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Cannabis Jobs

How to Make a Living and Have a Career in the World of Legalized Marijuana

“Andrew Ward spills the beans on how to obtain a job or full-blown career in the cannabis industry. Brooklyn-based freelance cannabis writer Ward should know, as he has covered the industry for over a decade for Benzinga and Merry Jane, among other media outlets.” —Forbes

 
As of 2019, eleven states (and Washington, DC) have legalized recreational marijuana use with another twenty-two having legalized medical marijuana, and those numbers will only continue to rise. Cannabis career opportunities are beginning to take off across the country and beyond. In fact, Forbes noted the industry is projected to create more jobs than manufacturing by 2020.

With the rise in legalization, virtually any job in the American market can be replicated in the cannabis industry. From working in a dispensary to social media, IT to HR, marketing to quality assurance, millions of future professionals are looking at cannabis as a future career path.
 
Andrew Ward, who has been covering the growing cannabis industry for over a decade, shares the vast stretch of potential careers. In addition to job opportunities, Ward supplies career growth, salaries, and first-hand knowledge from professionals who have made a career in the field.
 
But as with any industry, there are pros and cons. While the market is expanding, every profession has growing pains, and Ward explains them in detail. In addition to potential jobs, Ward explores other options, such as freelancing and starting your own business.
 
For those either looking to find a new career or preparing to join the workforce, Cannabis Jobs offers the most in-depth information available.

Forbes magazine list of "The Top Cannabis Books to Exchange on Christmas Eve"

Andrew Ward spills the beans on how to obtain a job or full-blown career in the cannabis industry. Brooklyn-based freelance cannabis writer Ward should know, as he has covered the industry for over a decade for Benzinga and Merry Jane, among other media outlets.” —Forbes

“In this how-to book, Ward sets the lay of the marijuana-industry land, from tech and cultivation to PR, branding, and marketing. Since it’s such a new industry, there are many books available, but this one stands out for those new to the cannabis world or those who want to take advantage of the many new opportunities.”
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“Cannabis and hemp will fuel the next wave of job creation and industry. Through Cannabis Jobs, Andrew Ward succeeds in breaking down the socioeconomic realities of working in the space and uncovers key points of entry beyond the obvious ‘seed’ and ‘sale’ tracks.   The book and its experts quoted within reveal ways to convert skills the reader might already possess, and identifies career opportunities of which they might not have even considered. This is a must-read for anyone looking to not just work, but flourish, in this burgeoning industry.
 —Tracey Henry, founder, Tracey Henry Consulting (THC)

“The employment opportunities in the cannabis industry are numerous and varied. Our shared experience working in the industry in facility design, operations, software/technology, data, distribution, licensing, retail, education, event production, and more in the Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, New York, and New Jersey markets have allowed us to see a wide range of opportunities and career paths in the cannabis industry. Andrew Ward does a fantastic job of assessing the numerous opportunities and compiling them in an easy-to-understand format with actionable information. For individuals interested in starting in the industry, changing career paths in the industry or, hiring talent for the industry, Cannabis Jobs dissects the intricacies in a valuable and insightful way. This book is perfect for those that are interested in learning more about careers in cannabis.
—Jacobi Holland and Lulu Tsui, co-founders, On the REVEL, the Cannabis Innovation Showcase (NYC)
"Author Andrew Ward does an incredibly competent job of helping you to understand the potential pains and challenges that might come with acquiring career paths within certain sectors of the cannabis industry and how to deal with them to achieve your goals and ride along with others on this green wave."
—Noemi Gonzales, Green Market Report