Arkansas cannabis jobs are looking to be fairly plentiful for the state. Voters approved medical marijuana and now the state is preparing for medical cannabis to become available. There are many different business needs associated with the cannabis industry and all of those business create job opportunity. Have you looked into job opportunities related to the cannabis industry in your state?
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – While the health of patients is the main reason supporters are excited about medical marijuana in Arkansas, a growing number of people are looking for a different kind of benefit: income.
Dozens of them gathered in a conference room downtown Tuesday night to learn about the business of medical marijuana. And they are chasing the new opportunity in several different ways.
“There’s definitely a group in this state,” explained Brandon Thornton, “that have been very instrumental in getting the Amendment passed, and those people are still involved. And there’s other people that, once it passed, kind of thought this might be an interesting thing to get into, and have been researching the best way to do it.”
Thornton, who sits on the board of the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association is among those who is tapping into the business potential of medical marijuana.
“As a pharmacist,” he mentioned, “I was really concerned with the safety side, and I knew that we really needed a amazing testing network in the state.”
Thornton is launching a testing facility in Little Rock after being granted a franchise from Steep Hill, an international marijuana testing company. He hopes to open his laboratory in January, and will hire 10 employees.
Growing plants and selling to patients may be the well-known ways to make money from medical marijuana, but they are far from the only ways. Jobs will likely be created in construction, security, lighting design and installation, transportation, government lobbying, and other ancillary positions. Thornton said those jobs will cover a wide range of salaries, based on various skill and education requirements.
“There’s pharmacist consultants involved—and, you know, that is a higher-paying job—all the way to people that are going to be more in service roles,” he noted.
ACIA hosted a seminar on Tuesday that featured Brett Roper, CEO of Medicine Man Technologies, a consulting service for medical marijuana companies. He talked about projections for Arkansas’ medical marijuana market, licensing fees, and the benefits of different types of growing facilities.
“For us, there’s no wrong way to grow,” he told the audience. “It’s just, whatever you set up, make sure your growers understand your objectives financially and that you can achieve them.”
Melissa Fults, who led a campaign to legalize medical marijuana during the 2016 election, estimated that the industry would create at least 400 jobs in Arkansas, roughly the same as the number of event planners in the state. According to a report by Leafly.com, Connecticut, which has a similar population to that of Arkansas, has roughly 630 people in the industry, which is equivalent to the number of veterinarians practicing in Arkansas.