Photos: Inside CannaSearch, Colorado's first-ever pot-industry job fair

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People from around the country took part in CannaSearch, Colorado's first cannabis job fair, at which twelve marijuana-based companies set up tables offering job opportunities.

O.Pen Vape presented the event, and it was open for anyone ages 21 and older. Jobs included photojournalism, marketing, sales, tour guides, bud tenders and growers, and the line to get inside of the 1058 Delaware Street site was three blocks long, and it had to be cut off around 6 p.m.

Approximately 1,200 people attended, according to O.Pen Vape co-owner Tim Cullen, with some waiting as long as three hours.

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Andy Veron, right, of Keef Cola speaks to a potential employee. Veron explains, "We are trying to hire driven people to their strengths while building up the company."
Cullen and his team thought of the idea to host the job fair in the Mile High City.

"When we go through a hiring process, we usually put an ad out on Craigslist, then collect resumes, and call in interviews, and it's a slow process," he says. But then, Todd Mitchem, chief revenue director at O.Pen Vape, "saw a job fair for another industry advertising in the paper and we were like, 'Oh why don't we do that?' Initially we were going to do a job fair just for O.Pen, but why not open this up to a wider audience?"

Their results were a success.

Everyone from entrepreneurs and marketing managers to cannabis lovers and people who were just getting started in the job field attended.

Jordan Matthews, an Aurora resisdent who recently moved here from California, was looking for a sales position. She claims marijuana was the only way to cure the pain she was having, and it's the main reason she wants to get involved in the field.

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Ralph Morgan left, of O.Pen Vape speaks to applicants.
"I wouldn't be sane, or alive, if it wasn't for the medical marijuana industry," Matthews says.

Not only could attendees hunt for potential careers, but there was also an opportunity to get educated on pot. The Cannabis Hemp Academy offered $420 online courses to learn whatever is needed to become well-rounded in the industry.

"Our idea is to get more people educated about the basics of hemp and cannabis," explains the Academy's Laura Kriho. "Since the whole propaganda campaign of 75 years of people lying about cannabis, there's still a lot of misinformation out there. So our goal is to educate more people and make them more aware."

Other organizations at CannaSearch included The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine, 420 Tours, Southwest Alternative Care, Organa Labs and Colorado Green Tours.

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Denae Griego, left, talks to fair attendees at the MMJ America booth.
Almost every table in the packed room held a line of five to ten job-seekers clutching their cover letters and resumes and hoping to get a foot in the door within the ever-changing, rapidly growing weed business.

"It's obviously a fast growing industry," said one attendee, Sean Quinones. "It's blowing up in Colorado, I need a job, I like cannabis, and it all seems to come together right here."

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Sylvie Garcia
Sylvie Garcia

When is the next job fair? I couldn't make it to this one!

Rachel Lucero
Rachel Lucero

A dream job for sure! If I weren't relocating somewhere else for work already I would have loved to have made the jobfair, this industry will BOOM and put quite a lot of people to work.

Ron Gowins
Ron Gowins

Not a lot of urine tests were done at this job fair...lol

Jessa Seward
Jessa Seward

^^If you are referring to it as "shit" you will not be hired. ^^

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

Can't believe there were people who couldn't wait for a potential interview or job long enough without having to get blown. I might go to the next fair to apply. I'm sure my odds would be better working in the industry because I don't smoke that shit and because I have no reason to steal and sell on the side. It would just be a job. Then again, I wouldn't want to be working when the Feds roll in to clean house.

Justin Day
Justin Day

Thanks for covering it. Was a good experience for everyone that attended.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The handful of actual "jobs" offered by the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels are near MINIMUM WAGE dead-end positions like Bud Tender -- counter help -- and tedious hand trimming stare-at-a-wall repetitive-motion drudgery for 8 hours a day.


Everyone in that line would be better off GROWING for THEMSELVES, and working a REAL JOB in an honest career or trade. 


This "fair" was -- as admitted by the organizers -- just a lazy and easy way for them to fill a handful of job positions without having to suffer the usual overhead of interviewing and hiring, to the detriment and disappointment of the vast majority who will not be hired.


It's a cattle-call for the desperate, not much different than a "Model Search".




Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

Just jobs, coming from the slightest tidbit of restored freedom. Nothing to see here, citizen. Move along!

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Looks that way, Rachel. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Funny post, Ron. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Interesting pot, Stan. We're going to feature it as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

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