From pothead to profitable; how did cannabis go from the “devil’s lettuce” to “making cheddar”?
Canadian cannabis company, AHLOT, is offering weed smokers the chance of a lifetime. 6 lucky Canadian residents, aged 19 and over, will be paid up to $1,000 a month to test out their products.
The job description states that hires should be “expert-level connoisseurs who have lived with cannabis long enough to understand and express the nuances that distinguish one strain from another.”
The position will see one test out different types of licensed products, write reviews, endorse the brand on social media, and attend company events. They will be compensated $50 per hour up to 16 hours per month, with an additional $200 expense allowance.
While the job seems like a dream to some, others are upset at its premise. When Fanshawe College student, Ulisa Correira, found out about the job offer, she was shocked.
“It’s not really fair to others who have to work really hard for their money. Someone of us students get $14 an hour doing things that require a lot more work- compared to trying out weed.”
One could argue that the job AHLOT is offering, is not just “trying out weed”. The company is specific in their search for someone who knows the ins and outs of cannabis- an expert.
Like any job that requires skills and knowledge, the upcoming weed industry will be looking for those who excel in its business.
Consulting firm Deloitte’s 2018 cannabis report found that 71% of Canadians listed “strong product knowledge” as the most important factor for legal retailers to have. Meaning those who regularly smoke weed, have a stronger chance at getting hired into this new industry.
Unlike his peer, Fanshawe student, Corey Drong, believes that this upcoming workforce is a positive thing.
“It’s caused a lot of problems over the years, when it was illegal. People were arrested for small amounts, and now were having people get jobs because they smoke pot? I personally think it’s a really good thing.”
He adds that he believes that charges should be dropped for anyone who was found in possession of marijuana in the past.
Those like Correira who are against the upcoming weed industry will have just under one month to get used to the idea.
Cannabis is set to be legalized throughout Canada on October 17th.