Are you in love with Mary Jane? Are you wild about weed? Is the wacky tobacky right up your alley?
Then go west, young person! California is the state for you. But maybe not to grow cannabis. Nope, to grow the government.
As the Los Angeles Times points out, Pot professionals will soon be a growth industry in the Sunshine State, but not in the way you’d might imagine.
Recreational marijuana use becomes legal in California in 2018, and one of the things to blossom in the emerging industry isn’t green and leafy, it’s government jobs.
The state is on a hiring binge to fill what eventually will be hundreds of new government positions by 2019 intended to bring order to the legal pot economy, from keeping watch on what’s seeping into streams near cannabis growers to running background checks on storefront sellers who want government licenses. Thousands of additional jobs are expected to be added by local governments.
Clearly cannabis career opportunities are growing faster than some prime kush in a grow tent.
The LA Times adds:
Last January, just 11 full-time workers were part of what’s now known as the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the state’s chief regulatory agency overseeing the pot market. Now, it’s more than doubled, and by February the agency expects to have more than 100 staffers.
The agency is moving into new offices later this year, having outgrown its original quarters. It’s expected new satellite offices will eventually spread around the state.
There also will be scores of jobs added to issue licenses for sellers, growers, truck drivers, manufacturers and others working in the projected $7-billion industry. The state has taken to Facebook to lure applicants.
The state even has a promotional video starring Jim Carrey to lure job applicants.
Recreational ciga-weeds is becoming legal in California thanks to Proposition 64, or the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative, which passed with 57 percent of the vote on November 8, 2016.
Soon everyone over 21 can do their doobie with the police harshing their mellow. (Of course this age restriction will be strictly enforced…not.)
It will be interesting to see if it affects that state’s rate of pot users, as well as its rate of marijuana-related accidents and deaths.
It will be interesting to see how it affects sales at In-and-Out Burger as well.
Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Cheech and Chong…where are you guys? Uncle Sam needs you!