The state of Colorado is blunt when it comes to their views on marijuana.
After producing $3.5M in new revenue in January alone, cannabis vaporizing device manufacturer O.penVAPE held the state’s first career fair dedicated to positions in the budding marijuana industry.
According to event sponsors the actually turnout almost doubled the expected numbers. By end of the day Thursday, approximately 600 people said they would attend CannaSearch on its Facebook page and at the end of the job expo over 1,200 candidates had applied for various positions.
Advocates for cannabis legalization often point to mainstream job creation as a benefit of the drug’s legalization. Companies at the nation’s first job event Thursday were not only looking to hire people with specialized skills in growing and cultivation but also in typical white-collar jobs such as clerical and management positions.
First, the county clerk advocated selling more weed, second, John Elway cracked open his golden piggy bank during the opening week of NFL free agency, third, the Nuggets beat the Heat and finally a weed career fair. Colorado’s been making national headlines for all the right reasons since the Super Bowl.
And to think, the idea to host a career fair started from simply reading the newspaper.
“It had taken us a couple of weeks to find enough candidates for these 2 jobs that we were hiring,” said O.penVAPE’s Chief Revenue Officer, Todd Mitchem. “I looked at the paper one morning and saw a job fair that was being advertised for another type of industry. I thought, ‘Gosh, we should do a cannabis job fair.” I had never seen one before in Colorado.”
Some candidates drove from as far as California.