchasing smokable medical cannabis like vaping products and other associated accessories. Registered MCCP patients can also grow up to five cannabis plants for personal consumption.

The new medical conditions that qualify for the MCCP include autism, chronic pain, migraines, anorexia nervosa, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Neuropathy, Ulcerative colitis, Polycystic Kidney diseases, Osteoarthritis, Superior canal dehiscence syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and Neuro-Bechet’s autoimmune disease.

Medical practitioners such as nurses and caregivers can also apply for the MCCP to assist patients as opposed to only physicians.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced last Aug. 12, 2019, the permanent medical marijuana program and qualifying conditions for the MCCP.

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Petition to Legalize Marijuana Submitted to Mississippi’s Secretary of State

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Mississippi Medical Marijuana

Mississippians for Compassionate Care, an organization advocating for medical marijuana legalization, turned in a petition to the secretary of state’s office on Wednesday aiming to register medical marijuana on Mississippi’s 2020 ballot.

According to a report from WLBT, the group has submitted a petition with a total of 105, 686 signatures. This totaled way above the minimum of 86,185 signatures required by state law to qualify Initiative 65, aka Medical Marijuana 2020, to appear on the ballot for next year’s election.

Under the law, a minimum of 86,185 certified signatures, with at least 17,237 certified signatures from each of the state’s five congressional districts, must be submitted to the Secretary of State in order for an initiative to be placed on the ballot. Moreover, all signatures must also be certified by county circuit clerks before submission.

The Mississippians for Compassionate Care had managed to originally collect 214,000 signatures in total. However, only 105,686 were certified by local clerks. Nevertheless, the group had insisted they were able to meet all the given requirements.

“The medical marijuana petition, No. 65, was filed [Wednesday]. At this time, we do not know whether the signature requirement has been fulfilled,” said a spokesperson for the secretary of state. “We are in the process of reviewing and determining the number of signatures so as to file with the Legislature on the first day of the 2020 session in accordance with [state law].”

The legality of Cannabis in Mississippi

Under the current Mississippi law, medical and recreational marijuana use remains to be illegal. However, should the initiative be approved by the Secretary of State, the Medical Marijuana 2020 will appear on the ballot for Mississippians to vote on during the November 2020 election.

Once approved by the voters, doctors from Mississippi will be allowed to prescribe medical marijuana for certain medical conditions. This includes cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, HIV, AIDS, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, and other debilitating diseases.

Although the petition had garnered an impressive number of signatures, many remain to be vocal in opposing the initiative. This includes Gov. Phil Bryant, who had previously shared his opposition on Facebook.

Nevertheless, the Mississippians for Compassionate Care said they remain to be confident that the initiative will be approved by the secretary of state’s office.

“The polling is extremely positive,” said Jamie Grantham, the group’s spokesperson. “It polls above 77 percent, with every age group, religious affiliation, political affiliation, and other groups. Also, to that point, we saw the overwhelming support from the number of signatures we received.”

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