The state of New York’s labor department recently published sample job descriptions for various positions in the marijuana industry. Their intention is to allow prospective employees to evaluate their qualifications to work in different roles in the growing industry while also helping firms streamline hiring processes.
In a statement, a representative of the department said that marijuana’s legalization had created significant opportunities, and the department of labor was committed to supporting businesses as well as those seeking employment in the state as the industry continued to expand. The department began posting the sample descriptions earlier this month. They include example positions in delivery, cultivation, retail, and product manufacturing and hospitality as well as sampling and testing jobs.
Some positions are entry level, such as managing retail inventory or trimming, while others require skilled individuals for roles such as cannabinoid extraction, management or laboratory testing. The job-description samples are posted on the department’s Cannabis Career Exploration site and are meant to be used as education resources for those seeking employment. The website also includes a page on how to find cannabis jobs and links to marijuana education opportunities.
The department also released a statement noting that this online resource was put together to help New Yorkers explore working in the marijuana industry. It further noted that the resource would also help those seeking employment to evaluate their skills to find a focus area and determine what education or training they would need to succeed in their chosen careers. The department then added that the resources could be used as a starting point for businesses as they start hiring their workforce.
The sample postings come just weeks after the state’s Supreme Court lifted an injunction that prohibited state cannabis regulators from processing new retailer licenses. This move will allow the New York marijuana market to expand significantly.
In a press release, the Cannabis Control Board’s chair Tremaine Wright stated that the decision brought relief to hundreds of those with provisional licenses whose businesses had been sidelined. Wright then noted that the board remained focused on upholding a transparent and fair process as it continued to support and grow the state’s marijuana industry.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul also wrote on social media that the decision by the supreme court meant there should be more places to buy tested, safer and legal marijuana stores would launch faster. Currently, however, there fewer than 30 licensed retailers for adult-use cannabis in the state.
It is expected that the court’s decision will also reduce the number of illicit operators in the market, who currently make up a significant fraction of the marijuana market.
Marijuana industry actors elsewhere, including group leader Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NASDAQ: ACB) (TSX: ACB), are likely to welcome the steps that are being taken to get the industry finally going in New York State since the state has faltered several times in its attempts to roll out regulated sales.
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