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LedeTree Cannabis News Roundup – September 22, 2017

A look at cannabis news from around the country

By David Royse | LedeTree.com

Head Hunters

How do professionals – with all that word entails – land jobs in an industry, that while growing and full of potential, was illegal until very recently, and for many has an image that’s well, less than professional?

And how do companies in the cannabis industry, which is expected to grow at a near 30 percent clip for the next few years, find top talent, when mainstream job search firms may still think people interested in marijuana are a bunch of baked slackers with the munchies?

Enter Vangst Talent, which bills itself as the cannabis industry’s “largest and leading” staffing agency.

Twenty-four-year-old Karson Humiston got the idea while while walking arojund a cannabis trade show in 2015. There wasn’t really anything giving recent graduates who were starting serious job searches any entry to the the cannabis industry. And mainstream job search companies that match firms with employees, particularly executives, aren’t very plugged in in the cannabis industry.

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Humiston looked at the numbers though – this industry is growing.

In 2016 eight states voted to legalize marijuana, bringing to 28 the number that now have medical marijuana laws on the books. Legal spending in the U.S. and Canada approached $7 billion last year.

Read more on Humiston and Vangst at Fast Company

She’s also been featured in Money and CBS News

Sort of related: From Head Hunters to Head Shops – another business in the cannabis space started by young 20-somethings is also growing like, well, like a weed. Read Leafly’s story on Smoke Cartel’s rise, starting with a $600 investment and now bringing in $5 million in revenue.

Costa Farms Opens First South Florida Dispensary

Curaleaf Dispensary

Costa Farms is opening its first standalone dispensary, called Curaleaf, just south of Miami’s Dadeland Mall.

More from Miami New Times, and The Miami Herald

Also worth a read:

California, which will allow regulated marijuana use starting Jan. 1, will have a temporary licensing program aimed to allow for quicker licensing until state rules can be made: Leafly

Former Congressman Alphonse d’Amato, formerly staunchly anti-drug, now working for Marijuana Policy Project, pushing for more access to medical cannabis: New York Post

About David Royse

David Royse
David Royse is the Editor-in-Chief of Ledetree.com. He has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years, including stints with The Associated Press and The News Service of Florida. He enjoys writing about health and medical science, and hopeful stories about scientific breakthroughs and new technology.

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