A cannabis jobs frenzy hit Illinois as soon as Governor J.B. Pritzker initiated the end of cannabis prohibition with his signature on a key piece of cannabis legislation. With the stroke of a pen, Pritzker legalized recreational cannabis for Illinois – making it the 11th state to do so. Now, with the end of prohibition in sight, numerous companies have posted open job positions online, although not all of the job positions deal with cannabis directly.
Chemists, IT Analysts, General Contractors, and experts in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) are some of the new positions which don’t require any cannabis experience nor direct contact with the cannabis plant. Meanwhile, cannabis-focused jobs which were posted include cannabis cultivators and budtenders, or retail cannabis salespeople.
An Illinois cannabis firm with four medical cannabis dispensaries, Grassroots Cannabis, posted that it is in need of a marketing manager, educational writer, and art director who share a “passion for cannabis”. Cresco Labs, operator of 5 medical cannabis dispensaries and 3 cannabis cultivation facilities all located in Illinois, intends to double its employee count with 300 newly hired employees. Another corporation poised to expand after legalization, Green Thumb Industries (GTI), is on the hunt for 10 more people to work in their corporate offices with 12 more open positions for employees to work at its 5 medical cannabis dispensaries and 2 cannabis cultivation facilities.
Eunice Kim, Vice President of Green Thumb Industries, stated: “With the possibility to open 5 additional stores, and with our existing facilities operating in an adult market, there will inevitably be additional jobs created for us on both the wholesale and retail side. It’s unclear exactly what that would amount to, but it will be significant.”
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