Recruiting for the Marijuana IndustryCurrently, twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing marijuana and more are sure to come. This super niche market has created thousands of new jobs to be filled. The government along with business owners targeting the marijuana market are searching for an efficient way to find candidates to meet their hiring needs. Likewise, technology and software companies are scrambling to create new recruiting tools to address the needs of this emerging market.

Recruiting for the Marijuana industry is tough but don’t worry, there’s an app for that.

Enter Weedhire has a mission to “…help clients hire the most qualified individuals and to help individuals find the best job opportunities in their respective fields in legal marijuana. provides cannabis jobs such as Physicians, Growers, Budtenders, Dispensary, operators,  Security,  Lighting,  Delivery,  Testing, Marketing, Government jobs

The specialization of WeedHire benefits site visitors by being specific to employment within the legal marijuana industry. This is just brilliant. They even launched an Android app in August 2014 and an iPhone app this past March.

Weedhire is not the only player in this space

  • Ganjaprenneur
  • 420careers
  • Cannajobs
  • THC Jobs

And yes, I will be reviewing these tools soon. (The job sites, not the products.)

Even though 23 states have legalized pot in some form, all states are unique in what exactly is legal and what isn’t.

Recruiting for the Marijuana Industry This makes things especially hard for the software developers looking to create the best recruiting tool to manage this these types of businesses.

The Northeastern Institute of Cannabis (NIC) has a specialization in aiding governments that are creating marijuana departments. Robert Knapp COO of NIC stated, “The policies being set up by the state, we’re putting them into play,” said Paul VandenBussche, NIC General Manager in Maine said, “ We moved from paper driven because there were too many issues, such as whether the paper was valid or real. We strengthened it by making it fraud proof.”

Attention Software developers. If you are not working on new recruiting tools for marijuana businesses, now is the time. Don’t believe me? Check out Weedhire’s Cannabis jobs report. They compiled data from the traffic on their site. The report highlights the demand for legal marijuana jobs increasing more than 50% in the areas of sales, medical, administrative, & dispensary operations. The demand for qualified dispensary workers alone is up 90%.

Adam Bierman, the managing partner of MedMen, a consulting and management firm serving the licensing, design and management needs of the legal marijuana industry, weighed in on hiring in this market as well. “Because of the nature of the business, we can’t attract top talent,” Bierman said. Recruiting for the Marijuana Industry

CannaSearch LLC saw the need for top talent early and jumped on the need for talent by having the largest cannabis job fair in history, CannaSearch. Co-founder of CannaSearch, Todd Mitchem said, “We are offering five times more jobs than last time, proving that CannaSearch™ is becoming an amazing conduit for people who want to work in the cannabis industry and the companies who want to hire them. If all these jobs are filled quickly, we will add over $15 million in annual income to the cannabis industry.  That’s exciting.”

So there you have it. Get to work. Remember:

Recruiting for the Marijuana Industry


About the Author: Jackye Clayton is a recognized people expert who puts the Human in Human Resources. An international trainer, she has traveled worldwide sharing her unique gifts in sourcing, recruiting and coaching. She offers various dynamic presentations on numerous topics related to leadership development, inclusionary culture development, team building and more.Her in-depth experience in working with top Fortune and Inc 500 clients and their employees has allowed her to create customized programs to coach, train and recruit top talent and inspire others to greatness.

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By Jackye Clayton

Jackye is an acclaimed thought leader and inspirational speaker on recruiting and DEIB topics. She brings years of experience recruiting across a variety of industries including tech, HR, legal, and finance. In her role as VP of Talent Acquisition and DEIB, she leads all related work at Textio, provides critical expertise to customers, and serves as a leading voice in the products Textio creates for the broader ecosystem. Jackye has been named one of the 9 Powerful Women in Business You Should Know by SDHR Consulting, one of the 15 Women in HR Tech to Follow by VidCruiter, and is on the Top 100 list of Human Resources Influencers by Human Resource Executive Magazine.